Items in the Forest Resources Tool collection are housed in the Cully A. Cobb Antique Tool Museum, which is maintained by the College of Forest Resources. The museum is named for a 1908 graduate of Mississippi State University, who donated the initial 135 pieces of the collection in 1968. Since then, additional donations to the collection have been made by the Fatherree family (Jackson, MS); I.N. Hart (Yazoo City, 1971 MSU Graduate); Ford Parkman (Vicksburg, MS, 1934 MSU Graduate); J. P. Sartain (Yazoo City, MS); and J. D. Peterson (Money, MS).
The Museum is located at Forest Products Department, 100 Blackjack Road, Starkville, MS but is not open to the public.
Materials in the Collection
The Cully A. Cobb Antique Tool Museum contains over 350 antique woodworking tools, farm implements, and household equipment. Items date to the 17th century, including axes, saws, planes, hammers, drills, chisels, adzes, mauls, and plow stocks. The digitization of these objects is an ongoing effort as part of the CHARM initiative.
Highlights include a hand powered corn sheller, handmade hickory compass, handmade violin, and a model sawmill.
Also included are selected images from the Virgil Priester tool collection. The original collection contains more than 5,000 pieces.