Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Jack's Outback Rendezvous #13 Jack's Outback Rendezvous #13

1890’s Cast Iron Glue Pot. Sand-casted glue pot used to melt "glue tablets" (tablets were bought at the local hardware store). The two-part pot consists of a container for the tablets and an outer container that contained water heated to melt the glue. This set up was kind of a workman’s double boiler. The resulting melt was a gluey consistency, which the old timers said, "smelled horrible". The glue was made from all kinds of animal body parts. In fact, Jack says, "did you ever here the expression, "if that horse doesn’t straighten up, it’s going straight to the glue factory". Wow, very sticky business. "This glue was the precursor to Elmer’s, and just might be the best glue ever made" for a host of applications. To this day, Jack has stuff made in the 1700’s cemented with this type of glue, "and it is as strong as the day it was made".

Visit Jack’s Outback, 30 West Main Street, Cambridge, NY 518-677-2929.


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