This miniature belt-driven log splitter is just one of many labor saving devices that could be powered with the belt drive from a steam engine. This engine is on display in the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum hooked up to the belt drive of Rudy’s reversing upright engine, as shown in the photo below.

One of the first large donations to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum was the collection of famed model engine builder Rudy Kouhoupt. Rudy’s niece, Susan Alvaro, was kind enough to donate his entire lifetime engine collection for display at the grand opening of the museum in 2006. After retiring as a chemist, Rudy had a second career building engines and writing magazine articles documenting the process. Many people have built his models, but we have the honor of displaying all of his original prototypes. Rudy’s collection includes scale model engines, locomotives, tractors and more. Additionally, thirteen of Rudy’s model steam engines are hooked up to run on compressed air to demonstrate their function. 

Rudy's belt-driven log splitter is shown hooked up to his reversing upright engine.

Exhibit added: May 20, 2006 - Last modified: June 6, 2024

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship