Material Processing Research Portal


Material processing, the series of operations that transforms industrial materials from a raw-material state into finished parts or products. Industrial materials are defined as those used in the manufacture of “hard” goods, such as more or less durable machines and equipment produced for industry and consumers, as contrasted with disposable “soft” goods, such as chemicals, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, and apparel.

Shipworkers using a
Shipworkers using a "Ships Carpenters Adze"

Materials processing by hand is as old as civilization; mechanization began with the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century, and in the early 19th century the basic machines for forming, shaping, and cutting were developed, principally in England. Since then, materials-processing methods, techniques, and machinery have grown in variety and number.

Welcome to the Material Processing category, Please use this category for your research projects pertaining to the processes included in the manipulation and changing of the main medium of wood. The projects that may be included in this category are related to the machinery, tools and products that are used to form and shape and finish the wood. For example you may want to create a page for a specific type of tool or machine, powered by conventional means or by human power. You may also want to create a page related to a process in finishing the wood. The world of tools, machinery and finishing are vast and expansive. Name all files and images appropriately before uploading to our server. Images and files that contain arbitrary titles or naming conventions will be removed from this wiki.


Create a project in the Material Processing category by clicking on Create a Wiki Page. Once the page is created you can choose the Material Processing category in the "Properties" tab of your wiki page project.

Research links

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  ID T Name Actions
52 Japanese Pull Saw By Nakashima
31 Studley Tool Chest (1)
Reference: Press, Lost Art. “Pre-Publication Orders for ‘Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley.’” Lost Art Press, 31 Mar. 2015, https://blog.lostartpress.com/2015/03/31/pre-publication-orders-for-virtuoso-the-tool-cabinet-and-workbench-of-henry-o-studley/.
17 Ships Carpenters Adze
Ship carpenters use adzes on structural timbers for Constitution‘s extensive 1927-1931 restoration. [Courtesy U.S. Navy]

Reference: “Axes and Adzes.” USS Constitution Museum, 28 July 2015, https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/2015/07/28/axes-and-adzes/.


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