Items from yesteryear fascinate visitors to Sutherland Steam Mill

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A lot of work has been done by the antiques that were on display at the Sutherland Steam Mill.

On Saturday the Antique Engine and Tractor club and the Antique Tool Collectors Association set up displays and shared information on a wide variety of items from the past.

“This is a yearly event and it’s been taking place for about 20 years,’ said Danny Julien of Porter’s Lake, who brought his 1 ½ horsepower Bruce Stewart marine engine. “We travel around for these and will be in Lorneville next. It’s a social thing because we see the same people with things on display a lot and we get visitors with the same interests.

“I’ve been interested in old engines since I was young. I like the simplicity of the moving parts.”

Art Keeble, of Musquodoboit Harbour, also visits several shows, but he is travelling with old tools.

“I’ve always liked the older cast stuff,” he said. “Some of these wrenches are over 100 years old and they’re still usable.”

One of his favourite items is a wantage rule. It is jointed and was used to measure “how much alcohol the barrel wants.”

Tom McCloskey travelled from Dartmouth with plumb bobs, used for ship building, and books on antique items.

Kate Langan, also of Dartmouth, brought some items she made with an antique knitting machine.

“The machine was made in Quebec,” she said. “It’s from 1879 and I restored it. I’m interested in all sorts of antique tools. I brought a scissor sharpener and my husband has corking tools.”

Organizations: Antique Tool Collectors Association

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Lorneville, Musquodoboit Harbour Quebec

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