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July 10, 2016

PATINA July Meeting Announcement

Our featured Speaker for the program on July 10, will be Don Williams. Don Williams has been an artisan for more than four decades, practicing furniture restoration and conservation, carpentry and furniture making, foundry patternmaking, metalworking, and tortoiseshell and ivory work. He recently retired to the Virginia mountains after almost three decades of research, writing, teaching, and artifact care as Senior Furniture Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution. His most recent book was “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley” (Lost Art Press: Ft. Mitchell KY, 2015), with “To Make As Perfectly As Possible: Roubo on Furniture Making” (Lost Art Press) due out this fall as the follow-up to “To Make As Perfectly As Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” (Lost Art Press 2013) , to be followed by others on various topics of craftsmanship and related materials technology in the coming years. His historic craft and homesteading interests are chronicled at www.donsbarn.com.

In Memoriam

Many of you have known Norman Powell over a decade or two or three. This past Saturday he passed away. He will be missed by numerous PATINA members as well others in several tool collecting organizations as mentioned in the Obituary below. Details about this week’s Funeral Services also appear below. PATINA will make a donation in his name to the Kline Hospice House 7000 Kimmel Road Mt. Airy, MD 21771. I encourage each of you to make a separate donation if at all possible. Information for doing so is below. Norman was a good friend of mine and we spent many hours talking about woodworking tools and other collectibles of mutual interest. I will miss him and his friendship. Please forward this email to those who also knew Norman as well. Thanks, John Williams


Norman Alexander Powell, 74 of Frederick passed away peacefully on Saturday July 2, 2016 at Kline Hospice House after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. His loving wife of 24 years Elizabeth (Mickey) Powell was at his side. Born on August 25, 1941 Norman was the son of the late Paulis and the late Minnie Powell. Norman grew up on a farm in Greene County, Virginia with nine siblings. He loved the outdoors and this led him to enjoy what became his life work. Norman graduated from William Monroe High School in Stanardsville, VA. Shortly thereafter he began a job with the State of Virginia Survey Department. Norman joined Dewberry & Davis where he continued his survey career for over 30+ years. In 1997 he established his own company, N A Powell & Associates. Norman loved to go to Estate auctions and flea markets. A member of Patina, MWTCA Mid-West Tool Collectors Association, Inc and Surveyors Historical Society his passion was collecting surveying equipment and woodworking tools. He was a life member of the Piedmont Stella Perfect Ashlar No. 50 Masons, A&A Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and Shriners International. In addition to his wife he is survived by his son Brian Powell and wife Crystal. Step daughters Rosemary Murphy (Lewis) and Melinda McCollum. Three beloved grandchildren Alexandra McCollum, Andrew McCollum and Oliver Powell. And one great grandson Jaxon Broadhurst. He is also survived by nine siblings including five brothers Larry Powell (Emogene), Calvin Powell (Charlotte), Griffin Powell (Lillian), Merril Powell (Mary Ann) of Stanardsville, VA and Dr. Norris Powell (Wilma) of Zuni, VA. Four Sisters Patti Baugher, Audrey Morris (Ronald), Joann Powell of Stanardsville, VA and Janie Austin (Howard) of Staatsburg, NY. Norman was preceded in death by an infant brother Nelson Maynard Powell and a brother in law WL Baugher of Stanardsville, VA. Please note information about funeral services below: The family will receive friends at the Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick on Wednesday July 6, from 2-4 and 6-8pm, where a Masonic Service will be held at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel Thursday July 7, at 11:00 am with Rev. Tim May officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norman’s name to the Kline Hospice House 7000 Kimmel Road Mt. Airy, MD 21771



Meeting Information

The Potomac Antique Tools and Industries Association, Inc. (PATINA) is an educational, tax-exempt organization for people who have an interest in the tools, crafts or manufacturing processes of the past.

Formed in 1977, PATINA is a regional tool club based in the Washington, D.C. area. We have members from 24 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries. Antique tool collectors, tool users and people simply seeking knowledge are well represented in PATINA's membership. The annual dues of $12.00 includes membership for the entire family and they are welcome to participate in all PATINA events. PATINA's original group of about 30 has grown to over 250.

Our mission is to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of the tools and trades practiced by our American ancestors. This purpose is partly served by the bimonthly newsletter PATINAGRAM which includes member-contributed articles and information of interest to our members. In addition, the PATINAGRAM provides regular announcements of upcoming meetings and auctions, reports on past meetings, reviews of relevant publications, and notices of other tool-related events. As an educational organization, PATINA is often invited to stage exhibits and demonstrations for local and national groups that express an interest in early tools and trades.


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