Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 4, Issue 3
   January 2010
   The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

MacLachlan Woodworking Museum
The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum houses a treasury of antique tools.

The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum was established in Kingston, Ontario, over 30 years ago. It all started thanks to one man's interest in the history of woodworking and his personal collection of antique tools.

In 1967, local businessman and amateur historian Sandy MacLachlan (1924-2008) bought a log house built in 1853 just outside Ottawa, Ontario. He had it dissembled and re-erected on the site of his family's lumberyard, which he operated. The historic building provided an ideal place to display his tool collection. Throughout the years, he added to it by purchasing many more historic tools at auctions and estate sales. As word spread about his museum, people began giving him even more antique tools, and the collection grew further.

Today, the museum is housed in two buildings on 55 acres of land at the Grass Creek Park, located just east of Kingston. The museum's permanent displays and temporary exhibits reflect the region's rich wood-related history. It's a great place for visitors to acquire detailed knowledge about how period furniture was designed, constructed and decorated. Images and comprehensive dioramas complement each display, and staff members are on hand to answer any question. "We also consider ourselves a research center, so we make ourselves available," said Annabelle Girard, program coordinator for the museum.
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