Marine Engineering History. A neat UK page with great pictures of old engines, both steam and diesel, from the past. Including a tribute to the engineers of R.M.S. TITANIC who all went down with their ship.
goldmachinery.com Antique machines for sale from a machine dealer, click on the antiques section of their invintory goldmachinery.com
www.pledge.co.uk. .Engine Turning and Ornamental Turning. David Pledge of Pledge & Alworth Engine Turners (London, UK) . Extensive information about the history and use of these machines, as well as vast amounts of information about practical applications, are available on their informative and constantly-updated website at
Not strictly a web link but Steve Chastain sells exact dimensioned drawings and data for a very successful small cupola. This little furnace is one of the few I have ever heard of which produced nice hot iron the very first heat! Well designed and strongly built. If you are interested, contact him direct at the following address: Steve Chastain
2925 Mandarin Meadows Dr .Jacksonville, FL 32223
Kew Bridge Steam Museum. Some of the most famous and beautiful, preserved, working steam engines in the world! The famous engines of the Kew Bridge Pumping Station, on the Thames above London, are truly awesome; you have to see them to believe anything this incredible and huge could be made of metal by human hands.
British Horological Institute. A large site from this prestigious organization. A must-see if you love old clocks, watches, and the history of timekeeping. Plenty of information here.
Ornamental Turning. Steve Johnson, loves Holtzappfel ornamental lathes; and his massive site cov
Engineering ering their history and the gorgeous work they can do is truly an awesome piece of work! Don't miss it! Even if you're not into fine woodturning or antique machinery, this is an impressive example of a website created by an individual out of sheer dedication. Excellent graphics, links, and layout.
Tannahill Weavers One of the best groups in the world! Guitar, fiddle, flute, Scottish bagpipes and sweet harmonies on traditional and contemporary ballads. Available on tape or CD, too.
Google This is now our Search Engine of choice. Lean and mean, not cluttered up with advertisements and slowloading graphics. Excellent search algorythm.
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Not strictly a web link but Steve Chastain sells exact dimensioned drawings and data for a very successful small cupola. This little furnace is one of the few I have ever heard of which produced nice hot iron the very first heat! Well designed and strongly built. If you are interested, contact him direct at the following address: Steve Chastain 2925 Mandarin Meadows Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32223
Vintage Computers and Related Stuff (Antique Machines of the future)
The OAK Repository, CP/M Archives Remember CP/M? Well, it is still around and there are tons of programs hoarded away on the Net for it. Perhaps the best collection is in the OAK Repository. Many hundreds of programs for all your favourite old machines, KayPro, CompuPro-Godbout, NorthStar, etc.
Borland Online Museum Borland Turbo Pascal and Turbo C were among the finest programming environments for many early platforms. Borland has placed several early DOS versions of both in their online museum for free download. My favourite for PC was Turbo Pascal 5.0.
Simtel.Net MS-DOS Archives Here is the best online collection of DOS software of all types for older PC's. A little bit of everything is here! Plan on spending quite a few visits to browse all of it; it is HUGE!
Steve McCoy's TRS-80 Site Here is an excellent site for TRS-80 fans. I still have a pair of the monster Model 12's with twin 8 in. floppy drives. With Pickles & Trout CP/M, this was real seat-of-the-pant s computing!
Herb Johnson's S-100 Pages Herb is the premier online authority for S-100 computing and for a number of years wrote the well-known "Dr. S-100" column for the The Computer Journal. His site has a wealth of info and he is happy to send copies from his extensive collection of original manuals and documentation at nominal charges.
Vintage Computer Festival This is an annual event in Silicon Valley, with a huge flea market and many exhibits celebrating our computing heritage. These chaps have one of the finest collections of older computers and a terrific pool of expertise to call on if you need answers to questions regarding a vintage machine or program. Their LINKS page is the finest on the Web.
The Analytical Engine The first true computing machine, built by Charles Babbage in the Nineteenth Century. This beautiful steel and brass mechanical marvel embodied most of the concepts of modern computer function. Many of the principles of computer programming were pioneered for this machine by Lady Ada Augusta, Countess of Lovelace, the first true programmer. The Ada language was named in her honour. This is a wonderful and marvelously crafted site, worthy of an extended visit! Henry Ledgard, a professor of computer science and a well-known author on programming languages, wrote a marvelous book in the early 1980's which was built on the premise that Sherlock Holmes had known of the Analytical Engine and employed it in many of his investigations. FROM BAKER STREET TO BINARY, MacGraw-Hill, 1983, is written in the best Holmesian style and is both fun reading and an excellent tutorial on computer use and programming from the world's most famous detective and deductive reasoner. The popularity of this book led to two more, ELEMENTARY BASIC and ELEMENTARY PASCAL, both of which are most excellent reading and a welcome addition to anyone's lilbrary if one is lucky enough to come across them.
The Manchester Baby Largely neglected by American computer historians, the Manchester SSEM or "Baby" as it was affectionately called, built in the late 1940's at the University of Manchester, was the first computer which had all the normal components we now regard as characteristic of a basic computer system. On 21st June 1948, it ran the world's first successfully stored program and could handle any short user program from its electronic memory. This led immediately to a full sized system, the Manchester Mark 1, and further, to the world's first commercially available system, the Ferranti Mark 1.
ABANA Artists and Blacksmiths Association of North America www.abana.org
BABA British Artists and Blacksmiths Association www.baba.org.uk
WRABA Western Reserve Artists and Blacksmiths Association www.wraba.com
SOFA Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil Association. www.sofasounds.com
PAABA Pittsburgh Area Artists Blacksmiths Association www.paaba.net
Hephaistos Site for the superb German based magazine on the art of forged iron. Die Welt der Metallgestaltung
National Ornamental Metals Museum National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, USA www.metalmuseun.org
Florida Association of Model Engineers http://www.floridaame.org/ - Very active and easy to use!
Hobbicast http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hobbicast/ - Home foundryman's discussion forum
Portland Model Engineers http://groups.yahoo.com/group/portlandmodelengineers - Forum for P.M.E. Club
Practical Machinist http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/index.php - The Manufacturing Forum.
Quorn Build Blog http://thebloughs.net/hobbies/metalworking/quorn/ - Detailed step by step to build the Quorn
Quorn Owners http://groups.yahoo.com/group/quorn_owners/ - Group for Quorn Tool and Cutter Grinder owners.
C L U B S
Bay Area Engine Modelers Club http://www.nvbackflow.com/engines/ - Club site is fairly up to date.
Cabin Fever Expo http://www.cabinfeverexpo.com/ - Not club but when you need it most, a good get-together!
Colorado Model Engineering Society http://www.metal-club.org - Lots of good info and tips.
Florida Association of Model Engineers http://www.floridaame.org/ - Active group with an up to date website.
Kansas Association of Model Engineers http://www.geocities.com/steammodel/index.html
New England Model Engineering Society http://www.neme-s.org - A very busy calendar and lots of website info.
North American Model Engineering Society http://www.modelengineeringsoc.com/ - Yup, the one & only!
Packards International http://www.packardsinternational.com/ - Devoted to the Packard Motor Car.
Packards of Oregon http://www.packardsoforegon.com/ - I really like Packards.
PortlandTechShop http://www.portlandtechshop.com/ - Co-op workshop with tools for fabric, wood, metal working
Ridge Live Steamers http://www.ridgeclub.org - Over two miles of 7�" track in Florida.
Toronto Society of Model Engineers http://www.tsme.ca - 75 years old, active and well organized.
C L I E N T S
Abundant Renewable Energy http://www.abundantre.com/ - We make patterns for them.
Barr Casting http://www.barrcasting.com/ - High quality Brass, Bronze, and Aluminum sand castings.
Hillcrest Shops http://hillcrestreedley.com/products_shop.html - We produce some of their castings.
M & S Hydraulics http://www.antiqueshockabsorbers.com/ - We make patterns for their reproduction car parts.
Varicast http://www.varicast.com/ - A true jobbing foundry for quality iron and steel castings.
Yakima Press Co. http://www.yakimapress.com/ - They sell quality cider presses; we make their patterns.
S U P P L I E R S
A2Z CNC Products http://www.a2zcnc.com/default.asp - Desktop machine accesories and jewelry tools.
ASAP Source http://www.asapsource.com/public/index.asp - Raw metals in most shapes and sizes.
Asbury Carbon http://www.asbury.com/ - The world's graphite and carbon source.
Bill Reicherts Model Engine Plans http://www.billreichart.com/ - The source for model engine construction plans.
Campbell Tools Co. http://www.campbelltools.com/ - Lathes, mills, metals, books, videos.
Classic Motors http://www.classic-motors.at/ - Casting kits for scale model pioneer gas 4-stroke engines.
Coles Power Models http://www.colespowermodels.com/ - Casting kits for gas, steam, sterling, hot air engines.
Dale's Plugs and Plans http://www.daledetrich.com/ - Model spark plugs and plans for engines to put them in.
Debolt Machine, Inc. http://www.deboltmachine.com/ - Scale engine kits, parts, lubricators, fuel systems, tools.
Engineer's Emporium http://www.theengineersemporium.co.uk/ - Petrol, steam, hot air engine kits.
Jerry Howell http://www.jerry-howell.com/ - Plans and kits for Sterling, atmospheric and gas model engines
Little Machine Shop http://www.littlemachineshop.com/ - Tools and replacement parts for mini lathes and mills.
Marshall Machine & Engineering http://www.rockisland.com/~marshall/ - Cupola furnaces, Atlas Engines.
Midwest Model Steam Products http://www.midwestmodelsteamproducts.com/ - Live steam products.
Myers Engine Works http://www.myersengines.com/index.html - Ryder-Ericcson, Stirling, radial steam engines.
Online Metals http://www.onlinemetals.com/ - Stainless, aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, titanium, tool steel.
Otto Gas Engine Works http://www.ringspacers.com - Piston rings from �" to 86" diameter.
Rocky's Model Engines http://home.earthlink.net/~randyarockwell/index.html - Scale model gas engine kits.
Shelf Pet Models http://www.shelfpetmodels.com/ - Casting ket for 1/3 scale "Red Devil".
Smal Parts, Inc http://www.smallparts.com/ - Adhesives to wire springs and everything in between.
Special Shapes http://www.specialshapes.com/ - Shapes in brass for the hobbyist.
H O B B Y I S T S
Antiques & Scale Model Engines http://www.antiquengines.com/ - Old iron, Detroit Engine Works.
George Luhrs Minature Model Engines http://www.minimodelengines.com/index2.htm - The name says it all!
How To Make Springs http://home.earthlink.net/~bazillion/intro.html - Everything you need to know!
Internet Craftsmanship Museum http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/index.html - Outstanding workmanship.
Marv Klotz's Utilities http://www.myvirtualnetwork.com/mklotz - Software/programs for people who build things.
Metalworking.com http://metalworking.com/index.html - Resource for the "Rec.Crafts.Metalworking" community.
Quorn Tool and Grinder Cutter http://www.thebloughs.net/hobbies/metalworking/quorn/index.php#overview
Start Model Engineering http://start-model-engineering.co.uk/ - A friendly place for model engineering beginners
Stationary Steam http://www.stationarysteam.com/ - Rich Carlstedt's models including his USS Monitor engine.
Added from Americanartifacts.com 10-2022
Links to other sites
Maine Antique Digest A great general antiques monthly that is also fun to read. They had a good article on the Maryland Microscopical Show recently, and, a few scientific instruments are usually found in the display ads.