A Museum of Early American Tools

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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 ...
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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Booknews
A fine reprint of Sloane's charmingly illustrated and erudite book first published by Funk & Wagnalls, 1964. His Age of barns is due in June 1990. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486463032
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 5/19/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 575,687
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Author's Note
The Romance of Tools
Crude Shops, Magnificent Results
An Ax Is an Axe!
A World of Axes
The Broad Axe
How the Broad Axe Was Used
A Giant and a Midget
The Hatchet
Hammers
The Axe and the Log House
The Adze
Canoes and Bowls
Wedges and Froes
The Fine Art of Splitting
Tools with Legs
The American Horse
For Making "Snitzels"
Little Shavers and Big
The Days of River Rafting
Tools of the River Lumberman
Of Cider and Apple Butter
To Remove Bark
Two Heads Are Better Than One
The Chisel
Chisels and Gouges
Planes
The Moulding Plane
The Rabbet
The Plow
Early American Saws
A Gallery of Frame Saws
The Biggest Saws
To Make a Hole
To Make a Hole Bigger
To Make a Bigger Hole
The Brace or Bitstock
The Things You'll Find in a Barn!
Some Were Special
These Were Tools Too!
Jacks
The Blacksmith
Wrought Nailmaking
Tanners and Curriers
About Wheels
It's All in the Way You Hit It
Hay Implements
Knives and Grass
Found in the Barn
Index
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