Joined Jan 29 2012
76 years old
I have been collecting many different sorts of items for about 30 years. It started with farm collectibles including IH and Cockshutt equipment. then added service station memorabilia which gradually included the tools of the trade and then added woodworking tools. I had been widowed for about 5 years and during that time we had started Heritage days up and down our road including buck skinner demonstrations etc. I then got married again and my good wife thought we should include something for the ladies to look at too. That lead to one of the most extensive Canadian sewing machine collections known to exist. After enjoying them for 20 years my wife decided that it was time to sell them off so many have found their way into another sewing machine museum in N. Carolina.
I also have 2 Studebaker cars I am working on and have a 56 sedan off the frame for full restoration.
Among my farm collectables I am now concentrating on IH dairy equipment. I have included in my collection several rare machines including Dairymaid Cream Harvester, Bluebell, (now undergoing restoration), Primrose, McCormick Ball Bearing, and A S3 maroon McCormick Deering. We also have the first McCormick Deering vacuum pump (1927 flat pulley) on a cart with a 1926 type M engine both fully restored.
I have recently semi-retired and built a new shop next to our home 40 x 48 feet. It includes a new hoist, machine shop and spray booth, used for both sand blasting and painting. Keeps the rest of the shop clean.
I spent 40 years as an auto mechanic and from 1980 added a store to our shop selling tools and woodworking supplies. In 1991 when I got remarried we closed the garage part and concentrated on the store only and in 2008 sold the property hence the need for a new shop at home which we are enjoying very much.
That about covers it.