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About Don Wilwol
Don Wilwol - Don is a Microsoft Systems Consultant by day who has worked for Dell, Microsoft and other professional consulting firms, but started his career life as a carpenter and woodworker. He started building and restoring whatever needed it at a very early age and has built or restored everything from military rifles to condominium projects. His vintage tool obsession started when his wife Colleen insisted on spending some time at antique shops and flea markets. The Sargent collection started with a few finds like a Type 1 Sargent #409 and a #15 Shaw patent. The research and the history is the motivating factor and currently Sargent planes represent about 65% of his collection. Website: http://timetestedtools.net
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Books By Don Wilwol
The Disston Saw, Tool and File Book Jan 19, 2020
A reprint of the publication The Disston Saw, Tool and File Book by Henry Disston & Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is a 1922 Edition of 40 pages. The book is filled with tips and information for Disston saws and other tools. The book explains the uses of different types of saws. Too often an amateur saw user expects a rip saw to cut across the grain successfully, or makes some other natural mistake. Tt is not lack of intelligence that causes these, errors, but lack of information. Many men do not even know that there is a difference between cross-cut and rip saws. There is an explanation on the types of saws and what they may be used for, along with instruction on setting, filing and general care. There is also a brief story, “How a Saw Cuts" included because it has proved to be of great interest to those who have seen it.
A reprint of the 232 page “Champion Blower & Forge Co. Lancaster PA. USA 1907” descriptive catalog showing the complete line of Champion Blowers, Forges, and other equipment from 1907. Champion Blower and Forge Co. was a well-known maker of blacksmithing machinery that was founded 1875 by 17 year old Henry Keiper in Lancaster PA to manufacture the rotary forge blower he had invented. They started manufacturing drill presses by 1889; the first models were hand-powered post drills. This catalog shows a variety of blacksmith tools from forges and blowers to exhaust fans and other tools and accessories. Tool collectors use original catalogs to identify the vintage tools they find. Since the original catalog are sometimes difficult to find and an original copy of this publication is hard to find at a reasonable price, reprinted catalogs work well.
THE SAW IN HISTORY Apr 17, 2020
by Don WILWOL
This is a reprint of "THE SAW IN HISTORY" by Henry Disston $ Sons first published in 1915. A comprehensive description of the development of this most useful of tools from the earliest times down to the present day. It is 62 pages of hand saw history. Its a dedication to that vast army of workers extending from the crowded centers of civilization into the wilds that mark the limits of man's advance in his conquering march against nature whose chief weapon is THE SAW, this book is dedicated.
In the mid to late 1800s, the D. R. Barton Company's names was familiar to almost every craftsman in the United States. It was established in 1832 and incorporated in 1875. It is still recognized as one of Rochester's earliest, and most prominent industries, and the tools are still sought after today for their quality and craftsmanship.This publication includes the historical information on D. R. Barton’s edge tool businesses. There are articles, trade publication reprints, historical excerpts, reprints of multiple catalogs featuring D. R. Bartons’ tools, and advertising clippings from different venues of the day.
A reprint of the publication Catalogs Excerpts of the General Catalog of Buffalo Forge 1892, Illustrated Catalog of the Keystone Portable Forges, Champion Blower & Forge Co. 1907, The Novelty Portable Forges 1875, Empire Forges 1895, Acme Portable Forges 1896, Watson's Patent Portable Forges 1885, Iron City Tool Works 1920. Tool collectors use original catalogs to identify the vintage tools they find. Since the original catalog are sometimes difficult to find and an original copy of this publication is hard to find at a reasonable price, reprinted catalogs work well.
The Sargent Hand Plane Reference Guide for Collectors & Woodworkers is an in-depth study of Sargent hand planes from the earliest patented designs to the end of production, including brief descriptions of each plane in Sargent’s extensive line. It’s a collaborative effort between author Don Wilwol and a number of fellow Sargent collectors and enthusiasts all sharing a passion for vintage tools, especially those manufactured by Sargent from the mid 1800s through the end of production in the 1960s. This digest of information includes dating type studies and dates of manufacture, other brands using Sargent hand planes, collecting tips and authors notes, comments and sections on hand plane tuning and maintenance. It has been referred to as an encyclopedia of Sargent hand planes with over 250 pages of vital information, original catalog images (with manufacturer’s product descriptions) and beautiful color photos of examples from the author’s and contributor’s collections. This book is dedicated to the education of other aspiring and experienced collectors of Sargent planes and woodworkers who wish to include them in their arsenal.
Disston Handbook on Saws Jan 31, 2019
1919 Disston Handbook on Saws Reprint. A reprint of the publication HANDBOOK ON SAWS by Henry Disston & Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This April, 1919 Edition of 209 pages measures 9 inches in height by 6 inches in width. The book is filled with tips and information for saw mill operators and those in the lumber trade. It illustrates all manner of Disston saws and saw mill accessories including Disston Circular and bandsaw blades. It covers crosscut saws, hand saws, meat saw, hack saws, levels, trowels, files, rasp and accessories for these items. It covers the process for making, sharpening, flattening and maintaining these tools.An original copy is hard to find at a reasonable price.
A Beginners Guide to Bench Planes: The Pocket Guide Feb 24, 2018
You've Just Bought a Bench Plane. Congratulations. You have made an excellent investment in your woodworking future. If it's brand new, you will be the first to build its history. If it's one from an earlier time, you have helped to preserve its woodworking past and now become part of it. Either way, your money was well spent but it's an even wiser investment to keep it well maintained so it will be serviceable for generations to come. This brief 24 page guide will help you do just that. It's not necessarily the “end all” bible of plane maintenance and use but it will get you started and help you develop your skills. Over time, you will undoubtedly discover your own process and procedures to get the job done. The authors have developed their own ways of doing things and you may find them useful, others perhaps not so much. But whatever process you do end up with, be consistent using it. Developing your skills as a woodworker include developing your skills in tool maintenance. If you take care of your plane, it will take care of your needs in the shop.
1911 Henry Disston & Sons Jan 20, 2020
A reprint of the 206 page Henry Disston & Sons 1911 catalog showing the complete line of saws and other tools in the Disston line. . Tool collectors use original catalogs to identify the vintage tools they find. Since the original catalog are sometimes difficult to find and an original copy of this publication is hard to find at a reasonable price, reprinted catalogs work well.The 1911 Catalog is a particularly hard catalog to find. It's not as common as the 1918.
The Simonds Mfg Co. Publications Reprinted Oct 24, 2019
Reprint of the Simonds Mfg Co’sHow to File A Hand Saw (1916)&Simonds Guide For Carpenters (1914)..The first reprint, What Is a Hand Saw? This little book of five lessons is intended as a primer, setting forth briefly and clearly the things every user of a hand saw should know.The second reprint, Simonds guide for carpenters : a book of useful rules and illustrations gathered from different sources. In presenting this Simonds Guide for Carpenters, we aim to introduce such rules as have been found reliable, and will facilitate the daily work of every reader. Primarily, our object is to direct your attention to the Simonds Saws, illustrated in the latter pages, and to create an interest which will result in a trial of a Simonds Hand Saw, for we are positively sure the quality will be found enough superior to win the confidence of every intelligent mechanic.
Iron City Oct 24, 2019
A reprint of the publication “Iron City Tool Works Pittsburgh, USA”. This Edition is dated January 1920.This catalog is a wealth of information about the tools, equipment and hardware of the time. The reprint is 96 pages of Sledges, Hammers and Mauls, Blacksmith Anvil Tools and Tongs, Picks, Mattocks and Grub Hoes, Railroad Track Tools, Mining and Quarrying Tools, Solid Box Vises, Steel Bars and Wedges, All Kinds of construction and Erecting Tools, Special Tools made to Blue prints.Tool collectors use original catalogs to identify the vintage tools they find. Since the original catalog are sometimes difficult to find and an original copy of this publication is hard to find at a reasonable price, reprinted catalogs work well.
Maydole Hammer Publication Reprint Collection Oct 23, 2019
For those hammer collectors who have Maydole hammers, these catalog and information excerpts will provide valuable information. Tool collectors use original catalogs to identify the vintage tools they find. Since the original catalog are sometimes difficult to find and an original copy is hard to find at a reasonable price, reprinted catalogs work well. •David Maydole’s Biography•Reprint of “A Captain of Industry”•The Maydole Hammers 1919 Catalog•Reprint Excerpt from A. Tredway And Sons Hardware Co. Dubuque Iowa