MotC: Bob Berghorst’s Vintage Line-Shaft Woodshop

For some woodworkers, going professional spoils the enjoyable of the craft.
Not for Bob Berghorst, of Zeeland, Mich. After a long time spent
constructing furnishings and prototypes for trade and working his
personal firm producing customized plywood, Bob determined in 2002 that
a great way to unwind within the evenings—and, ultimately, in
retirement—can be to create a woodworking store as it would
have appeared in 1900. He didn’t should go far to search out what he
wanted to fill it.

Within the late 19th century, close by Grand Rapids was on the hub of
the biggest focus of furnishings factories within the
nation, all of them stocked with strong cast-iron machines
pushed by line shafts, belts, and pulleys. Frequenting outdated
factories close by, a few of them lengthy vacant, Berghorst salvaged
line shafts and counter shafts, pulleys and belts, store carts,
hand-screw clamps, lights and home windows, beams and posts. He even
tracked down square-headed lag bolts and interval paint colours.

On this audio slideshow, Berghorst provides a guided tour of the
store. He additionally invitations anybody to go to the store in
individual. You possibly can electronic mail him right here: blberghorst@hotmail.com.

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