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A Scorp It Ain't, A Box Scraper, It Is.

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:28pm
Invariably I come across this gadget on Ebay listed as a scorp, a chair makers drawknife, a chair makers hollowing tool, and so on. It's a box scraper. When everything was shipped in wood boxes and barrells, the old inked or burnt in words had to be removed in order for the crate or barrell to be reused. That's what this is, always was and always will be.
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Gray Thursday Friday Saturday 30% Off Sale At Toolemera Books!

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:16pm
Seeing as this 30% off all sales Sale is running for three days, it's a Gray Thurs Fri Sat sale. At checkout, enter the special secret code that no one else will ever know : 2014GrayThursFriSat The sale runs from the first minute of Thursday, November 27 until the last minute of Saturday, November 19, 2014. http://toolemerabooks.com Have a Great and Happy Thanksgiving! Gary
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A weaver's note book - waving in Japan

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:25am
A friend bought a Japanese loom and spinning wheel, both from c1950 along with samples and a series of notebooks. While I await photos of the loom, here are some scans from one of the notebooks. I'm quite rusty at deciphering dyeing, spinning and weaving so if anyone has any comments, please comment!
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Early Japanese Carpentry Book - Date Unkown

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 9:11pm
While the Great Unpacking continues, select books resurface. In this case, an early Japanese carpentry book in less than nice condition. The rest of my small collection of such books are in much better condition. This one just happened to be the first to greet me. Very careful scanning is in order for these as they are printed on very thin rice paper.
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On the way from overseas: 1890 German Chip Carving Pattern Book

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:59pm
Although this purchase was not really in my budget for this month, it was a no-brainer to purchase it from a British book dealer. Neue Kerbschnittmuster (New Chip Carving Patterns) by Clara Roth, Leipzig, Germany 1890. The most difficult but most rewarding part of the book search, particularly the book search for possible reprints, is finding a title that either has never been reprinted, reprinted a long time ago and now out of print yet again or simply so good that it demands of me that I reprint it. Yes, old books do speak to me. This is a folio...
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Walking Wheel Cabinet Card - The real thing, not a museum setting

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:35pm
Early photographs of weavers and spinners are near impossible to find. Those that do turn up are often posed photos from mid century museums, aka: an interpretation of what someone thought the room should look like. This small cabinet card is the real deal. An image of an elderly woman, in her multi-purpose spinning, sitting, dayroom with her Walking Wheel, or Great Wheel. The details in this room are incredible when you take the time to work your way around it. I'll leave that up to you. For now. Here is the original, unedited. And, here is the same photo...
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Fred. D. Crawshaw - 1914 - Problems In Woodturning

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 3:24pm
From my Tumblr Blog comes: Fred. D. Crawshaw's early 20th century book on wood turning: The Manual Arts Press is by far my favorite early 20th century publisher of books on manual educational crafts and teaching. Fred Crawshaw authored a few great titles, this one being his book on wood-turning. Meant to be a guide book for teachers, the text is supported by a tremendous array of plans for students, ranging from the beginner to the advanced turner.
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Tom The Piper's Son - Before and After

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:46pm
The scanned images from Instructor - Jointed Toys have been put through the cleaner. Here is what one looks like straight from the scanner and after a thorough cleansing. My intent in a book such as this one is to bring the image back to what it would have looked like when first published.
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Tom The Piper's Son from Instructor Jointed Toys, 1918

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 7:11pm
Editing is complete on all of the scanned images from Instructor - Jointed Toys. A delightful set of two books for children to use in creating scroll or fret sawn toys, some from famous children's stories and some from the mind of the author. Next up: assemble the book and prep it for both PDF download and trade paperback.
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The Great Tumblr Experiment

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 8:46pm
Even though the lack of an 'e' in Tumblr annoys me to no end, Tumblr has become a major player in the peculiar world of social media. Even businesses, both large and small, have begun to use Tumblr blogs to extend their reach into our brains. Thus, the nascent Toolemera Books Tumblr Blog. Not really so big an experiment but annoying to another end in finding a theme that worked for me. Work it I did. More customization is needed but that can wait until another day. Till next, Gary
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Charles Hayward and William Fairham

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:04am
Just added an image to my fledgling FB shop page to replace the blank banner space. Toolemera Press at Facebook The image is from William Fairham's opus: Woodworking Tools And How To Use Them, one of my most popular reprints. Some of you may have heard of Charles Hayward, who is often touted as the best mid-20th century author of woodworking books ever and a must read. In truth, Hayward took the books of Fairham at the request of the publisher, Evans Bros., updated them for the 1950's craft interests and never gave credit to Fairham. Fairham's books are important...
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Toolemera Books Holiday Sale - 20% Discount

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 9:57pm
From now until December 31, 2014, take 20% off any and all orders placed through TOOLEMERABOOKS.COM Enter code at checkout : KZV7Y0O5CBDN You can order as many times as you wish, until December 21, 2014. Note: discount codes cannot be combined. Please use this code for Toolemera Blog orders. My thanks to all for your support and have a great Holiday! Gary Roberts
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Yet another reason why I use Lightning Source-Ingram Publishing Group

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:11pm
Dear Publisher, At Lightning Source, we are committed to providing the broadest reach possible for your content and to make business as easy as possible for retailers, wholesalers, and other customers. Currently, Lightning Source has direct metadata feeds to a small number of retailers and wholesalers and a large data relationship with our affiliated company, Ingram Book Group. To improve accuracy, service, and efficiency, we will be consolidating all Lightning Source title feeds to Ingram Book Group, a part of Ingram Content Group. Ingram Book Group will be the data feed service partner for all Lightning Source wholesale business. Through...
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