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08-15-2015 04:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: new england hand tools woodworking school classes lumber travel visit new hampshire nh rhode island ri maine me massachusetts ma

My wife and I are planning a leaf peeping trip this fall and will be in the New England area. Any especially interesting woodworking tool, lumber, schools, and such wood related sites to visit?


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#1 posted 08-15-2015 05:01 PM

You can go visit Lie Nielsen in Maine. There’s Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut if you like wooden boats. New england is a large area, so I’m not sure where all you will be near.

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#2 posted 08-15-2015 06:55 PM

If you are near Portsmouth, NH one early morning about 05:00, head down to the docks.
When I was driving truck I use to get every load I could going that way.
I could buy live lobster that the restaurants wouldn’t buy because of size or defects for an average of $5 each.
The largest I ever bought was about 3 lbs. and I put it on my little portable grill.

A helluva lot better than truck stop food!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 08-15-2015 07:33 PM

Airport…...bus or train station….call if you need help getting out of there…..

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#4 posted 08-16-2015 12:15 AM

I am a long time fan of shaker design and craftsmanship, so I would say Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA has a lot to offer in the way of wood, textiles, farming, etc. Nearby in NY is Mt. Lebanon and Watervliet and in
NH is Enfield and Canterbury. There are several woodworking schools that can be found in the ads in Fine Woodworking or by doing an online search. Same is true if hunting for yarn or textiles.

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#5 posted 08-16-2015 12:58 AM

For vintage tools try Liberty Tool in Liberty, ME, The Tool Barn in Hulls Cove,ME ( near Bar Harbor) . I can vouch for Hancock Shaker Village, it’s not far from my home and a spectacular place to see. Also Old Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. The Flint Center there has an amazing collection of early American furniture both common and highend. There is the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage, just up the road from Deerfield, in Greenfield, MA. Many of the vintage tool making companies were here in Western Mass and this museum has an extensive collection. Hope this helps.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 08-16-2015 04:56 PM

North Bennet Street School in Boston.

The Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington, MA.

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#7 posted 08-17-2015 12:42 AM

From Portsmouth you can go east on rt 4. Lots of antique shops (I think they call it antique alley) and also from Portsmouth go up rt 1 along the coast of ME. Another killer spot for antique shops.

Also I haven’t been there yet, but I have their book. I plan to make the trip one of these days.

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#8 posted 08-17-2015 12:52 AM

I third the Hancock Shaker Village. You could spend a whole day visiting. The scenery will be beautiful in the fall.

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