Luke Hardware

Paul’s son John was an excellent machinist. As Paul E. Luke, Inc. expanded into making custom fittings, John was instrumental in outfitting a machine shop and providing training to run the machines. John left the company to begin his own business, but the machine shop became a significant contributor to P.E. Luke’s sales volume. The company expanded from custom and specialty items to production work, including the feathering propellers and storm anchors it still produces today.

Here Joann Sewall of Boothbay Harbor is making valves in the 1980s. Both men and women worked in the machine shop, and a few women had jobs in the woodworking shop.

Catalog Number LB2005.24.10491