Antique Woodworking Tools

Antique Woodworking Tools : Their Craftsmanship from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century

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Amassed over nearly forty years, the David Russell collection brings together a stunning array of edge and boring tools from Britain, continental Europe and North America, thus providing a broad survey of hand tool-making from prehistory to today. All the tools are illustrated with James Austin's photographs, with details and marks shown where appropriate. Special attention is given to planes, and the great British makers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are discussed in depth. Since prehistoric times there has been a never-ending quest for better ways to cut and bore wood. Along the way this has produced a wide variety of hand tools, and there are many where beauty and function meet. The book will appeal to a wide range of readers, including collectors, craftsmen, industrial archaeologists and social and economic historians, as well as historians of material culture.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 335.28 x 419.1 x 58.42mm | 4,309.11g
  • John Adamson Publishing Consultants
  • John Adamson
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 935 photographs, 575 marks, 269 plane-iron marks, all in colour
  • 1898565058
  • 9781898565055
  • 204,751

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"I would like to commend David Russell on this fascinating history of woodworking tools. The book shows clearly the kinds of tools that enabled craftsmen to make the most beautiful pieces of furniture and other items."--David Linley; "This is a superb achievement."--Huon Mallalieu, Country Life; "The Russell collection volume [is] intended to glamorize unsung innovations."--Eve M. Kahn, New York Times; "Considered the most serious work of reference of its kind to date and destined to become a 'bible' in its field."--Sheffield Telegraph; "Lavish, stunning, outstanding, magnificent ... superlatives just don't do justice to this book."--Carl Duguay, Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement
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About David R. Russell

David Russell was apprenticed as a joiner in Kendal. He has been a collector of woodworking tools for many years. James Austin read architecture and history of art at Jesus College, Cambridge, and at the Courtauld Institute, London. He took up photography of architecture and works of art. A contributor to many art and architectural books, his clients have included the National Trust, English Heritage, the Crafts Council, the Tate Gallery and the Sainsbury Collection in Norwich.
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Table of contents

Tools from prehistory to the Romans; Anvils; Axes and adzes; Race knives; Saws; Rules and gauges; Compasses, dividers and drawing instruments; Bevels, squares and levels; Plumb bobs; Wooden planes; Metal planes; Chisels and gouges; Drills, braces and sash dowelling boxes; Glue-pots; Screwdrivers; Hammers; Bone and ivory tools; Spurious and altered items; Plane-iron marks; Bibliography; Index
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