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Events & Meetings

The LIMWS is now gatherings for informal tool swap meets six times a year.

This is a joint acctivity with the former members of the, now defunct,
Long Island Antique Tool Collectors Assiciation.

The swap meets are held 6:00 - 8:00pm on the fourth Wednesdays of the even numbered months at the Frank Brush Barn on the grounds of the Smithtown Historical Society on the North side of Jericho Turnpike, just East of Route 111. The Barn is in the back yard of the SHS buildings. It's a little hard to find, so if you've never been there before please contact Jamie Swan, or the Smithtown Historical Society for directions.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per person to pay the rent on the Brush Barn. Any excess money collected is donated to the Smithtown Historical Society. All are welcome to buy and/or to sell tools and related materials.

We have a Google Group under the name "LI Tool Swap" as a method of sending out reminders for these gatherings, and also as a channel of communication for people who share an interest in tools, trades and the mechanical arts. If you would like to be added to this Google Group please send an email to Jamie Swan: jamieswan55@gmail.com

This balance of this web page documents past meetings and shop tours that are no longer being organized.

Pictures of many of these events can be seen on our Photos page.

If you have any interest in organizing a shop tour, or giving a presentation please contact Jamie Swan

2005

July 6th - First Meeting - Introductions / Organization

August 17th - Shop Tour - Jamie Swan's Home Shop - Northport

September 21st - Speaker - Gerhard Spielmann - Toolmaker / Machine Shop Owner / Model Engineer

October 19th - Shop Tour - Paul Decker's Home Shop - Ridge

November 16th - Speaker - Dan Semel - ManSon / Master Miniature Lathes

2006

January 18th - Speaker - Tim Croan - Lathe Alignment

February 15th - Tour - Ellis Konkel - BFG Marine - Deer Park

March 15th - Speaker - Harvey Schmit - Horological Lathes

March 19th - Special Event - Scraping Class - Rich Zipper

April 19th - Tour - Marvin Polan's Home - Music Boxes - Melville

May 17th - Speaker - Len Laufer - Heat Treating & Metal Polishing

June 21st - Tour - Lester Orlick / Jim Quinn - S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook Engineering Dept. Machine Shop

July 23rd - Tour - Conrad Milster - Pratt Institute Engine Room - Brooklyn

August 16th - Tour - Tony Vigliotti - American Powercell Battery & Roadtronics Automotive Technologies - Yaphank

September 20th - Speaker - Bob Deroski - L.C. Eichner and the Antikythera Mechanism

October 18th - Tour - Dick Ryder / Bill Lambertson - Brookhaven National Laboratory Central Machine Shops

November 15th - Speaker - Jamie Swan - Bicycle Wheels

November 17th - Field Trip - Mike Piersa / Bill McCarthy - Bethlehem Steel & Lehigh Heavy Forge

December 13th - Tour - Jeff Hung - Farmingdale State College - Mechanical Engineering Technology Department

2007

January 17th - Speaker - Paul Decker - Powder Coating Demonstration

February 15th - Tour - Bruce Howe - US FIRST Robotics - Sachem High School - Ronkonkoma

March 21st - Speaker - Tim Croan & Bob Burkhard - Lathe Chucks & Collets

April 21th - Tour - Donald Hoak - L.I Chapter #594 - Experimental Aircraft Assn. - Wright Flyer Reproduction

May 16th - Speaker - Dan Semel - The Evolution of Revolution Counters

June 20th - Tour - Ellis Konkel - CNC Demo - BFG Marine - Deer Park

July 18th - Speaker - Joe Polashock - "My Life as a Millwright"

August 4th - Tour - John Mehrling - Long Island Live Steamers - Rail Fan Club Day Picnic - Brookhaven

September 19th - Speaker - George Hart - Sculpture & Mathmatics

October 20th - Tour - Tom Ryan - Koenig Iron Works - Blacksmith Shop & Foundry - L.I. City

November 19th - Speaker - Jamie Swan - Building Traditional Steel Bicycle Frames

2008

January 16th - Speaker - David Greer - Travers Tool - Carbide Inserts

February 20th - Tour - Webb Institute - Prof. Neil Gallagher

March 30th - Metal Working Film Festival - Sunday 10am - 4pm

April 16th - Tour - Arkwin Industries - Precision Hydraulics - Bill Hermanek

May 21st - Club Consignment Auction - Brookhaven Ecology Center - Holtsville

June 25th - Tour - Mid-Island Electrical - 80/20 T-Slotted Aluminum Extrusions - Robert Benkov

July 16th - Speaker - Boris Vojvodich - Repair and Restoration of Mechanical Clocks

August 2nd - Tour - Long Island Live Steamers - Rail Fan Club Day - Brookhaven - John Mehrling

September 10th - Speaker (at SUNY Stony Brook) - Jim Quinn - Metals and Grain Sizing in the Microscope

October 15th - Tour - Weiss Instruments - Pressure and Temperature Measuring Instruments - John Weiss

November 19th - Speaker(s) - Library Night - Club Members talk about their Favorite Book(s)

2009

January 21th - Speaker - Steve Widom - Widom Associates - AutoCAD Inventor

February 19th - Tour - Suffolk Community College - Manufacturing Training Facilities - Karl Spielmann

March 18th - Speaker - Boris Vojvodich - Schaublin Lathes

April 19th - Tour - Brooklyn Navy Yard

May 20th - Speaker - Steve Mercurio - CADD Edge, Inc. - SolidWorks

June 17th - Tour - Sulzer Metco - Thermal Spray

July 15th - Tour (instead of a speaker) - Master Machinist / Model Maker - George Luhrs' Machine Shop

August 1st - Tour - Long Island Live Steamers - Rail Fan Club Day - John Mehrling

September 16th - Club Auction - Bill Hermanek

October 21st - Tour - Power Plant

November 18th - Speakers - Library Night - Club members talk about their favorite books

2010

January 20th - Speaker - Dan Semel - William Sellers, Forgotten Hero of America's Industrial Revolution.

February 17th - Tour - Min-Max Machine - Randy Neubauer

March 17th - Speaker - Cliff Spence - Tek-Set International Polymers

April 21st - Tour - Pre-War BMW Motorcycle Museum - Peter Nettesheim

May 26th - Speaker - Gary Elgort - NYC Steam Disasters - @ Webb Institute

June 16th - Tour - Hand-Made Armor - Jeff Wasson

July 21st - Speaker - Lee Munson - The Mortimer Gun Makers

August (July 31st) - Tour - Long Island Live Steamers - Rail Fan Club Day - John Mehrling

September 15th - Club Auction - Bill Hermanek

October 13th - Tour - Fluid Metering Inc - Chris Hulsen

November 17th - Speakers - Library Night - Club members talk about their favorite books

2011

March 19th - Tour - O.R.Young & Son - Antique Machine Shop - Riverhead - Peter Danowski / Lester Orlick

September 24th - Combination - Tour of Webb Institute and John L. Busch Speaking about his book "Steam Coffin"