Stopped By The Henry Ford

DrillPressOn our way up to Detroit for The Woodworking Show, we stopped off at The Henry Ford. (Of course, being winter and with the weather in the 20’s, Greenfield Village, where visitors are invited to travel through time and experience working farms and home life in America’s past, was closed.) The museum, however, was open and alive.

We stopped for the furniture – you’d guess that wouldn’t you – and found much more, including a few pieces of old iron from early woodworking days. The drill press in the opening photo, although changed throughout time, still looks similar to the machines we buy and use today, if they were juiced-up on steriods.

The bandsaw, to me, is an entirely different animal. This machine could barely fit into my shop today. There is no way it could fit into my early two-car garage shop. If I owned this machine today, I doubt I’d get to use it that much – with a horizontal surface that big, I’m sure it would become filled with seldom used but too good to toss wood scraps and other things.


On the furniture level, I’ve read many books and studied photos, but I can say that I was surprised to find a chest-on-chest that had finials that look like ice cream cones or had convex spirals. THF_ChestMostly you see finials with inward or concave spirals. As I read the accompanying description, I began to understand. The chest was from Connecticut. Many “different” pieces of furniture hail from the Connecticut area.

The most fascinating items that I found amongst the many pieces of furniture, cars, trains, buses, airplanes, machinery and tractor trailers – The Henry Ford has something for everyone – were the Presidential limos that carried Presidents Eisenhower and Roosevelt (FDR). In my opinion, cars from this era are the stateliest automobiles ever made, and you can imagine that the President’s car would be top of the line. I just wish they would have parked them next to the Dusenberg.

We’ll have more from The Henry Ford at a future date.

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