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April 2010 Group Photo

April 2010 Group Picture

Home Shop Machining in Connecticut

There are hobby machinist groups scattered around the USA including a small HSM group in Connecticut. Our CTHSM group is congenial and freewheeling: no rules, no dues, just people getting together to learn new techniques plus share thoughts on machining and other topics that arise. Meetings are held in member shops, nominally on the second Sunday of the month at 2pm. Anyone interested in attending a meeting please contact me (via the link below on this page)for more info and travel directions.

The June 14th meeting began at Museum Village in Monroe, NY. A number of CTHSM members arrived prior to the meeting and toured Museum Village before meeting at the Energy Building at 2pm. After touring the Energy Building we visited Eric's shop which is about 15 minutes away in Tuxedo, NY.




Museum Village Blacksmith Museum Village Tractor At left is the forge area of the Museum Village blacksmith shop.


At right is a steam powered tractor.


Treadle Lathe Steam Engine At left is a foot powered lathe from the 1880's; it still works but requires a little extra coordination from the user.


At right is a large steam engine, so large that the flywheel goes below floor level into a well provided for clearance.


Eric is working on a model, at left, of the large engine seen above. This is a fairly complex steam engine model which will eventually run on compressed air to demonstrate how the original engine operated.




At left is Eric's lathe, a Precision Mathews 12 inch. At right is Eric with his square column mill.






There will not be a meeting in July since many CTHSM members are away on vacation. The August 9th meeting will be at my shop in Newtown.

As usual, bring items for demonstration and/or discussion. Plus items for the sale/swap/free table.


Home shop machining is often a solitary hobby, as are most hobbies now according to "Bowling Alone". The CTHSM group is an attempt to get area HSM's to know one another and thus make our hobby a little less solitary.

The much larger NEMES HSM group is 2-3 hours away so we share some members and occasionally have visitors from that group.

CTHSM Meeting Schedule

The CTHSM group has been meeting for several years now, mostly on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 2pm, but we deviate from this with some regularity. February has seen a couple meetings cancelled due to weather, the April meeting has not been held since Cabin Fever's new schedule conflicts, the May meeting is on the 3rd Sunday to avoid a conflict with Mother's Day, and we don't meet in July because many members are on vacation. Over time our meeting schedule has become predictably irregular...


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