books

Pattern Supervisor’s Desk

An example of a typical desk at Buckstaff… messy, but everything’s there. It probably looks much as it did in 2011 when the plant closed.

Ballast Record

A carefully kept journal of the ballast levels in the final years that the Ford sailed Lake Superior.

Chair Laid Bare

When you’re incoming’s piling up with paint chips, what’s one to do? Call in a sick?

Design Library

More than half a century of plans rot in the shadows, seemingly useless.

Trashy Novel

A romance novel left by some worker–lunch break reading–now sits under a grease stick.

Magic Bookshelf

Books in nooks and not getting a look… about the crook with hooks that cooks.

Waterlogged Logbook

I had to search the shelves a while to find this old logbook. The open page lists changes in stock numbers for Cutler Hammer Coils, and one row says that a new coil was installed on the black larry. The larry is the machine that loads coke ovens.