Today I want to share with you one of the best examples of antique tools and chest that I have ever seen. This chest made by Henry Sutdley.
Studley Tool Chest
Photo by: Eric Long
Massachusetts piano maker Henry Studley built his magnificent tool chest over the course of a 30-year career at the Poole Piano Company. The chest lived on the wall near his workbench, and he worked on it regularly, making changes and adding new tools as he acquired them. Using ebony, mother-of-pearl, ivory, rosewood, and mahogany -- all materials used in the manufacture of pianos -- he refined the chest to the point that now, some 75 years after his death, it remains in a class of its own. Considering how many tools it holds, the famous chest is really quite small; when closed, it is just 9 in. deep, 39 in. high, and just more than a foot and a half wide. Yet it houses so many tools -- some 300 -- so densely packed that three strong men strain to lift it. Studley was well into his 80s before he retired from the piano company. Before he died in 1925, Studley gave the tool chest to a friend. That man's grandson, Peter Hardwick, loaned the chest to the Smithsonian in the late 1980s and later sold it to a private collector in the Midwest. The current owner loans the chest to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. from time to time.
I received a letter from Rusty and he is a lot happier up in Chino. Rusty tells me that the food is much better in state prison. He gets fresh fruits and veggies on a daily basis, and he actually has a ‘real’ mattress to sleep on. Rusty has a job in the prison kitchen; he says it makes the day go by faster for him. Rusty also told me that he has been out to the yard and he finally got some sun after almost a year! That makes this prison mamma very happy!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone....
N Posted by Rain at 7/13/2007 11:05:00 AM