Just because there has been Moxon's Doctrine Of Handy-Works and some Roubo, it seems seemly that there should be some André Félibien, notably his Des principes de l'architecture, de la sculpture, de la peinture, et des autres arts qui en dépendent : avec un dictionnaire des termes propres à chacun... Read more →

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Courtesy the New York Public Library Digital Collections comes this 108 page excerpt from Roubo's L'Art Du Menuisier En Meubles. Download Roubonypl Till next, Gary Read more →

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Two treatises from Spear & Jackson on the Hand Saw courtesy of Peter Evans of the Oldtools Email List. CONCERNING HANDSAWS: SOME HINTS ON THEIR CARE & MAINTENANCE. Spear & Jackson: The World's Greatest Sawmakers. Aetna Works, Sheffield. c1950 Reprinted 2006 the Traditional Trades Group, Inc. Spear & Jackson's take... Read more →

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Back around 2006, give or take a year, Chris Schwarz approached me about doing some research on workbenches for the book he was working on. Being the packrat that I can be, I had both books and scanned images aplenty to refer to. Librarians tend to archive stuff. We call... Read more →

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Fret-Sawing For Pleasure And Profit: How To Use The Fret-Saw, by An Old Amateur, first published in 1877 by Henry T. Williams, New York, NY. Annotated with an essay by Gary Roberts on the historical context of "Fret-Sawing For Pleasure And Profit ' and fret-work in 19th century America. "Fret... Read more →

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I have something on the order of 600 gb of images: photos, ephemera, books, etc. Bit by bit I'll add interesting material to this blog. As of yet I haven't installed an RSS feed or Email update function but will do so in due time. The Christiansen Bench Company, Chicago,... Read more →

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If you have ever wondered about the ubiquitous file or rasp, from whence it came and how it was made, what types there are and to what purposes they were intended, here is your answer as a Free Download, or, if you so prefer, you can purchase the reprint which... Read more →

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For your edification and enjoyment, a free download of the complete C. E. Jennings & Co. Trade Catalog, August 1, 1901, also featured as a Toolemera Press reprint if you so desire a high resolution trade paper edition which also supports my publishing endeavors. Thank you. Download CEJenningsCat1901CSWebSec Purchase the... Read more →

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One of the most popular downloads from the Toolemera Press website is Charles Hayward's booklet: How To Make Woodwork Tools. While it remains on the website for now, bit by bit I'm moving material to this blog for easier updates, comments, downloads, etc. How To Make Woodwork Tools features measured... Read more →

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Trade Catalog / Broadside Joiners' Tools Manufactured By John J. Bowles, Main Street, Hartford, Conn. c1840. Wooden plane maker price list which I sold a year or so ago. You name it, he made it. Chimney plane, anyone? If it pleases you, a copy of this broadside as a sticker,... Read more →

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