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The American Axe by Eric Sloane, N.A.

December 14, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on The American Axe by Eric Sloane, N.A.

The American Axe, an original pen and ink illustration from Eric Sloane’s The Second Barrel. In very good original condition with an “extra” – Eric Sloane signed the illustration in his red marker after the illustration was shot for publication.  Newly framed, 13.5″ tall x 16″ wide.  Image size is approximately 5″ tall x 10″ wide.  $275.00.

Eric Sloane’s 50th Anniversary of Parker & Co. International, Inc.

December 14, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Eric Sloane’s 50th Anniversary of Parker & Co. International, Inc.

Fantastic “trinket tray” by Delano Studios of Long Island, N.Y.  Eric Sloane designed dozens of illustrations for Delano to use on their enamelware cookware line, for luncheon and dinner plates, and for unique items like this tray that commemorated the 50th anniversary of Parker & Co. International, an aviation insurance company. Hand colored and charming illustration by Eric Sloane specifically for this tray.  $50.00.

2018 Presidents letter in Winter 2018 issue of Legacy, the newsletter of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum

December 9, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on 2018 Presidents letter in Winter 2018 issue of Legacy, the newsletter of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum

Dear Friend in Eric Sloane:

Many of you will recognize my daughter Edith on the cover, holding an Eric Sloane painting we are donating to the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum this year.  The photograph, while cute (I am biased) is symbolic of two challenges for the future.  The painting itself is to me symbolic of support – support for the Friends, support for the museum, and support for the legacy of Eric Sloane.  We donated this painting so it could be sold in the future to help fund the next project that the Friends envisions to enhance the visitation experience at the museum and to help visitors more deeply understand and appreciate the work of Eric Sloane.  Edith is symbolic of the second challenge to engage young people, encouraging them to want to learn and experience early American life and culture. Your support continues to be a critical component of working towards meeting both of these challenges.

         Our goal for 2019 is to erect the cabin and offer an experience for volunteers to help put the finishing touches on and in the building. We’re inviting all of our sponsors, donors, members, and the wider community to take part in four sessions in 2019.  We’ll provide the tools, snacks, and instructions covering many aspects of traditional 18thand early 19thcentury building techniques.  We’ll go over safety, proper use of traditional tools, and technique – if you’ll bring your enthusiasm, sunscreen, bug repellant, proper boots and attire, and a sense of humor.  Join us and be part of a fun and informative experience helping to build the Noah Blake cabin.  

Our collective efforts will be celebrated on Saturday, September 21st, as part of the 50thanniversary celebration of the Eric Sloane Museum – an event you will not want to miss.  Thank you for standing with us– and continuing to stand with us in the future.  

With My Thanks, 

Jim

Edith’s Poem If By Sea

November 26, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Edith’s Poem If By Sea

If By Sea

 

If by sea you go, I will go with thee.

Sea deep. Sea cold. But how is sea to thee?

Sea brave. Sea beautiful. But how is sea to thee?

If by sea we go, I will pack for thee!

A loaf of bread and a gallon of milk will be fine for us to eat while we are at sea, don’t yea? What packing must thee do?

Thee will need more food than that if we go to sea! Clothing, too!

But what of the children if you go? said thee.

Anna, Mary, John and Baby Lee will be fine if we go by sea.

But how? you ask. John is only three. How can he be the man of the family if we go by sea?

Anna is already eleven and Mary will soon be seven. They can take care of John and Baby Lee if we go by sea.

Eleven! Seven! Too young! said you.

Yea of little faith! Has thee no trust in thou children?

If Aunt Carrie stays with Anna, Mary, John and Baby Lee then I suppose thee can go with me to sea.

I am going to sea with thee! In a skiff we will go! Getting whiffs of the salty sea air!

Yea laughed. Does thee not understand the dangerous sea?

If we go by sea, what shall we travel by?

Boat of course! This is no calm moat!

But of course! We must expect the worse.

I will call Aunt Carrie to tell her she will be caring for Anna, Mary, John and Baby Lee.

What will you tell her about where thee plans to go?

I will tell her the one thing I know. If by sea we go, I will surely be with thee!

I

 

 

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Moving Stone at the Eric Sloane Museum

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Recognize this helpful lady? Barb helped to shovel snow, pry, and carry old foundational stone from the Noah Blake cabin yesterday morning before our meeting. We worked together on this cold project so that Mike Gawel can begin the new foundation and we can use these stones for….

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….re-use on the new foundation! These stones are beautiful, with some very large and flat examples perfect for re-use.

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At the Eric Sloane Museum Yesterday

November 18, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on At the Eric Sloane Museum Yesterday

The remains of the Noah Blake cabin, beautiful if not a bit forlorn. Taken yesterday morning, it is almost hard to believe such exciting things will be taking place next year! We want you to be part of ALL of this experience. Details to follow!

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Volunteer Day at the Eric Sloane Museum

August 14, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Volunteer Day at the Eric Sloane Museum

Edith’s take on the August 10th volunteer event:

It was so amazing to see the shingle- making process and it was even more fun to experience doing it yourself. You get such a feeling of accomplishment and that you are doing something both physically active and educational. We had a great time laughing and discussing shingle-making and The Eric Sloane Museum. It was so nice meeting the volunteers and talking to them about The Eric Sloane Museum, the cabin project and shingle-making! We all had so much fun!

Thanks to Edith for most of the photos in this post. Thanks to Scott Sheldon, shown in many of the photos, for helping us with the layout of the shingle roof.

 

Volunteer Day at the Eric Sloane Museum

August 14, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Volunteer Day at the Eric Sloane Museum

Edith and volunteers working to split shingles during Friday’s volunteer session at the Eric Sloane Museum. We’ll see you for our last two events of the year, September 7th from 11-3 and September 29th from 11-3.

Temporary Closure of the Eric Sloane Museum

August 6, 2018 |  by  |  Comments Off on Temporary Closure of the Eric Sloane Museum

I received this from Barb Russ at the Eric Sloane Museum:

 

In preparation for our celebration of a half century showcasing the life of Eric Sloane through his superb collection of  early American tools, his painting and illustrations, his prolific writings, and his artists’ studio,  the Eric Sloane Museum will be closing for the season on Monday September 3rd. Starting in October, the museum  will be undergoing structural repairs and upgrades to secure the building and improve the visitor experience for the next half century. The museum will remain open during regular museum hours (Friday-Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm) through Sunday September 2. Visitors are still welcome to explore the grounds of the museum and see the remains of the Kent Iron Furnace which produced iron during the nineteenth century, and is a featured industrial site on the Connecticut Iron Trail. The remaining events will take place as scheduled including learning how to split shingles with several members of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum on Friday, August 10th, from 11 to 3.

The shingling events with the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum will continue as scheduled:

Friday, August 10th from 11-3

Friday, September 7th from 11-3

Saturday, September 29th from 11-3

We’d love for you to join us.  We’ll provide the training and snacks.