This absorbing and profusely illustrated book describes in detail scores of early American tools and the wooden and metal artifacts made with them. Informally and expressively written, the text covers bulding tools and methods; farm and kitchen implements; and the tools of curriers, wheelwrights, coopers, blacksmiths, coachmakers, loggers, tanners, and many other craftsmen of the pre-industrial age. Scores of pen-and-ink sketches by the author accurately depict "special tools for every job," among them a hollowing gouge, hay fork, cornering chisel, apple butter paddle, boring auger, mortising chisel, a holding dog, hauling sledge, winnowing tray, reaping hooks, splitting wedge, felling axe, propping saw horse, and other traditional implements. Sure to be prized by cultural historians, this volume will delight woodcrafters interested in making their own tools and thrill general readers with its store of Americana.
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Innovations in lighting design were rampant in the early decades of the twentieth century when electricity opened a new alternative, and therefore an opportunity, to home furnishing. One of the largest manufacturers of new lighting devices was the English firm Sherwoods Ltd. in Birmingham. In this book, displayed and specifically described, are all forms of illumination devices the available for sale. Oil burning as well as electrically powered table and floor lamps, chandeliers, scones, and lanterns are shown in vast numbers. The styles range from classical to ultra-modern with all the revival style so in between. It is fascinating to see the variations in size, ornament, materials, and use-all made by Sherwoods. Today, as authentic examples of lights from the early years of this century are becoming scarce, this book remains a testament to the actual styles produced. Antique lovers find it a valuable resource.