Great Woodshops: A Passion for Old Cast Iron

One woodworker’s quest has become a historical treasure trove for all to share.
By David Thiel
Pages: 38-40

From the October 2004 issue #143
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Dana Batory didn’t start out to become the authority on vintage woodworking machinery. His college education was leading him to a career in geology, but that didn’t take. After stepping back to reassess his interests, he came up with a list that included writing, history, woodworking and machines. Suddenly the answer to what he should do with his life became obvious.

Today, Batory is the go-to guy if you have a question about an old woodworking machine. His knowledge is not just for those who collect machinery. More often (and more to his preference) it’s for woodworkers who have found a bargain and need to know how to rebuild, maintain and use an old tool in their shop.

From the October 2004 issue #143
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