Wednesday, 24 March 2010

HO Studley Tool Chest ... DO Want ...

This could easily be on the top of my Do Want list ... click on the photo for a closer look ...

The history of H.O. Studley and his tool chest.

Massachusetts piano maker Henry Studley built his magnificent tool chest over the course of a 30-year career at the Poole Piano Company. The chest lived on the wall near his workbench, and he worked on it regularly, making changes and adding new tools as he acquired them. Using ebony, mother-of-pearl, ivory, rosewood, and mahogany -- all materials used in the manufacture of pianos -- he refined the chest to the point that now, more than 80 years after his death, it remains in a class of its own.
Considering how many tools it holds, the famous chest is really quite small; when closed, it is just 9 in. deep, 39 in. high, and just more than 18 in. wide.
Yet it houses so many tools -- some 300 -- so densely packed that three strong men strain to lift it.
More on the chest HERE


beck said...

Wow, what an amazing piece of work. I loved this post,thanks for showing me Henry's masterpiece. I've just been looking through your lovely blog, fascinating! xo

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