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Dyverse Musings On Early Trades, Crafts & Industries
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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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Hand Craft, A Text Book...Being An English Exposition Of Slojd by John D. Sutcliffe 1890

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:42pm
Hand Craft, A Text Book, Embodying A System of Pure Mechanical Art, Without The Aid Of Machinery. Being An English Exposition Of Slojd; As Cultivated In Sweden And By The Scandinavian Peoples. By John D. Sutcliffe. Pub: Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh; Newbery House, Charing Cross Road, London. 1890 What can I say? The British were not content with the Swedish Slojd and how to create their own version. Truth be told, there is little difference in most Slojd books, with the exception of Barter, who really had to learn to relax a bit. Sutcliffe took the workbook of Slojd,...
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Buy the best tool that you can afford. Is it no longer a truism?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 8:08am
Curmudgeon Comment of the day: Aside from the obvious answer of price, why do so many woodworkers today purchase tools made in China or India? The lack of support for American and even European made products in this craft confuses me in as much as at the same time as tools made in China and India are becoming a predominate factor in the marketplace and workshop, we are calling the death knell of the US/European economy through support of the China and Indian economy which, by and large, is based on worker debasing shop conditions, low pay and often environmentally...
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M.D.U.S.N. Surgeon's Amputation Saw

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 6:33pm
Whilst perusing a local antique store, one of those group stores that offer everything from scented candles to honest antiques, this little number found it's way into my hand: On the tote is stamped M.D.U.S.N. and above that, PANAPL (something) CO., or at least I think that's what is stamped. The blade measures in at 8.25 inches long and the entire saw is 12 inches in length. I'll leave the dating of this and identifying the Company name up to those who know. Cost me $20.00. Also picked up a 12 part tin candle mold and a rose colored, hand...
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The Return Of The Blog

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:25pm
Starring - Walter Pidgeon, as the Ford Doctor at Lancaster's Garage, General Repairing at Highways No. 2 and No. 3. That's Walter Pidgeon in the suspenders, standing with his hand on the fender of an automobile which, while I can't identify it, I have no doubt someone will within short order. For a close up of Mr. Pidgeon, take a look at this image of the inside of the shop: What's all the fuss about? This is the first post on this blog in a great many months. I've moved from the cold, cold, rainy northeast coast to the hot,...
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