Archive for June, 2017

Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy Noah Blake: 1805 Part IV In Our Series

June 30, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy Noah Blake: 1805 Part IV In Our Series

Here is Part IV in our series exploring Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy.  In Part IV, Edith and I examine Sloane’s question:  Are tools art?

Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy Noah Blake:1805 Part V of Our Series

June 30, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy Noah Blake:1805 Part V of Our Series

Here is the latest installment in our series of videos following Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy.  In this video, Edith and I show how to make ink from berries, just like Noah did c. 1805.  We hope you have as much fun watching this video as we had making it!

The Eric Sloane Biography

June 19, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on The Eric Sloane Biography

Available now through Weather Hill Farm:   Aware:  A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane.  Learn more. about the biography of Eric Sloane by clicking here.

Eric Sloane and the traditional Bell Ringing at the Eric Sloane Museum

June 16, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane and the traditional Bell Ringing at the Eric Sloane Museum

Our next event will take place on Tuesday, July 4th, at 2 p.m.  Join Barb Russ for the traditional bell ringing ceremony at 2 p.m.  The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, please contact Barb at 860-927-3849.

Eric Sloane and the Noah Blake cabin restoration

June 16, 2017 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane and the Noah Blake cabin restoration

New Friends of the Eric Sloane board member John Pennings and I had a great time together during Saturday’s Connecticut Open House.  John and I were able to speak with dozens of visitors interested in Eric Sloane, the museum, the friends group, and the Noah Blake Cabin and restoration project.

In the photograph above, you’ll see two super friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful guys.  At left is Bruce Perry and at right is John Pennings.  Bruce has donated his time to the Eric Sloane Museum to repair and clean several artifacts, and he has very generously agreed to donate several early American tolls and implements to the Noah Blake cabin from his extensive collection.  The gentleman on the right is our newest board member, John Pennings.  Those of you from the Eric Sloane community will no doubt recognize John as he is very active in all things Sloane.  John is completing a book that identifies many, many contributions by Eric to numerous magazines, newspapers, and books John has uncovered since the publication of Dean Mawdsley’s The America of Eric Sloane: A Collector’s Bibliography.

    Here is the “station” John and I set up in front of the Noah Blake cabin.  You can see a mortise machine and a hand drill at left, some examples of pit sawn lubber, some chisels, and a “commander” leaning up against the right side of the table.  John and I also brought broadaxes,  hand planes, nails, trunnels, and a host of other tools and material that would have been used to build a cabin in the early 1800s.  We had a wonderful time speaking with our many guest and demonstrating the adze on some wood.

Bruce Perry shows museum curator Barb Russ a yoke for carrying buckets

       John and I hope to see you on Saturday, September 23rd, from noon until 3 p.m., when we will again bring examples of early American tools and material that would have been used c. 1800, provide tours of the Noah Blake cabin, answer questions about the cabin, Eric Sloane, and our restoration efforts, and share information about our series of hands-on classes in traditional building techniques that will utilize the cabin as a classroom.  We’d love to see you there!