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PATINA May 2022 Meeting (Greg Ricketts)
May 15, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Our speaker for the May 15 meeting was Greg Ricketts. Greg has done considerable research on off-brand tool makers.
He hosts wonderful and very informative websites, TimeTestedTools, and A Plane Life, as well as a considerable following on social media and has posted many studies of how to collect, date and restore vintage tools. His presentation was excellent and we were very fortunate to have him speak at PATINA.
Greg’s expertise is in tools which have been ‘contract produced’ for other companies and large retailers. He has compiled an extensive study of catalogs from Sears Roebuck, and he has detailed how and when such house brands such as Fulton, Merit, Dulap and Craftsman were introduced and sold, as well as the manufacturers that made them.
Additionally, Greg has researched original japanning processes and he has refined methods to bring life back to tools that are in need of serious restoration.
He explained in detail how companies such as Siegley, Sargent & Company, Union Mfg. Co., Buckeye Saw Vice Co., Stanley, Millers Falls Tools, PEXTO, Schmachtenberg, Kunz produced tools with their own names as well as others.