A Museum of Early American Tools

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Courier Corporation, 2008 - House & Home - 108 pages
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Venture back into the handmade world of apple butter paddles, hay forks, and other traditional implements with this fascinating and charmingly illustrated book. Its guided tour of folk tools and artifacts from the pre-industrial age examines farm and kitchen utensils as well as devices used by curriers, wheelwrights, coopers, blacksmiths, coachmakers, loggers, tanners, and other craftsmen.
Written by a distinguished historian and collector of antiques, this absorbing survey offers informal but accurate depictions of "special tools for every job," from a holding dog and a hauling sledge to reaping hooks, splitting wedges, and felling axes. Scores of pen-and-ink sketches by the author portray simple tools and other items that are ingeniously devised and exquisitely constructed. A valuable textbook for historians, this volume is also a fascinating handbook for all those who love Americana.
 

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

My dad turned me onto Sloane. I love satisfying my craving to learn something that I'll never use, and would never learn in school, but which is still interesting. It's especially interesting because Sloane's own passion shines in his writing. Read full review

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User Review  - wjmcomposer - LibraryThing

I could not possibly overstate how important this book is. It's just a wee skinny volume, but inside are lovingly drawn illustrations of tools and their use. It's one of the few places where you can ... 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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