A Museum of Early American Tools
This absorbing and profusely illustrated book describes in detail scores of early American tools and the wooden and metal artifacts made with them. Informally and expressively written, the text covers bulding tools and methods; farm and kitchen implements; and the tools of curriers, wheelwrights, coopers, blacksmiths, coachmakers, loggers, tanners, and many other craftsmen of the pre-industrial age. Scores of pen-and-ink sketches by the author accurately depict "special tools for every job," among them a hollowing gouge, hay fork, cornering chisel, apple butter paddle, boring auger, mortising chisel, a holding dog, hauling sledge, winnowing tray, reaping hooks, splitting wedge, felling axe, propping saw horse, and other traditional implements. Sure to be prized by cultural historians, this volume will delight woodcrafters interested in making their own tools and thrill general readers with its store of Americana.
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A museum of early American toolsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Sloane's 1964 volume is essentially a catalog of hardware; it is divided by types of tools and the professions that would employ certain instruments. The book mostly comprises illustrations with very little text. Craftsmen and historians particularly will find this of interest. ... Read full review
Review: A Museum of Early American ToolsUser Review - Brett Anderson - Goodreads
Educational and entertaining historical reference. Sloane does a great job illustrating the tools and work of early America. Read full review