Abraham Megerdichian (Click on photo to view a larger image.)
Abraham Megerdichian was a machinist and metal artist. From the 1950s until his death in 1983 Abraham machined from blocks of brass, aluminum, copper and stainless steel his interpretations of hundreds of everyday, recognizable objects. Nearly all were crafted as gifts for family and friends, and most were miniatures. He modeled everything from baby carriages and boots to lunch pails and shopping carts to cannons and cash registers. He built to a wide variety of scales as well.
A young Abe Megerdichian finishing up an aluminum toy semi-tractor/trailer rig in his home shop. (Click on photo to view a larger image.)
Abrahamís early metal objects were utilitarian and intended for use at home Ė pans, knives, candle holders, ashtrays, flower vases, etc. A natural tinkerer Abraham also built motorized wood- and metal-working machines for sanding, sawing and grinding. As his skill level increased Abrahamís creations became highly intricate. Among them were his miniature brass violin, aluminum piano, and, as his own personal favorite, his machinistís tool box and tools.
Born in Franklin, Massachusetts in 1923 to Armenian immigrants, Abraham could not speak English until he started public school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Upon graduation from Rindge Technical High School in Cambridge through a special machinistís training program Abraham enlisted in the Navy. He served honorably in the Pacific as shipís cook, returned to Cambridge, and got employed as a machinist in a factory. Abraham married and raised three children, all of whom graduated from public schools in Cambridge. The machining skills Abraham learned at school and in the military guided him as a machinist throughout his career.
Following Abrahamís passing the Megerdichian family donated many of his actual machinistís tools to the Bray Mechanical Lab at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where Abrahamís son graduated with an engineering degree. Abrahamís legacy remains for mechanical engineering students at Tufts can use his tools to this day.
This miniature machinist's toolbox combines many projects into one. Each felt-lined drawer contains individual items used by a machinist in his trade. Items that can be seen include are a machinist's vise, angle blocks, step blocks, a square, jacks, thread gage and a tap handle. (Click on photo to view a larger image.)
To learn more about Abraham Megerdichian CLICK HERE to read a good article in the Boston Globe by Isaac Feldberg. (Published June, 2016.)
All photos provided by the Megerdichian family and are reproduced with the their permission. (Click any photo to view a larger image.)
Miniature Machist's Tool Box
Mr. Megerdichian's miniature toolbox is seen from a couple of different angles. In the second photo you can see his miniature hacksaw, hammer, mallet and other tools in the top section. Height gages, calipers and punches are also modeled. The aluminum drawers are lined with felt.
Size: L=8.63", W=4.5", H=7.5", Weight = 14.7 lb
Piano Music Box
Here is a grand piano music box rendered in aluminum by Mr. Megerdichian.
Size: L=6.5", W=5", H=7", Weight = 2.6 lb.
Violin, case and bow
Even smaller is a miniature brass violin complete with strings, bow and case.
Size: L=6", W=2", H (closed)=1", Weight = 1.1 lb.
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