The at Jabo marbles factory in Reno, Ohio, there is an old marbles kiln that was ready for the scrap heap years ago. First put into production in 1932, this fantastic old machine produces one inch marbles on long rollers that produce perfect spheres.
Jabo master craftsman David McCullough came out of retirement to make one more run of the large marbles using the old kiln he declared ready for the scrap heap a year ago.
After years of begging by Steve Sturtz, a marble collector who splits his time between Alexandria Bay, N.Y., and Kingston, Ont., McCullough agreed to fire up the old furnace again, but with no guarantees how long it would hold up.
A small group of collectors put up $50,000 to make the run and gathered at the factory to pitch in. By the end of a long day that started at 4 a.m. Monday, the furnace was running fine. They planned to return Tuesday to finish the job — a total of 120,000 marbles.
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