• Education

    The Abacus

    History and Use ABACUS stands for: Abundant Beads, Addition and Calculation Utility System The Abacus is an ancient way of learning math and doing calculations. The Greek abacus was a table of wood or marble with small counters made of wood or metal to slide along rods for mathematical calculations. There was a tablet found on the Greek island of Salamis in 1846 that dates back to 300 BC, making it the oldest counting board discovered so far. It is said that the abacus was invented in China, around 1300BC. It was made popular during the Ming dynasty, and has been popular calculating device ever since. In the ancient world…

  • Education,  General

    History of Furniture Styles and Types

    There are many, more than a dozen, different Eras of furniture and as many styles of the different eras. The next segments of this blog will be about the different eras and styles of household furniture. We will start with the oldest and work our way to the modern although most popular furniture these days are vintage or antique. The different eras are: Elizabethan 1560-1603 Jacobean 1600-1690 Pilgrim 1620-1700 William & Mary 1690-1735 Queen Anne 1700-1755 Pennsylvania Dutch 1720-1830 Louis XVI 1760-1789 Chippendale 1750-1790 Hepplewhite 1780-1810 Federal 1780-1820 Sheraton 1780-1820 American Empire 1800-1840 Victorian 1840-1910 Arts & Craft 1880-1910 Scandinavian Contemporary 1930-1950 The Elizabethan Era Queen Elizabeth I belonged to…

  • Education

    How to Clean Bones

    You may have stumbled across animal bones on the side of the road or in your backyard, and you wish to display them or add them to a collection. While animal bones can be a very interesting and, in my opinion fun, to collect it is very important to make sure they are cleaned properly in order to make sure they are smell-free and safe to handle. Always remember to wear gloves, take universal precautions, and observe your state laws involving picking up roadkill and owning certain animal parts. Steps to cleaning bones: Cut away as much meat as you can and scrub away the rest with a toothbrush or…

  • Education,  General

    The Monitor Gas Sad Iron

    Sad irons were heavy hand-held flatiron that was heated on a stove then brought over to the iron board by a detachable wooden handle. D.A. Lake invented the Monitor Sad Iron in c. 1901, on January 23,1902 John C. Lake applied for his patent and was granted on April 14, 1903. Monitor Sad Iron Company is also known for putting Big Prairie, Holmes county, Ohio on the map. The sad iron factory was hand built including the original equipment by the Lake family. The factory was powered through an overhead pully drive line. The Sad iron design is comprised of a shoe or ironing surface which was highly polished. The…