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The Art of Fine Tools
     

The Art of Fine Tools

by Sandor Nagyszalanczy
 

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This collection features more than 250 unique tools built with beautiful materials, lavished with artistic decoration, and crafted with remarkable precision. Privately owned, many of these tools have never been photographed or shown in publications before.

Included are measuring instruments, handplanes, saws and other cutting tools, striking and drilling tools,

Overview

This collection features more than 250 unique tools built with beautiful materials, lavished with artistic decoration, and crafted with remarkable precision. Privately owned, many of these tools have never been photographed or shown in publications before.

Included are measuring instruments, handplanes, saws and other cutting tools, striking and drilling tools, Asian treasures, miniatures, ingenious foot-powered machines from the 19th century, and improbable combination tools. Each photo is accompanied by detailed notes that provide historical and technical background.

This handsome volume will appeal to collectors, those who use tools, and anyone who appreciates finely crafted utilitarian objects.

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“These are the tools that constitute the contents of a ‘dream’ tool chest,” says Nagyzalanczy, a professional woodworker and editor of American Woodworker magazine. He traveled across the U.S. to photograph more than 200 ancient and modern woodworking tools, including pieces from America, Europe, and Asia. Captions detail how the tools were made and used, and occasionally tell interesting stories about how they were acquired (e.g., the Phillip’s bronze plow plane found at a dump in New Hampshire). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561583614
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Sandor Nagyszalanczy of Bonny Doon, California is a professional furniture designer and freelance writer, photographer and consultant. With nearly 25 years of experience building custom furniture, he is a former senior editor of Fine Woodworking magazine and has appeared on The History Channel's "Modern Marvels" and ABC Television's "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings." Sandor has authored and photographed nine books published by the Taunton Press, including: Woodshop Jigs and Fixtures, Fixing and Avoiding Woodworking Mistakes, Woodshop Dust Control, The Wood Sanding Book, The Art of Fine Tools, Setting Up Shop and Power Tools: An Electric Celebration and Grounded Guide, The Homeowner's Ultimate Tool Guide, and Tools Rare and Ingenious.

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