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The Shingle Machine and the Everett Massacre Nov. 5, 1916 ...
« on: October 15, 2016, 08:45:00 AM »
 THE SHINGLE MACHINE
Jon Carr Farrelly 2016

   The Everett, WA waterfront of 1916 was dominated by machines, not just the ships, steamers, boats and trains, rather by the largest machine of the period - the Factory.
A machine made up of smaller machines and millions of parts, including thousands of workers who were treated as just parts - replaceable parts that were treated with less respect than the machines of iron, steel and steam they served. Sawmills, Pulp and Paper Mills, and Shingle Mills were the dominant Everett form of the factory machine engaged in the endless process of turning the massive forests of the Pacific Northwest into lumber, paper and shingles. The Shingle Mills in particular were brutal places to work, each shingle weaver sat next to a large, unguarded circular saw spinning at high-speed and sliced bolts of timber into shingles, and then wove them into stacks. A journeyman shingle weaver could handle 30,000 singles in a ten hour shift. Each time - 30,000 times a day - when he reached for one of those flying pieces of cedar, he gambled the reflexes of eye and muscle against the instant amputation of his fingers or his hand."1 The working conditions in the mills of all sorts led to labor strife, unionization and, eventually, the presence of the Industrial Workers of the World and the events of November 5, 1916, The Everett Massacre.

http://epls.org/nw-history/digital-collections/everett-massacre

This piece represents those machines and those Workers, both now long gone, this shingle machine has produced a stack of unexpected shingles - the mugshots of the 74 I.W.W. members arrested following the events of the Everett Massacre.

Mixed-media (wood, plastic, metal, paper, plastic model parts, printed I.W.W. mugshots attached to veneer) 14.5 X 16 X 5

1. Andrew Mason Prouty, More Deadly Than War: Pacific Coast Logging, 1827-1981, New York; London Garland Publishing, Inc. 1985


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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2016, 08:46:10 AM »
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"Evil our grandsires were, our fathers worse;
And we, till now unmatched in ill,
Must leave successors more corrupted still."
Horace, 65BC - 8BC. Marsh translation.

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Re: The Shingle Machine and the Everett Massacre Nov. 5, 1916 ...
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Parts of a built up Airfix Maudsley Paddle Engine were used as the basis of the engine.
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Re: The Shingle Machine and the Everett Massacre Nov. 5, 1916 ...
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2016, 09:29:22 AM »
Wow ... that's impressive! Great concept, great model, great history lesson  :)
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2016, 10:55:10 AM »
That's a great piece of work.  8)

Is it going on display somewhere related to Everett? It should be...
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2016, 01:19:14 PM »
Wow ... that's impressive! Great concept, great model, great history lesson  :)

Couldn't have said it better. Very impressive indeed!  :)
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2016, 03:07:20 PM »
Wow ... that's impressive! Great concept, great model, great history lesson  :)

Couldn't have said it better. Very impressive indeed!  :)

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Model depicts well the nature of dangerous log-to-shingle process. :)

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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2016, 06:34:51 PM »
Wow looks like some museum quality work there!

I had no idea making shingles was so dangerous. My respect for those in the roofing trades has just doubled!

Well done, Mr JCF!

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Re: The Shingle Machine and the Everett Massacre Nov. 5, 1916 ...
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2016, 03:07:37 AM »
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Re: The Shingle Machine and the Everett Massacre Nov. 5, 1916 ...
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2016, 06:40:07 AM »
+1 all the previous comments, 

Curious as to why ships were required to travel between Seattle and Everett. Was there no rail link at that time?  But it could be walked (25 miles).
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2016, 09:19:57 AM »
+1 all the previous comments, 

Curious as to why ships were required to travel between Seattle and Everett. Was there no rail link at that time?  But it could be walked (25 miles).

Thanks.

Largley a matter of geography and that Puget Sound was settled/developed from the water.

This gives a good background:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puget_Sound_mosquito_fleet
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2016, 06:54:00 PM »
+1 all the previous comments, 

Curious as to why ships were required to travel between Seattle and Everett. Was there no rail link at that time?  But it could be walked (25 miles).

Thanks.

Largley a matter of geography and that Puget Sound was settled/developed from the water.

This gives a good background:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puget_Sound_mosquito_fleet

Thank you for the pointer. Very interesting.

I like this part:

In the 1860s and the 1870s, many new steamboats, most built of wood, were brought in to the area or built. One of the earliest, and most famous boats was the sidewheeler, Eliza Anderson. Her owners equipped Eliza Anderson with a steam calliope which blasted out a variety of tunes, including (to the irritation of Canadians when she operated north of the border) "Yankee Doodle" and "Star Spangled Banner."[11]
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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2016, 03:41:23 AM »
Thanks for the comments folks.

This page is one I used on the project, and has some of the photos I used for inspiration:
http://www.blackdiamondnow.net/black-diamond-now/2012/12/the-shingle-weavers.html


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And we, till now unmatched in ill,
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Horace, 65BC - 8BC. Marsh translation.

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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2016, 11:07:58 AM »
Sculpture is now on display at the Everett Public Library as part of their Centennial commemoration.  ;D
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Re: The Shingle Machine and the Everett Massacre Nov. 5, 1916 ...
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2016, 03:09:23 PM »
Jon,,, odd you posted this today cuz midday when driving around the Shingle Machine popped to mind.  Thinking about what a different build it is !

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Re: The Shingle Machine and the Everett Massacre Nov. 5, 1916 ...
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2017, 09:26:02 PM »
Wow looks like some museum quality work there!

Seriously.  JCF, that really is worthy of being part of a tourist attraction or local airport welcoming display.