Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club

A few years ago I visited the Ashtabula Antique Engine Club on a couple of occasions and documented one of those visits in October of 2011 with a posting entitled, Reflecting on the Past.  Then recently a friend asked if I knew where we might find an abandoned sawmill to shoot.  I remembered there being a sawmill at this club which was operated by the Amish during their big Antique Engine show each summer.  It can be seen in operation here.  Along with another friend, we decided to travel to the site in Williamsfield, OH to see what we could shoot.

The Sawmill

The Sawmill

First on the list was the sawmill.  With spider webs covering it we were able to shoot it in a dark shed where it resides, ready to be fired up again this summer.  The giant blade is about 4 feet in diameter!  After spending time in the sawmill shed we roamed the grounds, welcomed by the club Vice President, and shot many photos in exhibits including an old schoolhouse, a general store, a blacksmith shop, a museum of antique farm equipment, an outhouse, the old gas station and a recreated oil well pump house.  A few selected photos follow.

Teacher's Desk

Teacher’s Desk

Blacksmith Blower

Blacksmith Equipment

General Store Register

General Store Register

Gears

Gears

Belts

Belts

Chains

Chains

A trip to photograph an old sawmill turned out to be much more fruitful as we all came away with many interesting images of antique items once used in Ashtabula County Ohio.

Many Thanks to Larry Lipps who graciously allowed us in on a workday at the club and made us feel extremely welcomed!  The club’s big show this summer is on July 5, 6, and 7 for anyone wanting to visit and see hundreds of antique engines and tractors in operation along with all of the standing club exhibits.  A trip worth taking!

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About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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3 Responses to Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club

  1. Patricia, Wellington Ohio says:

    Historical villages, museums and such are so interesting. Do you ever get told that photographs are not allowed? I have run into that problem lately even a greenhouse that is part of our metroparks has a policy about taking photographs. I could tell you stories of when I have been told no photographs could be taken. Aside from that these are wonderful photographs of yours as usual.

    • Thanks for your comment Patricia! I have been told on just a few occasions, usually on private property like a mall or shopping center and often in art museums but not a public park facility. Many places do not allow tripods as they present a tripping risk. Sounds like you’ve had some interesting occurrences!

  2. チャコ z2 says:

    new balance スニーカー

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