Scott Grandstaff – Tooling Around

I’m dying to get to Reno. Thinking of looking forlorn on the side of the road with a big Expo sign and teardrops, and “have a little gas money” at the bottom.

I have to admit, everyday is a surprise when I receive emails from collectors talking about their collections and interests. Not only do I get to look at some great pictures but I get to read the emails which paint a pretty good picture too. Below you will see some correspondence and links from Scott Grandstaff.

Please make sure you check out his web site Tools and read about his home made tools. I really enjoyed this. Thanks Scott. Reno or bust.. man!


[email #1]

Hi Ferdinand

Thank you for taking the Federation presidency!! Thank you very much! It’s a fine and noble you are doing, Bravo! Let me know if you need something?

I just saw your Peachridge site. Lovely!! So glad you are doing it and starting the virtual museum. Since you are rounding up pix, I have a few. These are posted on the web for one temporary reason or another. I have others. But unless you need them uploaded, they would be attached pix. Not huge, couple hundred K at most. No megabytes. 🙂

yours Scott (Grandstaff)

[email #2]

Yo F

Good to hear from you too. OK here are some of my more favorite pix. The sun was in a good mood these days. 🙂 No great rarities, but good pix are hard to get! I have more of course, ever since Bottles and Extras I knew there would always be times we couldn’t get decent art. Having a stash of pictures to lean on was paramount.

At one time I built an “electric chair”. An old chair frame with frosted glass in the seat and back and assorted lights I could swap around underneath and in back. I still have some old b&w prints that came out pretty arty. They should, for all the film I burned! The only real consolation was the old Frodshams photo in Medford, Oregon. Not only the best lab in 3 states, but old Frodsham only hired the prettiest girls in the whole area. Like to kill me first 2 steps through the door, and only got worse from there. hehheeh

Oh, forgot to tell you, the reason for the little labeled Fellows from last time? I am one. Also the F in the bottom of the cross on Old Valley? That’s Fellows too. Fellows, Fellowes and Fellers are all the same, depending on where they lived. (obviously “them Fellers” was down south where my immediate family is from, so I am technically a Fellers.)

The famous Fellows Syrup of Hyposhosphites was the branch that wanted to stay loyal to the King and emigrated to Canada during the revolution.

I’m dying to get to Reno (FOHBC 2012 Reno Expo) . Thinking of looking forlorn on the side of the road with a big Expo sign and teardrops, and “have a little gas money” at the bottom. Think that’d do it? Heheheehehe

The tools thing started when I was very young and never stopped. I needed tools. Old tools were basically free and higher quality than new if you could fix them up and make them work again. So I got into it and from there began to redesign old ones and eventually create new designs of my own. Over the years there began to be first some collectors at all, and then more collectors, and finally national as well and regional groups forming. What I had always done as a hobby for free caught on, and “art tools” of very high quality are being made all around the globe now. I got to meet and help start many of the top names, since I was already around. Strictly on the web of course, I seldom ever leave home.

If you are really bored, here are more. These are pretty much all original design. I don’t copy. My life is odd. As long as I hold still and don’t move much, I have everything I really need and pretty comfortable.

But outside in the world I am just another old broke hippie (who doesn’t look the part, shhhhhhhhh ;^) .

yours Scott

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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