Remember going on field trips when you were a kid in school? The Guild’s trips are the same thing, only we’re much older. And this year we have two field trips lined up.
The Spring Trip is on May 21st to the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington, Massachusetts. Go to their website and check them out, www.oldschwambmill.org. For over 100 years the mill made those oval picture frames used for photos of your old aunt with the stern eyes. The frames are turned on a lathe.
THEY’RE OVALS! Even Jon Siegel doesn’t turn ovals, at least intentionally. Anyone can visit the Mill on Saturdays and see this lathe, sitting idle on display. By special arrangement, the Mill will have their turner running the lathe for us that Saturday. A nonprofit group runs the The Old Schwamb Mill just two days a week. We will support them with their standard $5.00 admission fee. Registration is needed for tour planning purposes.
The Summer Trip will be on June 18th for a tour of the Beech River Mill in Center Ossipee, New Hampshire. The Beech River Mill is also a 19th century mill, but Beech River is still operating today. They make blinds and shutters using both new and old equipment.
We will see their current shops and equipment as well as their historic parts of the mill. Visit their website at www.beechrivermill.com.