A couple of weeks ago, while Nick was busy cranking out vise screw production, my wife and I headed up to Canada for a well deserved mini-vacation to Niagara Falls and the surrounding area. During our travels we not only spent time in Niagara Falls which is truly awe-inspiring, but we also came across “Niagara-On-The-Lake”, a small town just northeast of Niagara Falls situated right where the Niagara River spills into Lake Ontario. The place is absolutely beautiful and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quick getaway trip.
While in Niagara-On-The-Lake, we visited the “Fort George” National Historic Site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/index.aspx
This is a reconstruction of the original fort used during the War of 1812 which happened to contain something known as the “Artificers’ Building”. This building housed the well trained craftsmen, or “artificers” – that we now know as carpenters and blacksmiths. The fort artificers could repair or manufacture almost any item from tools for other craftsmen and mess benches for the enlisted men to gun carriages and fort buildings, such as blockhouses. Here’s a picture of the outside of the building.
It was in the Artificers Building that I came across a tremendous find, namely, a fully functional English-style workbench that used wooden vise screws and face vises on opposite sides of the workbench. This workbench was also huge at about 12 foot long and about 4 feet wide. I took several pictures of the workbench & vise details that I’m sharing here for your education and enjoyment. Moral of the story, you never know where you’ll come across a great wooden workbench but when you do, stop, pause and enjoy!