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Ancient carpenters' tools : illustrated and explained, together with the implements of the lumberman, joiner, and cabinet-maker in use in the eighteenth century

Author: Henry C Mercer
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2000.
Series: Dover books on antiques, collecting.
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Regarded by collectors and students as the standard book on ancient woodworking tools, this classic reference describes in detail hundreds of implements in use in the American colonies in the 18th century. Many were largely unchanged in form since Roman times; others are identical in construction to ancient Greek, Assyrian, Egyptian, and Chinese implements. Over 250 illustrations depict these rare specimens, among
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry C Mercer
ISBN: 9780486409580 0486409589
OCLC Number: 823689001
Notes: Originally published: 5th ed. Doylestown, Pa. : The Bucks County Historical Society, 1975.
Description: xii, 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword page vii --
Preface to First Edition xi --
Tools for Felling, Splitting and Log Sawing 1 --
Tools for Moving and Measuring 35 --
Tools for Holding and Gripping 69 --
Tools for Surfacing, Chopping and Paring 81 --
Tools for Shaping and Fitting 136 --
Tools for Fastening and Unfastening 235 --
Tools for Sharpening 283 --
Addenda 303 --
Bibliography 313 --
Index 317.
Series Title: Dover books on antiques, collecting.
Responsibility: Henry C. Mercer.

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Regarded by collectors and students as the standard book on ancient woodworking tools, this classic reference describes in detail hundreds of implements in use in the American colonies in the 18th century. Many were largely unchanged in form since Roman times; others are identical in construction to ancient Greek, Assyrian, Egyptian, and Chinese implements. Over 250 illustrations depict these rare specimens, among them tools for cutting down trees, splitting and sawing logs, log grabs, sleds, wagons, and lumber sticks for moving and measuring, clamps for holding and gripping, hand saws, chisels and mallets for shaping and fitting, instruments for sharpening tools, and much more. This fascinating, richly illustrated sourcebook will not only be invaluable to collectors but will also enable antiques enthusiasts and woodcrafters alike to identify a wide variety of woodworking tools that form a direct link to artisans and craftsmen of ancient times. Dover 2012 reissue of the 2000 Dover republication of the (5th) edition published for The Bucks County Historical Book Society by Horizon Press, 1975.

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