CRAFTS Tool Talks

At regular meetings of CRAFTS, members enjoy learning from speakers who delve into their areas of expertise related to tools, traditional crafts, history and more. This page (under construction) will list upcoming and past presentations at our meetings, including links to each speaker's info available on the web, and reports written up in The Tool Shed subsequently.

Upcoming

November 7, 2021: Gary Elsing (member of CRAFTS) on leather working
"For me, leather-working is a blessing from my father. During WW2 my dad received lessons from an elder gentleman that was retiring from leather working. My dad received his tools which were from the 1800's and now I use those tools today. I consider my leather working as the third generation. This full-time hobby became a part-time business about 15 years ago. Just like other trades, many of the new tools are similar to the old tools. Most of the tools I will display and discuss are over 100 years old and are still functional. My greatest interest in leather working is in the area of reproduction of period items such as fire buckets, wallets, harnesses, and hunting & ammo bags. My discussion about the tools will also cover the leather working techniques that require these unique tools."

Past

February 2, 2020: Jeff Donat on grist mills
See report in issue #199 (March 2020) of The Tool Shed starting on page 10. Members-only access until March 2023.
   Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM) website.

November 3, 2019: James Shomper on surveying tools
See report in issue #198 (December 2019) of The Tool Shed starting on page 10. Members-only access until Dec 2022.
   Surveyors Historical Society website.
   Virtual Museum of Surveying website.

June 2, 2019: Mark Worthington on gunsmithing
See report in issue #197 (September 2019) of The Tool Shed starting on page 10. Members-only access until Sept 2022.

April 7, 2019: Glen Guarano on furniture design and making
See report in issue #196 (June 2019) of The Tool Shed starting on page 10. Members-only access until June 2022.
   Glen's business website and Instagram profile.

February 3, 2019: Marty Ridder on clocks and timekeeping
See report in issue #195 (March 2019) of The Tool Shed on page 11. Members-only access until March 2022.
   Marty retired from his business of clock repair in December 2020 but helpful information remains on his website.

November 4, 2018: John Porritt on Welsh stick chairs, love spoons and textiles
See report in issue #194 (December 2018) of the Tool Shed on page 9. Members-only access until Dec 2021.
   Article by Christopher Schwarz about a visit to John's workshop, posted in April 2019.

June 3, 2018: Bob Amarant on turning wood
See report in issue #193 (September 2018) of the Tool Shed on page 11 (PDF).
   Bob's You-Tube channel.
   New Jersey Woodturners Association website.