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Craftsman's Newsletter


Craftsman's Newsletter is the primary newsletter produced by Vern Mesler and VJM Metal Craftsman. The topics of each newsletter varies, but topics may include restoration techniques for historic bridges, updates on specific historic bridges, and findings of historic bridge research. If you are interested in receiving the latest newsletter by email, send an email requesting to be added to the newsletter mailing list.

Documents are offered in PDF format unless otherwise specified.

Article Date Topic
January 7, 2013 Catherine Lindquist, Craftsman/Educator
October 8, 2012 William Eggleston, Craftsman/Educator
May 5, 2010 Nels Raynor, and the restoration of the State Street Bridge Bridgeport, Michigan
March 14 2010 NCPTT/LCC March Workshop
January 18, 2010 "Isn't Rust a Problem?" Moving the State Street Bridge in Bridgeport, Michigan to begin its restoration. Inspection of the the Mead Avenue Bridge Meadville, Pennsylvania.
November 28, 2009 "Like taking a picture of a roof"
They took pictures of their horse, barn, house, the front porch, and even the outhouse but rarely did they point a camera toward the local iron truss bridge. When I finished the librarian with a slight mischievous smile and said “It’s like taking a picture of a roof” summed up the attitude many of our forefathers probably had about the local iron bridge.
September 9, 2009 The loss of the Parshallburg Bridge in Chesaning Michigan. Videotaping at Lansing Community College. Math students visit LCC Welding Lab and Rivet training in San Antonio Texas
July 5, 2009 Scholarships for Preservation Workshop, Notes from SIA conference, and a Mystery Bridge
April 17, 2009 Preservation of Historic Iron and Steel Bridges and Other Metal Structures
January 25, 2009 Chesaning Village, Parshallburg Bridge - Update
January 4, 2009 Chesaning Village, Parshallburg Bridge
November 16, 2008 Township Road 241 Bridge (excerpt from Vern Mesler’s report to the Hancock Park District)


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