Author Archives: Jeff Burks

A Reminiscence on Handrailing

I hold that a man may become a teacher at any age, but that he should not take upon himself to write reminiscences until he is in the sere and yellow leaf, otherwise “in the thin grey line.” It is … Continue reading

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America’s First Globe Maker

James Wilson, who has the honor of being the maker of the first pair of terrestrial and celestial globes ever made in America, was a native of Londonderry, N.H. He was born in 1763. He early felt a strong love … Continue reading

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Timber for Coach-Makers

The Carriage-business is of a nature so peculiar, that it is of the utmost importance that manufacturers should at all times have on hand a good supply of well-seasoned and well-selected timber. This every manufacturer who has been in the … Continue reading

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Robert Forgan, Golf Club Maker

One day last summer we overheard two seaside urchins discussing, coram populo, the merits of a couple of golfers whom they called “Johnnie” and “Freddy.” Any uninitiated listener would have been surprised to find that these players were not at … Continue reading

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Elephants at Work

…Early the next day, while yet cool, we visited one of the decided ‘lions’ of the city—the working elephants. Formerly these were very numerous, being the heavy workers in the timber yards and great saw mills. Machinery has now supplanted … Continue reading

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Social Economics

Interesting Figures Relative to the Cabinet-Making Industry As a Fine Art It Has Been Killed by Labor-Saving Machines The Chicago Trade and Labor Union held a meeting at Mechanic’s Hall, No 54 West Lake street, yesterday afternoon, at which about … Continue reading

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Machine Shop Characters

There are many things to be learned in the machine shop by keeping one’s eyes open, and observing the characteristics and idiosyncrasies of our shopmates. There is, for instance, the much talked about and well known man who “knows it … Continue reading

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