A Museum of Early American Tools

A Museum of Early American Tools

by Eric Sloane


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486425603
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 11/14/2002
Series: Americana
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 324,960
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

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.

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
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
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!
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

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