EDWARDSBURG–A brace and bit, hog butchering stretchers, a rail leveler, horse, anchor, an ice cutting saw, and pant stretchers are just a sampling of countless items on display through Nov. 1 at the Edwardsburg Area Museum.
The second exhibit of the season is “A Tool for Every Job,” and the museum has gathered many items from its inventory and added several on loan from area residents to create an unusual array of tool memorabilia.
Among the most significant is an ice saw, or ice plow, that has been stored in the basement of the original museum house for many years. A heavy piece, it was long used to cut ice on area lakes, and took two people to move it into place in the main gallery. Persons visiting the museum during this display will be offered a printed list of items that they will be invited to identify. Those who excel at identification will be offered small ‘prizes.’
John Sindelar of Edwardsburg will be the guest speaker in September. His presentation will be at 7 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 19. Sindelar, who grew up in Berrien Springs and opened his first show in Eau Claire, has collected tools from 20 to 30 countries, and estimates his collection at 10,000 pieces. He has been featured in several national magazines and owns Sindelar Fine Woodworking in Granger, Indiana. In addition to a video presentation, he will park his Sindelar Traveling Tool Museum museum’s side yard for public exploration.
His presentation is open to the public and there is no admission charge.