Tuesday, October 11, 2016. . . .

What Mother of Tools Makes Itself?

by Jack Brown

Jack Brown returns to the Big Walnut Area Historical Society at 7:30 on Tuesday evening, October 11, to present a program on the amazing lathe. The program will be held in the Myers Inn Meeting Room across from the southwest corner of Sunbury Village Green and is free to the public.

The lathe is known as the mother of all machine tools - and - as the tool that makes itself. Come to the Big Walnut Historical Society to step back in time and gain some "hands on" experience with the machines at the birth of the machine tool industry. You will have an opportunity to use a metal cutting lathe similar to those in use 200 years ago. Explore the role local Ohio businesses played in the development of this industry. See the links going back over 2000 years that led to this invention, and see how the lathe is related to today's 3D printers. Learn about state of the art technology 200 years ago and work with surface plates, micrometers, and dividing engines. Understand the changes in occupations made possible by the lathe - and its children,

A Small Lathe

After earning a BS from The Ohio State University, MA from Bowling Green State University and a ABD from The University of Illinois, Brown taught at Siena College (in Loudonville, NY), Columbus State Community College and Adult Education at The Ohio State University. He developed and presented business training workshops in Poland and Hungary.

As a Statistician and Economist, Brown served as Research Director of Ohio Department of Development, Director of Ohio Small Business Development Center, Director of Business Analytics for Columbia Energy Services and regional economist for Loudoun County Virginia.

Brown began Shocking Discoveries, (http://www.shocking-discoveries.com/) as a way to share his interest in history and science. After a career teaching statistics, forecasting energy trends, and conducting training programs in the US and Europe, he now concentrates on developing educational programs for children and adults. These programs provide the opportunity to experience the joy of seeing how things work and to be entertained at the same time.

He is bringing his program to Sunbury as part of the regular monthly meetings sponsored by the BWAHS which owns the Myers Inn Museum. The museum is open 12-3 on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 10-3 on Saturday. Special group tours which may include a luncheon or tea may be arranged by calling the Inn at 740-965-1154 - leave a message with your phone number and your call will be returned.

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