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Sawmaking returns to 26th Street


Sawmaking returns to 26th Street 4As you can see Tim is standing on our new (used) pallet shelving, as he fastens it to the wall of our new space at 112 26th street. Moving into any old building is an adventure and this coming Friday is the massive "move the inventory day". We are packing through Thursday night and hopefully, the trucks will show up on time. Otherwise... well let's just not go there. Next week we will be at the Somerset Woodworking Show, and while normally the show is physically exhausting, compared to the move it will be a vacation and I am looking forward to it and seeing a lot of old friends. I'll be there Friday and Saturday so stop by and say hello. We will also be showing off new tools from Festool along with lots of other new stuff.

Unfortunately, as I have found out in the past few weeks, our new little dead end block at 26th street, which has excellent 4G service is not served by ANY high speed internet provider and has the worst internet service of any location in the United States. Hopefully in the next few months we can get someone to run a cable out our way, or figure out had to get a microwave tower to point our way. I suppose for a company involved in traditional skills like woodworking, hand carrying bits and bytes over the Pony Express might be all we deserve.

One of our customers, Gail Middleton, discovered that a century ago a famous saw manufacturer, Joshua Oldham & Sons had their premises exactly where we are moving to. Same building. Since Gail made me aware that we are stepping into some really big historical shoes I have located some letters and a catalog from the company. They seen to have made mostly power saw blades, mostly for saw mills. I'll have more information as I find it and make sense of it. The big news is that on December 11, 1901 their original factory burned down, to be rebuilt by 1903. I found that information here with a cool picture and I need to get to the library to take a look at the original and more importantly find out more about the magazine "The Saw-book Quarterly" (and get a better scan). I am positive it was a house organ for Oldham - the address is part of the factory, but I am really curious what the contents were. After we move it will give me an excuse to do some research.

Take a good look at the wall above Tim. If you look closely you can see where the a new wall was rebuilt over the fire damaged remains of the original factory.

In closing I hope to see all of you at the show next weekend, and of course come visit us at our new address starting March 1. 2016.
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02/10/2016 Dan
Very best to you and all your guys in your new home. May you all enjoy lots of long slow smiles.
02/10/2016 Revel
Have you tried Brooklyn Fiber? We use them in our goes us shop, they are great. Much faster speeds and response times than the huge evil companies.
We have tried everyone. with Brooklyn Fiber there is no line-of-site to our building. hopefully in the coming months we will figure out something better but for now - it's Pony Express
02/10/2016 Doug Dexheimer
Here's a suggestion: Use your cell phone as a mobil hotspot to connect to the internet. The system sends data from the cell phone to my computer via wifi. I have used this with an I-phone, and with an android smart phone.
02/11/2016 joseph curran
Hope all goes well. Big moves can be a killer. Good luck.
02/16/2016 Revel
Have you tried Brooklyn Fiber? We use them in our goes us shop, they are great. Much faster speeds and response times than the huge evil companies.
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