The Story Behind the Carlyle's Tools Edition

Carlyle Steinke was born and raised in Wisconsin. HIs interest in tools and woodworking came naturally, as his family heritage included blacksmiths, furniture makers, carpenters, and plumbers. A mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he spent his entire professional career with Cutler-Hammer/Eaton in Milwaukee, overseeing construction of new plant facilities later in his career.

Many of his tools were handed down to him by his father and his grandfather. Carlyle would often paint a portion of his tools with a blaze-orange color to designate them as his. He took great pride in teaching his children and grandchildren to use them properly. 

For this edition, I selected tools that he used often, and that I thought had both character and history. I drew them in graphite, and then applied watercolor. Carlyle Steinke was my father-in-law. Born in 1909, he passed away in 1998.

To inquire about prints from this series, please contact me here. All artwork in this series ©Eric Madsen.

Carlyle with his grandson Karl

Carlyle with his grandson Karl