A Museum of Early American Tools

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Dover Publications, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 108 pages
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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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User 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Educational and entertaining historical reference.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

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User Review  - Jan - Goodreads

A quite enjoyable survey, with exquisite hand drawn illustrations, of the various tools commonly in use a couple hundred years ago. This delightful book explores and details the use of a multitude of ... Read full review

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Sloane, born in New York City and educated at Yale, most of his life has been spent in New England, where he has combined a fascinating range of interests into a colorful and highly successful career, primarily as author-illustrator of more than 24 books on American history, arts, and artifacts.

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