HandWorks Event 2015 #2: H.O. Studley Tool Chest and Workbench

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Blog entry by CharlieK posted 05-17-2015 10:28 PM 3153 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: What an Amazing Event! Part 2 of HandWorks Event 2015 series Part 3: Mary May and one sweet carving mallet! »

The now famous H.O. Studley Tool Chest and Workbench were on display at the Handworks 2015 event in Amana, Iowa. This was a rare opportunity to see these historical masterpieces in person.

The exhibition was curated by Don Williams and was very well done! The whole experience went beyond my expectations.

The tool chest is only 20”x40” and it holds over 270 different tools! It is adorned with ebony and ivory accents throughout. In addition to that many of the tools were custom made probably by Mr. Studley himself.

This is the outside of the tool cabinet. Notice the cleats on the back side so he could hang it on a wall.

Both the tool cabinet and the workbench were expertly restored. The vises on the bench were re-plated with nickle because they were in such poor condition.

The top on the workbench is original. The base for the bench was missing completely and had to be rebuilt.

Here is a picture of Henry at the Poole Piano Factory where he worked.

Let me know how you like the pictures. I would also love to hear from others who attended the Handworks event.

I have a few more photos on my G+ page. If you are interested you can see them by clicking here.

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 03:03 AM

Thanks for sharing! Wish I could of made it this year.

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