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November 17, 2019

PATINA Meeting

PATINA Keg Party

In appreciation for our long term members who religiously pay their dues on time, and by popular demand, we are having a Keg party at our November 17 meeting! The next person to spigot and demonstrate at our meeting will be Barrel (and Keg) maker Jonathan Hallman, Master Cooper from Williamsburg. This is a BYOB event…I encourage you to Bring Your Own Bung boring tools or any other unique cooper tools from your collection. If it’s cloudy, bring some Sun planes. Tailgating will start around 8:30 so please come early and “Stayve” all day. It should be a riveting, barrel of fun.

If you’re wondering, “Howel we get there?”, the location is easy to find. Its only about one mile off I-495, as the Croze fly, at exit 46B.

By now, you may have had enough of my verbal PUNishment, so in all seriousness, please join us on Nov 17 at the American Legion POST 270, 1355 Balls Hill Rd, McLean VA, 22101. A mini-auction follows the Tailgating. The program will start around noon.

Master Cooper, Jonathan Hallman is originally from Fort Washington Pennsylvania. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in December, 1995 with a BA in History. He began working for Colonial Williamsburg as an Apprentice Cooper in March of 1996, and completed his apprenticeship in July, 2001. I had the pleasure of seeing Jonathan hand plane, shave, and perfectly fit an assembly of tapered barrel staves together to create a watertight barrel.

Plastic straws, buckets and barrels are targeted for extinction so come learn how to make your own using hand tools, rived wood, and no coal fired power tools!

We are also advancing our call for Auction consignments for the March sale. One of our long time members read this request in September and consigned about 50 lots already. When good items are consigned early, they do well in the auction. If you have benefitted by attending PATINA events over the years and have amassed a nice collection, please consider consigning a few significant items, and take advantage of the small 15% commission. The early commitment will allow volunteers more time to photograph, organize, and advertise, with the intent to return stronger proceeds from the auction. The auction and dealer fees barely offset the March facility cost, parking lot use, and table rental, which exceeds $2500 per year. The PATINA Board wishes to avoid charging tailgate and entrance fees, but does have a fiduciary responsibility to uphold. Annual dues cover program costs so please join, pay dues, and help offset expenses.

See patinatools.org for meeting and auction information, join, and send late dues to the treasurer!

In 2020, I envision the January meeting date may be timed well enough that we hope to have world renowned Jane Rees as our speaker. Jane has researched and authored wonderful resource books on Rules, and British Planemakers, and the Seaton chest. We hope to be able to see her next publication at our meeting. Also, I recently saw a presentation by Steve Dietrich, on a Moravian style work bench that Steve just created. The knock down construction and utility was intriguing so I think members will appreciate a program by Steve.

Bring a guest and a new member. Questions welcome.

The location is American Legion Post 270 1355 Balls Hill Road - McLean, Virginia 22101




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.

Did You Know?


On October 26, the nearby Fredericksburg Area Woodworking Guild is sponsoring an event featuring Roy Underhill, long time host of The Woodwright Shop. In the morning, from 9:00 to 11:30 he will be presenting one of his favorite demonstrations on the making of an old fashioned wooden coffin followed by a presentation on a recently acquired set of tools and diary that belonged to the man who did all the joinery for the Robert E. Lee house at Washington college in Lexington, VA in 1868. This part of the event will take place at the Spotsylvania campus of Lifepoint Church, located at 5050Gateway Blvd. off of Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg VA 22408. Tickets for the morning event are $20.00 and can be purchased ahead of time via the Eventbrite link attached.


The afternoon session will take place at The Workshop, 1104 Summit Street Fredericksburg Va 22401, home of The Fredericksburg Area Woodworkers Guild. Roy will be offering his famous hand cut dovetail class from 12:30 to 5:00. The class fee is $100.00 and is limited to 15 students so there will be a lottery drawing for the tickets. Please contact Tim Eggers at T22960@yahoo.com if you are committed to taking the class and your name will be added to the lottery list. The drawing will occur on Saturday, October 19th. Tickets will then be purchased directly through The Workshop.

This event is organized by the Fredericksburg Area Woodworkers Guild, The Washington D C Woodworkers Guild, and the Richmond Antique Tool Society And is sponsored by The Workshop. The Workshop will be offering discounts on lumber purchases for all attendees, and tool trading is planned.


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