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A Museum of Early American Tools (Americana) Paperback – November 14, 2002
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"The Romance of Tools" says a tool was an extension of a man's hand. Some gave pet names to a tool then (p.3), some do today. The Civil War period marked a new era in tool design because of mass-production (p.5). Axe handles became curved, not straight; their end had a "Fawn foot", "Scroll knob", or "Swell knob" (p.7). Early American tools had a traditional design with subtle differences and decorative touches that identify the region of origin (p.6). An ax was the most important tool for early Americans: clear the land of trees, cut fuel, build a house or furniture. Early axes were poll-less; the poll added weight for chopping. There were more than 50 patterns of Axe heads (p.12). The Broad Axe was used to hew round logs into square beams (p.14). Early American roofs were thatched, shingling hatchets were unknown. The claw hammer hasn't changed much since Roman times (p.22). Square-cut nails had greater holding power than round
Log-house notches were often made with only an ax (pp.24-25).Read more ›
In this 168 page book the author has introduced us to a very large number of tools which were used in the past in this country. Tools made of wood and tools made of iron/metal. From cutting, to drilling, to shaving to crushing to measuring to forging to animal care to domestic to various trades...they are all here. These tools actually tell the history of our country and these tools are much more important as a history lesson than for something some yuppie paid too much for and hangs on his or her wall...you know, that "Country Look." No, these tools built a nation. There is nothing wrong in collecting them as it is a great way to preserve our history, but they mean so much more if you know what they are, what they were used for and what impact they may have had on a family or craftsman. They kept families alive, housed, fed and relatively comfortable. They should be held in respect.
The first thing the reader will note is just how ingenious people are. If they have or had a task to perform, they were able to figure out a way to do it more efficiently and more effectively. The second thing the reader will note is that by simply looking at some of these tools used by our forefathers, we do not have a clue as to what there use was.Read more ›
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received book it's content was exactly as described and the service was excellent.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Again, great reference material! Awesome illustrations!Published 2 months ago by charles m. wallace
Fascinating history of the evolution of the tools of our trades and how they shaped our Nation and our lives. A treasure for anyone who uses tools or collects them.Published 3 months ago by Steve Doane
What a joke! This book is one that I had out from the library many times so I wanted my own. It took three weeks to arrive and its a little miniature version of the original. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jerard
A good basic guide to identifying vintage hand tools. I quickly found two tools I had in my collection but didn't know their proper uses. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Again a delightful read about the hidden Republican virtues in the early days of the United States. A complement to the "Notes on the State of Virginia" by President... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Edward J. Mcdonnell