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The Art of Fine Tools by Sandor Nagyszalanczy The Art of Fine Tools
Sandor Nagyszalanczy

Finally there is a book that has no agenda but to revel in the beauty of tools. Sumptuously photographed, it parades before the eyes some of the most impressive tools in private collections.

240 pages. Soft Cover
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British Saws & Saw Makers from c1660 British Saws & Saw Makers from c1660
Simon Barley

This book represents the life's work of saw historian Simon Barley. It is a monumental work that finally takes British saws out of the shadows. Its 734 pages are a comprehensive compilation of British sawmakers along with extensive information about the business and the materials & techniques used. This book is one of the handful of truly impressive books on tools that have ever been published. It is scholarly effort that will stand the test of time.

734 pages. Hard Cover.

Our Price: $89.00


A Guide to The Makers of American Wooden Planes by Emil and Martyl Pollack A Guide to The Makers of American Wooden Planes
Emil and Martyl Pollack

The fourth addition of this book is the most comprehensive catalog yet of American wooden plane makers with more than twice as much information as the third edition.

Paper Back. Printed in USA. List Price $39.95
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The Handplane Book by Garret Hack The Handplane Book
Garret Hack

This landmark book is the first highly specialized plane book written for a mass market. Unfortunately, it is fraught with rather glaring mistakes. It was probably never edited by a tool person.

Hard cover. Printed in USA. List Price $34.95
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The Handsaw Catalog Collection The Handsaw Catalog Collection

Some of the finest handsaws ever made were produced in the early 20th century by four of the leading manufacturers of their time: E.C. Atkins & Co. of Indianapolis, Henry Disston & Sons of Philadelphia, Simonds Manufacturing Co. of Fitchburg, Mass., and Spear and Jackson of Sheffield. This book is a compilation of four catalog reprints, one from each of these makers.

136 pages. Fully illustrated. Soft cover.
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Henry Disston & Sons 1876 Catalog Henry Disston & Sons 1876 Catalog

Catalog reprints are one the most important research avenues open to old tool scholars today. This book is an important resource for anyone seriously interested in Disston Tools.

86 pages. Soft Cover.
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Our Price: $9.95


More Makers of American Machinist Tools by Kenneth L. Cope More Makers of American Machinist Tools
Kenneth L. Cope

A follow-on to Mr. Copes first book, this volume documents hundreds of more makers.

185 pages.
Soft Cover. List Price $22.50
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Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes<BR> in America, Vol. II by Roger K. Smith Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes in America, Vol. II
Roger K. Smith

This book, and its volume I companion, are the only two tools books in English that can be compared favorably in every...

396 pages. Hard cover. Printed in USA. List Price $90.00
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The Rule Book - Measuring For The Trades The Rule Book - Measuring For The Trades

This book focuses on the measuring tools used by tradesmen and professionals in their everyday work, on the trades in which specific tools were used and how these tools were made and by whom.

450 pages. Hard Cover. List Price $97.50.
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Tools - Working Wood in Eighteenth Century America by James Gaynor & Nancy Hagedorn Tools - Working Wood in Eighteenth Century America
James Gaynor & Nancy Hagedorn

This book is full of scholarly insights on woodworking tools from the 18th Century and is an important edition to your library if you have an academic interest in tool history.

Soft cover. List $25.00
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Van Vliet's Craft and Trades presented by Harry Bober Van Vliet's Craft and Trades
presented by Harry Bober

This is a hardbound folio containing 18 etchings and a paperback booklet. The etchings are copies of a series of 18 originals created by Jan Van Vliet in 1635. The focus of this series is the arts and trades of the time. As such, this is an extremely important reference on the trades of the 16th Century. The accompanying booklet by Harry Bober is a 31 page study of the etchings, and was written in 1981. This book is long out of print, but we unearthed a small cache of them recently.


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