|COOS BAY IRON WORKS
A Victorian Age Working Museum of the
Industrial Revolution c.1882 (originally "Nelson Iron Works")
"HOME OF THE COOS KING DONKEY"
|Serving Coos Bay, Oregon Since 1882
|Coos Bay Iron Works is an Earth 1st Supporter... we'll log the rest of the planets later!"
* SUPPLY OF ORIGINAL DONKEY PARTS
* CUSTOM SCREW CUTTING
obsolete threads and oddball lengths- no problem
* OLD STOCK OF SPECIALTY SHAFTING AND TUBING
super discount prices while supplies last!
|EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN!
Sometimes Inter-generational Ideas Can Solve New Problems
|One of Coos Bay, Oregon's Hidden Treasures!
SMALL GROUP TOURS AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
|EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
|for great property finds from turn-keys to fixers
Century 21 Best Realty, Inc.
605 N. Bayshore Dr., Coos Bay, OR 97420
Jeff Jacobson- "Your Best Buy Broker"
541-297- 1563 Direct
|Coos Bay Iron Works is an operating antique:
See the original steam engine, line shafts, huge transmission wheel-belting throughout the shop. Line shafts in the loft run antique wood pattern-making
equipment as well. Some lathes date back to the 1850's. Most of the equipment was shipped around the horn of South America, as it pre-dated the
The sounds of the transmission lines, with large clapping leather belts hissing on the flat-pulleys are unique sound of the era. Thousands of square feet, the
large cavernous structure predates electricity, relying on huge paned glass windows for illumination. Heating was essentially non-existent during the
Winter months, with only a woefully small, high efficiency barrel stove supplying a warming of hands. Machinist's could frequently see their breath all day
A large selection of antique working drawings and wooden patterns remain in the pattern loft. Coos Bay Iron Works remains virtually unchanged since the
1920's and working continually since the 1880's.
The previous owner, Ray Jacobson worked over 75 years in the shop, starting when he was 17 years old, eventually buying the shop in the 1950's and
semi-retiring in 1993 until his death in 1998. The shop remains in the family, passed to his nephew Jack Jacobson who began working there in the 1950's
as a high-schooler. After his retirement from longshoring, Jack upgraded the physical structure and foundation as well as began the arduous task of
cleaning and restoring the old line shafts and machines. Jack passed away unexpectedly as a result of surgical complications in Springfield.
Coos Bay Iron Works will now enter a new undertaking of once again manufacturing- but this time along a fine arts bent making sculptured
/ pictorial iron work panels for signs, fencing and decoration along with a complete sign shop featuring hand lettering, vinyl and screening
services. Hand forging, bearing re-babbitting and bushing repair are also on the drawing board.
COOS BAY IRON WORKS may be the oldest, largest operational, original condition machine shop left in the United States. As of this
writing, I have not found anything like it.
|The Coos King Donkey is an excellent choice of price and flexibility for the small logger faced with sensitive land environments. The donkey is well-suited to
"high-line" logging. Using a spar tree or a portable tower, logs may be lifted and transported via cable to the landing site, eliminating the need for many
destructive cat skiding or even bridging to get logs across small streams. With high-line logging, logs can be harvested without major disturbance of neighboring
timber. The smaller size of the Coos King Donkey, of about 6,000-8,000 pounds, enables it to be moved with a heavy double-axled trailer or even mounted
on 1 1/2 ton flatbed trucks as was frequently done by gypo loggers of old.. If needed, the donkey can pull itself along almost any grade of terrain. Now you
can selectively log the "almost un-loggable" with minimal environmental impact at a minimally priced investment. Simple construction makes field repair easy
and modifications possible. If you have a set of big wrenches, a BF Hammer and can swear like a real logger, then you too can make nearly any repair in the
field. Throw in a set of torches and you have a modification-ready operation to address almost any scenario.
|COMING SOON! (Some already here!)
Complete Sign Shop: Hand painted, Vinyl & Screen Printing
Custom Imprints & discount T USA T-Shirt Printing
.Special Prices for Real Estate Trade and Commercial users in all fields.