A Museum of Early American Tools

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Courier Corporation, 2002 - History - 128 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  - 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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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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Contents

The Romance of Tools
2
Crude Shops Magnificent Results
8
An Ax Is an Axe
10
A Word of Axes
12
The Broad Axe
14
How the Broad Axe Was Used
16
A Giant and a Midget
18
The Hatchet
20
Planes
56
The Moulding Plane
58
The Rabbet
60
The Plow
62
Early American Saws
66
A Gallery of Frame Saws
68
The Biggest Saws
70
To Make a Hole
72

Hammers
22
The Axe and the Log House
24
The Adze
26
Canoes and Bowls
28
Wedges and Froes
30
The Fine Art of Splitting
32
Tools with Legs
34
The American Horse
36
For Making Snitzels
38
Little Shavers and Big
40
The Days of River Rafting
42
Tools of the River Lumberman
44
Of Cider and Apple Butter
46
To Remove Bark
48
Two Heads are Better Than One
50
The Chisel
52
Chisel and Gouges
54
To Make a Hole Bigger
74
To Make a Bigger Hole
76
The Brace or Bitstock
78
The Things Youll Find in a Barn
82
Some Were Special
84
These Were Tools Too
86
Jacks
88
The Blacksmith
90
Wrought Nailmaking
92
Tanners and Curriers
94
About Wheels
96
Its All in the Way You Hit It
98
Hay Implements
100
Knives and Grass
102
Found in the Barn
104
Index
106
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The books of Eric Sloane celebrate the time-honored traditions of early America and remind us of the ties that forever bind us to them. A prolific artist, Sloane created nearly 15,000 paintings and drawings over his lifetime, many of which enhance his delightful books of bygone days.

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