Amer Prec Museum & Model Eng Exhibit

Has anyone attended the Model Engineering Exhibition and the Amercian Precision Museum in Windsor, VT? I see this is the 5th year. Would appreciate some comments.

Gary Repesh

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I have gone up to that show for several years as a visitor not an exhibitor. I thnk it is worth the drive (I am about four hours south of Windsor VT) but then I don't mind driving a ways.

If you go also plan to visit (also in Windsor) the Simon Pierce Glass and Pottery Works on the noth end of town. The glass works is arranged with a balcony so that visitors can look down onto the glass blowing floor and see how it is done. I haven't visited the pottery works but understand that it is also arranged wo that you can see it being done.

South of Windsor is Putney VT home of Curtis' Barbeque Ribs and Chicken joint. Just off the exit and not too far from Basketville USA if the significant other is along for the ride.


Errol Groff

Instructor, Machine Tool Department H.H. Ellis Regional Technical School Danielson, CT 06239

860 774 8511 x1811

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Errol Groff

I have been to the APM, which is about 30 mi. north of the Mass. border on the west side of VT, For those interested machining history in the US, I'd rate APM a 10 (10 = highest). They have many machines dating back to the 1840's (some earlier or later). Their displays are simple but effective.

Their story of how American armories, in full co-operation, developed methods, machine tools, and measurring tools to effect interchangeable parts manufacture of military firearms.

Prior to the 1840's the English armorers (notably Enfield) sold locks for US handmade weapons to Americans. The locks were not made in the US. And, they didn't have interchangeable parts.

The American efforts were so good, that by the late 1840's, Enfield bought 1000's of weapons from American armories. They also bought machine tools and US consultation to set up up Enfield armories for interchangeable parts manufactue.

The above is a small part of the story how the US became pre-eminent manufacturers.

The model of machine tools (made by an apprentice) is also marvellous. By all means GO. Do a Google and find the museum url to get open times, etc.

Lud Pietz

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Ludwig P. Pietz

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