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On the correct contraction of 'I Would', Being 'I'ld' and not 'I'd'.

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 5:49pm
A comment came to me concerning the quote contained within emails eminating from my email account. To wit: "I'ld rather read a good book, then write a bad one." Christopher Morley. The suggestion was that 'I'ld' is incorrect and that only 'I'd' is the proper contraction of 'I would'. Those who now me now that I yam very perticuler about how I spel and how I mangle the English language. It is incumpent upon me to correct this correction by explaining the language of Shakespeare, Great Britain, some parts of Canada and most everyone over the age of 50. Shakespeare...
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Stanley Catalog 34 Mockup, Stanley Steel Plane Advertising, Woodcraft Advertising and a Tintype

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:58pm
It was much too rainy today to go fishing. I should have stayed in and done some work on a few books to be published. I could have spent time unpacking yet more boxes. So I went out and did a bit of antique shop picking. First we have the tintype. It's a tintype copy of a tintype, uncommon but certainly something done then and found now. But what a tintype it is! Mirror images of all four sides of this Gent is one of the more unusual images I've seen. I can only guess that the Gent wanted to...
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What The Well Dressed Fret Sawyer Should Wear

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:55pm
From: Fretwork And Marquetry: A Practical Manual by David Dennings, 1895 Obviously the amateur pursuing the art and crafts of fretwork and marquetry must dress appropriately when commencing a project. Till next, Gary
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Will you stop freting already? Just scroll and be done with it!

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:46pm
We, We being the Toolemera Press, which is me, is embarking on a fret and scroll saw marathon. Sorrento even! Sorrento, for those unlettered few, is and was, fret work made in or based upon the designs of Sorrento, Italy. Fretwork is a name taken from the frets cut into the face of stringed instruments. Scroll is, well, the form of a scroll as cut by a... scroll saw. Fret Sawing For Pleasure And Profit, published by Henry T. Williams Publishers of New York City in 1877, is the second earliest American book on fret saw work that I have...
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The Instructor: Jointed Toys, 1920 - Sample Page

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 2:21pm
Once upon a midnight dreary, I came upon The Instructor: Jointed Toys For Coloring, Cut Out and Construction Work, by Bess Bruce Cleaveland, 1920. In two parts, both of which I now possess, these are 10" x 12.5" books of toy designs by Ms. Cleaveland for use in grade schools by, of course, grade school children. The originals were published in Normal Instructor, a journal for those educators following the theory and methodology of the Manual Arts system of the turn of the century. "These jointed toys may be cut with scissors, from heavy construction paper or light card board,...
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And now the Toolemera Books Store gets a face lift

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:23pm
I installed a new Shopify theme on The Toolemera Books storefront with an eye towards fixing a number of minor but annoying quirks of the old theme. There are bits and pieces that need attention but on a whole, it works as it should. Comments, critiques and general suggestions are welcomed. http://toolemerabooks.com Till next, Gary
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National Moulding Book: Containing The Latest Styles Of Mouldings - 1899

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:11pm
Compliments of Eagle Lumber Co... Manufacturs Of Arkansas Yellow Pine, Eagle Mills, Ark. 1899. Title, in full: National Moulding Book; Containing The Latest Styles Of Mouldings; Interior House Finish, Stair and Porch Railings. As Well As Full Size Cuts of Frames In Use In Different Localities. Number Commencing At 5000, Cuts Giving Exact Size Of Each Moulding, With Figures Representing The Ripping Width Of Lumber. Adopted April 15, 1896, By The Wholesale Sash, Door & Blind Manufacturers' Association Of The Northwest and by The Eastern Sash, Door & Blind Manufacturers' Association. Chicago: Published By Rand, McNally & Company, Printers, Engravers,...
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New Responsive Format For The Toolemera Blog

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:12am
Thanks to Typepad, responsive themes are now available. I've shelved, in a nicely made wooden box, the old Toolemera theme and installed the new Snap Theme from Typepad. The new theme works on tablets and phones, is friendly to laptops with small screens and in general will be easier for me to manage. I hope you like the change and find it to be more easily readable and enjoyable. Till next, Gary
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How to paint a picture that will appear and disappear occasionally - by Rufus Porter

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 8:23pm
Rufus Porter was the founder of the journal, Scientific American. He was also quite the experimenter in his own right. These two interesting, but not the healthiest of tricks to practice, are from: A Select Collection of Valuable And Curious Arts, And Interesting Experiments, Which Are Well Explained And Warranted Genuine, And May Be Performed Easily, Safely, And At Little Expense. Fifth Edition. Concord: Published By Rufus Porter. William Brown, Printer. 1826 28. To make a writing appear and disappear at pleasure - Dissolve equal parts of sulphate of copper and muriate of ammonia in water, and write. When you...
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Albata Metal and Threaded Spoons

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:39am
There are things in the E. L. Parker tinners supply catalog that are, without a doubt, named by terms that have passed into memory. Albata Metal and Threaded Spoons are two such terms. Albata metal is, from what I can discern, another name for German Silver, aka Nickel Silver. For some very odd reason, Alabata Metal has morphed into Alpacca Metal as described by some antique dealers. Threaded Spoons I take to mean that the pattern has a thread, or raised ridge around the edge for decoration and possibly to strengthen the item. Knowledgeable and practicing Tinners will undoubtedly correct...
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E. L. Parker & Co. Illustrated Catalog, Baltimore, Md, 1868 Tinners' Tools and Supplies

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00pm
The work begins on production of the reproduction of the E. L. Parker & Co. Illustrated Catalog, Baltimore, Md, Tinners' Tools and Supplies, published in 1868. If I could lift and identify the fingerprints or DNA from these catalogs, I would! Failing that, aside from surface cleansing, the smudges and marks of long use remain as found.
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More Broom Makers Equipment - A Complete Shop

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:44am
Thanks to Sam Lazar, who was reading an older post on this blog, here is a set of images of a complete shop of Broom Makers machinery. Currently an Ebay item, and if you are reading this in a few days, no longer an Ebay item. While I try to avoid posting Ebay images, this set deserves preservation. The thumbnail gallery is a new feature from Typepad for organizing and displaying images. I'm testing it out and so far, I like it. If you have difficulty viewing this set as a gallery, please do let me know! Till next, Gary
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Possible Civil War - Confederate - Leather and Linen Wallet

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 2:30pm
At a local antique multi-dealer shop I picked up what appears, at least to me, to be a Civil War era, quite possibly Confederate, leather and linen tri-fold wallet. Why Confederate? The wallet has four paper currency compartments that measure exactly 3 1/8 inches in height by 7 3/4 inches in width. From my brief research, Confederate paper currency was commonly 3 1/8 in height. Not being any sort of an expert on Confederate paper currency, or Union for that matter, I'll leave it up to the experts to decide. The wallet is well used but also well preserved. The...
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Jay Gaynor - Requiescat in pace

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:02am
Martha Katz-Hyman has put into words what all of us are thinking and feeling at the loss of Jay Gaynor. Aside from his enormous and ever-lasting impact on the study of early trades and crafts, his influence on Living History, he was kind, generous, learned in so many areas and above all, the nicest person you would ever hope to meet. "Remembering today my dear friend and colleague, Jay Gaynor, who passed away yesterday morning. Jay hired me 29 years ago as his assistant curator at CW, and we remained close friends all these years. This picture was taken last...
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