Thomas Edisons Menlo Park
Thomas Edisons skilled woodworkers made models, parts of scientific apparatus, and patterns for metal castings of machine parts in the Woodworking Shop. Using traditional hand tools and a few simple hand- or foot-powered machines, they made the small wooden object needed by Edisons laboratory operation. The woodworking shop is an illustration of Edison's reliance on traditional crafts to turn his fantastic ideas into realities.
In the center of the shop sits parts of the Combination Gas Machine from Detroit, Michigan. This
Edison purchased the Combination Gas Machine in June 1877, but the delivery of the machine was
delayed by that summers great railroad strike. The strike reminded Edison and his workers that
transforming America into an industrial nation would be a difficult and conflict-ridden process.
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