Homebuilding and Woodworking in Colonial America: An Illustrated Source Book of Practical Techniques Used by the Colonists

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Tools and technology that the American colonists use to build homes that could stand the test of time. C. Keith Wilbur, a retired medical doctor and former naval officer who served in World War II, is the author of Globe Pequots Illustrated Living History Series, which now comprises nine titles. (8 1/2 x 11, 144 pages)

From the late 1600s to the mid-1700s, colonists built their own homes--with the help of their neighbors--from the...

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Overview


Tools and technology that the American colonists use to build homes that could stand the test of time. C. Keith Wilbur, a retired medical doctor and former naval officer who served in World War II, is the author of Globe Pequots Illustrated Living History Series, which now comprises nine titles. (8 1/2 x 11, 144 pages)

From the late 1600s to the mid-1700s, colonists built their own homes--with the help of their neighbors--from the ground up. Homebuilding, using 17th- and 18th-century tools, is the focus of this fascinating book that includes a pictorial, chronological history of some of the woodworking tools' origins. Line drawings throughout.

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Library Journal
Wilbur, a retired physician who has helped restore a house originally built in 1750, presents a wealth of information about American homebuilding during the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. Building was labor-intensive at that time; hand tools were used to hew logs into shape. It is mind-boggling to consider the labor involved; logs were pit-sawn by hand into boards, wooden pegs were used because scarce nails were expensive, and logs were hollowed to become water pipes. Wilbur also traces the development of American architecture and decorating styles. This book is full of information on crafts that have become ``lost arts'' and is recommended for libraries serving those interested in colonial life, homebuilding, or antique tools. (Illustrations not seen.)-- Jonathan Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., Ohio
School Library Journal
YA-- This source covers the complete process of housebuilding used from the late 1600s to the mid-1700s from New England to the South. It is profusely illustrated, depicting the trees needed for each portion of a house, the different styles constructed, the framework required for each, and both interior and exterior treatments. Particularly fascinating are the drawings of tools. A wealth of meticulous detail is present, and the illustrations are finely drawn. A handprinted text complements the visuals.
Booknews
An account of ingenious tools and techniques in use by the colonists. Abundantly illustrated with charming (and lucid) line-drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564400192
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Series: Illustrated Living History Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 248,875
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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