extremely important, and profusely illustrated book was largely
responsible for the first surge of interest in collecting old tools,
and the research it inspired continues today. The classic text describes
in detail scores of early American tools, and the wooden and metal
artifacts made with them.
The book covers
building tools and methods; farm and kitchen implements; the tools
of curriers, wheelwrights, coopers, blacksmiths, coachmakers, loggers,
tanners, and many other craftsmen of the preindustrial age. Over
180 pen-and-ink sketches by the author.