Friday, September 29, 2017

Vanished tool makers: Burr's Damascus Tool Works, Detroit, Michigan

Above, four Burr moulder's trowels in my possession.  A major manufacturer of moulder's tools, the company started in Detroit, Michigan as Godwin & Burr before becoming Burr's Damascus Tool Works.  For more information, visit the Trowel & Masonry Tool Collector Resource.

These tools were used in making moulds from wooden patterns, into which molten metal would be poured to form the actual parts.  With the coming of 3-D printing, no doubt a declining occupation.

Louis V. Newkirk, Ph.D.,  General Shop for Everyone.  Boston:  D.C. Heath & Company, 1952, 1959.

The Book of Bolton.  Compiled, edited and published by Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd.,
Cheltenham and London, 1961.

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