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"The Carpenter's Tool Chest"

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209 pages

Despite the title this is a superb reference for blacksmiths/tool makers. Has many MANY drawings of older tools! It covers the development of tools from the stone age up to the modern industrial era... so most all the history of handmade tools. No step by step forging directions here... but lots of inspirational shapes and discussions of the development of the detailed features of many many types of hand tools. This book is one of my most treasured and reveals the amazing beauty of even ancient tool designs! I am sure that it is out of print but WELL worth searching and watching for!

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Based on your recommendation and another review online, I bought a copy off of Amazon. Looking forward to reading it!

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It this the one with pages of tool drawings lined up by age---so a picture of planes over the centuries and another of saws, etc?

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It this the one with pages of tool drawings lined up by age---so a picture of planes over the centuries and another of saws, etc?

It is that one. I got it in the mail today, and it looks great. Here is a review I found. Apparently, he also wrote a book about metallurgy, The Sons of Vulcan. I just ordered it as well.

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there is a digital copy in several formats that can be found here: http://archive.org/details/sonsofvulcan035306mbp

I just thought I would throw it out for those who want to read it before ordering.


Brian

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