Links to Galoot-like Web sites
by George Langford
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Links & Abstracts
To see the old links as written way back when, click on this link.
The following URL's were gleaned on December 7, 2003, by scanning my entire Bookmark file and then, in January and May 2016, scouring the WayBack Machine for links to the lost sites. Those are the ones where the destinations don't match the text you see here. If the abstracts seem incomplete, that's because I decided to publish them sooner rather than later. These sites are too interesting to be simply rendered like common soap.
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By Nathaniel P. Langford in 1868, who two years later took part in the Langford-Washburn Expedition that explored the Yellowstone Basin in Montana, which became the world's first national park. See also the biographical article published in 1945 by George Langford in Colorado Magazine (pp.213-215) about his father Augustine Gallet Langford, who was N.P. Langford's younger brother. See also:

The Old Tool Nut Journal, the first and apparently only issue published on the 'Net by Paul Oltmanns (formerly d.b.a. oldtoolnut on eBay)
with a section of classified ads, auction announcements, flea markets, and wanted-to-buy items, another place with an article on rust, some old drilling tools for sale, edge tools, measuring tools, and wrenches.

Anonymously published website devoted to making a small steam engine, making several tool attachments for machining,
and some interesting modifications to an 8 inch stroke logan shaper.
Castings and drawings for a series of accessories & attachments for South Bend and Craftsman/Atlas bench lathes.

A detailed essay on Steve Reynolds's workshop, by Tom Price.
Hagley Museum & Library, located in Wilmington, Delaware on the banks othe Brandywine, and formerly part of the DuPont family's gunpowder mill.
Now associated with the Smithsonian Institution. Galoots will appreciate the machine shop and its belt-driven, formerly steam-operated machine tools.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art, located in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Built around the collection of Wyeth family art, there are frequent new exhibits of the works of other artists.
Located on Kennet Pike (Route 52) just north of Wilmington, Delaware, this former estate of Henry Francis du Pont houses a collection of decorative art as well as an astounding horticultural garden.
An over-the-top testimonial to the capabilities of the Cole drill, nowadays often found on Internet auction sites at modest prices. The Cole drill is a handy and more portable alternative to the common blacksmith's pole drill, but without any back gear to generate the torque needed for making big holes in ordinary steel plate, angle iron, and iron castings. - tools we have sold
A roughly decade-old collection of exemplar tools sold by David Stanley Auctions in England.
The bid prices are scary, but I would choke just on the shipping cost to the U.S.A.
Most of the listed tools were sold before the real estate crash of 2008, however.
John Walter's webpage for collectors of Stanley Tools, in this archive touting the 2004 edition of the Stanley Tool Price Guide.
The Davistown Museum is located in coastal Maine and maintains comprehensive histories of art, tools, toolmaking, catalogs ... as well as contemparary discussions of all the things that can go wrong in the modern world.
Paul "BugBear" Womack's 2009 compendium of Galoots on the Web.
Antique Tractor Internet Services - maintains lists of members' websites, newsletters for various specialty tractors, salvage yards, an archive search engine, obits of departed members, and detailed information on restoration & maintenance of antique tractors.
Before becoming a lawyer, Bill Taggart started this galoot-like webpage. Only a few images remain of his project to build a micro-workshop in his backyard, but it sure is cute. There's also a nice recounting of the process of deconstructing and reconstructing a hefty post drill. I appreciate both stories, as I've experienced similar projects at home.
Before Amazon took over the markets for just about everything, the Advanced Book Exchange was one of the best places to go for old books.  While you're reading this, also check out Jim Presgraves' Bookworm & Silverfish in Wytheville, Virginia, the best source of all for rare and out-of-print books.
Everything you might want to know about pewter casting alloys ... except their compositions ... all in one handy place.
The late Chuck Zitur's fine webpage on patents for drills. Chuck has chosen better patent illustrations than did Ron Pearson for The American Patented Brace, and he includes other drill-like devices that are interesting.
Gordon Muster's well-intentioned study of mainly Stanley planes, but the Wayback Machine hasn't done justice to the collection of thumbnail images that Gordon had meticulouly tabulated. Try out
OldToolUser's Bailey's Bench Plane Type Wizard.
Philosopher Mark Van Roojen's Woodworking Page, full of touching biographical and autobigraphical notes as well as details of building a snowy retreat cabin with timber framing, several guitars, his dad's milling machine and a highly detailed boiler that his father built from scratch.
Eldred's Auction Sales - with a 2002 catalog listing including price estimates. Alas, the Wayback Machine didn't capture the Prices Realized page from this auction.
The Galoot's Shaving Pony - everything you wanted to know, except about whiskers.
Sandy Moss's shop photos - not ready for Wayback Time.
As above, Christopher Swingley's shop page hasn't any Wayback images.
Patents for adding mouth adjustability to wooden planes.
Exhaustive listing of catalogs - but you'll have to hunt for the actual catalogues yourself - this site just gives the necessary bibliographific data.
Coles Power Models -still puffing away - and offering many gasoline-, steam-, and hot-air-powered models & kits.
Marilyn Gehman's quintissential outdoor, under-the-oaks flea market is open every weekend from April to the end of October and now offers Saturday Yard Sales at $5 per table the first Saturday of each month (i.e., May, June & July in 2016) which should help to offset the cost of gasoline.
Erik von Sneidern's 99% complete review of everything to do with Henry Disston's saw-making business ... I found a Disston saw that wasn't included once, but Erik wouldn't accept it as real.
Brian Buckner's wonderful photographic essay on the variety of saws available to workers of wood has recently disappeared ...
Makers of measuring tools ... an exhaustive list, but you'll have to find 'em yourself.
Donna Allen's final tribute to her departed husband, sister & best friend ...
she continued for a while on ebay, but Rose Antique Tools has finally closed.
History of the Disston company.
Sophie Taillifer's website - enter, then look up "Excerpts."
Jim Langford's not bad webpage, ca. 2004.
Jim Macino's metal detector webpage. I found Jim while looking for an old Elgin vertical milling machine ... which Jim was advertising. Jim needed the frame of a car that he was restoring. Said frame was in an intermediate state, about halfway between me and him. I drove my late son's pickup to the location of the needed frame, bought the frame, loaded it onto the pickup, and drove to Jim's place, where we traded the frame for the milling machine, whereupon I drove back home. It was a very long drive in a pickup whose oil pressure hovered around zero at any speed below 55mph. Suffice it to say that said pickup lived out it life and was put to rest, still without any oil pressure, eighteen years later, not because of any engine problems, but because it had rusted beyond hope.
There are three farmers markets that I like to visit. One is in Leesport, Pennsylvania, about an hour's drive to the northwest, The second is in Columbus, New Jersey, about an hour's drive in about the opposite direction. Leesport has a flea market every Wednesday and the first and third Sundays of each month during the season. Columbus has a flea market Fevery Thurday, Saturday & Sunday, year-round. The third is the New Castle Farmers Market, an hour's drive south, open Saturday & Sunday year round.
Directory of the inventors & makers of leatherworking tools.,tools-1.html
Guide to overpriced antique tools.
Michael McCarthy's traditional smelting & blacksmithing website.
Gordon Lewis Muster's (OldToolUser) webpage of projects plus a lot about Stanley tools.
John and Julie Hausheer's Wisconsin-based antiques website, plus an interesting essay on science and ways of debunking psuedo-science.
The Internet Antique Shop, with many realistically priced old woodworking ools.
Listing of history books for sale on compact disk (CD's).
Online version of Ron Pearson's classic, The American Patented Brace, hosted by the Midwest Tool Collectors Association.
Mazon Creek Collections Database, hosted by the Illinois State Museum. If you search on "Langford" you will see a list of all the Mazon Creek fossils collected by my grandfather and donated by him to the museum. I have seen the actual collection, which is stored like fine jewelry in an astounding storage system.
Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois, where I gave an invited talk about my grandfather some years ago, and from which this page evolved.
To make a long story short, The McKenna Process Company was a cyclical business, leaving my grandfather lots of spare time in which to pursue his scientific interests, which included collecting fossils in northern Illinois.
Andrew Sargent's treasure trove of oldtools links. Many of these links have been preserved by the Wayback Machine ... try 'em !
Structure of Wood, illustrated profusely, and essential for identifying wood species by microscopic examination.
Latest news (
as of 2012)
in the field of dendrochronology, the science of dating by emaination of the growth rings of trees.
The Industrial Supply Company, a consortium of dealers in hardware, a great site for mail order and also for getting galoot stuff that can be picked up from a nearby commercial hardware supply place. Balls for fixing old braces, taper pins, spring wire, etc ...
James E. Price's scholarly analysis of the technical development of the bit-holding components of woodworkers' braces, hosted by Sandy Moss.
James P. Riser's treatise on metal spinning, bringing the art up to date in a compact disk (CD).
James P. Riser's metalworking machinery collection, many with detail histories of their restoration and accessories. Years ago I bought an old planer from the conceptual ancestor of Mr. Riser, one Milton Bliss Gardner, who made it his life's work to making parts for linotype machines. Mr. Gardner made his own machine tools, usually from scratch from scrap parts and old metal. I saw his shop, which included several wooden-bed metal lathes that he made himself and used daily; a metal-working shaper that he made from washing-machine parts for a single purpose, and which he later disassembled and put in his scrap pile when that project was done; a single-point "horizontal bandsaw" that he used for parting off the large aluminum plates that were the raw material for linotype magazines, which used a single-point cutting tool with self-feed that cut the plate, several feet wide, one pass at a time, and operating automatically; and an open-side metal planer, also for working those linotype magazines.
Lancaster Farming, a weekly newspaper, has many interesting articles about local politics, agricultural developments, economics, etc., a huge number of classified ads, agricultural dealers' wares, and announcements of scheduled auctions in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. For years my copy was delivered by the USPS, but then, when rate hikes were threatening, it started coming by a newspaper delivery service, which couldn't be stopped, not when we were out of town, and not even when we cancelled our subscription. And it kept coming by mail as well, so for a couple of years we were getting two unwanted copies and didn't dare leave town without arranging for someone to grab the extra copy from our driveway.
This original Galoot Image Central found itself hacked, and so none of the images are present in the Wayback Machine,
but a new Galoot Image Central has sprouted in its place.
Paul Womack's web presence as BugBear, with a nifty site map. See especially this tutorial on finding handtool information.

BugBear's bowsaw construction project is a classic, but if you want to resaw thick planks into dainty sheets,
try William Duffield's frame saw project instead.
Tony Seo's webpage, a.k.a. Olde River Hard Goods, located kinda near the Susquehana River. Tony even has a For Sale page from 1997 tucked away and forgotten on a Carnegie Mellon University server. Tony is by trade a joiner ... but also has been educated as a musician. His pages on workbenches are a joy to see. There's also an interesting essay on legitimate cabinetmaking by Patrick Leach of Supertool fame that I never woulda thunk, and another excellent tutorial on the conservative cleaning of a plow plane.
BugBears's comprehensive 2009 collection of links to all things workbench ... lots of links ... all archived by the Wayback machine.
Keith Rucker's very detailed, step-by-step instructions for building a woodworker's workbench.
C.S. Osborne & Co., still in business and still making tools like this draw gauge.
Parts and accessories for mini lathes, mini mills, and micro mills.
Introductory information on 7x10, 7x12, 7x14 and 7x16 mini-lathes.
Glenn McDavid's list of woodworking resources, many of which have been captured by the Wayback machine.
Don Kinzer's machine tool page, with lots of machine manuals, projects, and generally nice ideas. Especially shapers and a couple of milling machines.
Patrick Edwards' website for his antique restoration business. See especially this list of links to other restorers.
Joe Crank's Antique Tools From Historic Salem, NY; a few examples of tools for sale, ca. 1997 ...
Art Mulder's multi-year list of projects, including his diary of building a nice-looking workbench.
Source for old catalogs of the famous auction house ... and hundreds of others.
New Hampshire maker of reproduction wood shaves, with portals to the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, Hock Tools, and The Windsor Institute.
Sam Allen Woodworking Books & Tools, mostly new stuff.

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