Menlo Park Carpentry Shop

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village1869/1889

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

Edison employed skilled woodworkers to make models, miscellaneous components, and patterns for making metal castings -- a great example of the importance of traditional craft to Edison's experimental investigations. The carpentry shop also housed machinery for making gas, used in the laboratory's Bunsen burners and -- prior to his success with electric lighting -- for lighting the complex.


  • Title: Menlo Park Carpentry Shop
  • Creator: Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
  • Date: 1869/1889
  • Location: United States, New Jersey, Edison, Menlo Park
  • Subject Keywords: Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931, Carpentry, Workshops (Work spaces), Buildings (Structures)
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=121781
  • Object Name: Workshop (Work space)
  • Object ID: 29.3048.4
  • Image ID: THF151610
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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