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Dyverse Musings On The History Of Early Tools, Trades And Industries
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Hand Craft: An English Exposition Of Slojd, by John, D. Sutcliffe, 1890

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 3:52pm

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Hand Craft: An English Exposition Of Sloyd

Trade Paperback: 7" x 10" (17.78 x 25.4 cm) ; Black & White on White paper; 82 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1522921899 

Hand Craft: An English Exposition Of Slojd, by John, D. Sutcliffe, 1890, is a scarce and important text for practical use by both the student and teacher of the Slojd (Sloyd) manual arts education system.  
"For some generations there has been cultivated in Sweden, and amongst Scandinavian and kindred peoples, a course of training in personal ingenuity, unknown in most other countries... Such a course or system of training is called Slojd... The nearest equivalent in English to the Swedish word Slojd would seem to be Hand-Craft, or mechanical training for the hand." 
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Elementary Sloyd And Whittling, by Gustaff Larsson, 1906

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 3:46pm

Elementary Sloyd And Whittling
Trade Paperback: 7" x 10" (17.78 x 25.4 cm) ; Black & White on White paper; 108 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1523260577

Elementary Sloyd And Whittling, by Gustaff Larsson, 1906 was a standard text in the Sloyd, or Slojd system of education. 
"Sloyd is tool work arranged and employed as to stimulate and promote vigorous self-activity for a purpose which the worker recognizes is good. By 'Elementrary Sloyd' is meant bench work in wood, in two dimensions adapted to children from eight to twelve years of age." 
Elementary Sloyd And Whittling remains a primary resource for the modern educator and craftsperson in the application of basic knife work to practical woodwork. 
The Toolemera Press re-publishes classic books on early crafts, trades and industries, from our personal library. 

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The Teacher's Hand-Book Of Slöjd by Otto Salomon 1892

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 3:36pm

Teachers Hand Book Of Slojd Cover
Trade Paperback: 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm) ; Black & White on White paper; 230 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1519715548 
The Teacher's Hand-Book Of Slöjd, 1892, by Otto Salomon, was the primary teacher training text for the instructor of Slöjd based education at the Nääs School in Sweden. Slöjd education, developed by Salomon, combines craft, creativity and the teacher's guidance with "...the educative force which lies in rightly directed bodily labour, as a means to developing in the pupils (sic) physical and mental powers which will be a sure and evident gain to them for life." 
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Shop Toolemera - Mechanick Exercises: Or, The Doctrine Of Handy-Works by Joseph Moxon 1703

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 2:20pm

Mechanick Exercises: Or, The Doctrine Of Handy-Works by Joseph Moxon 1703


Mechanick Exercises: Or The Doctrine Of Handy-Works, was written, printed and published by Joseph Moxon between 1683 and 1703. A mathematician, writer, printer, publisher and maker of maps, globes and scientific instruments, Joseph Moxon was also the first tradesman to be awarded membership in the Royal Society of London. Mechanick Exercises popularized the secrets of the skilled trades of Smithing, Joinery, House Carpentry, Turning and Bricklaying, along with the making of Sun Dials. Mechanick Exercises is as important a reference today as a description of early skilled trades as it was in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm) ; Black & White on Cream paper; 412 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1522984757

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Rhykenology: Standing Fillister Plane, Dutch

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:44pm

A subset of the Rabbet Plane group is the Standing Fillister Plane. Although sometimes called a fenced rabbet, this is a rabbet plane with a permanent, integral depth stop formed in the body. Sometimes you will find a rabbet plane that has been altered by an owner to function as a Standing Fillister. Most I have seen were maker made to fit a specific size.


and another Dutch plane by a different maker


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Rhykenology: The Glass Check Plane, made by Nelson of London c1840

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:27pm

Three names are stamped on the toe of this Glass Check Plane:


J. Groves

D. Ironmonger

I wish I knew who D. Ironmonger was!

Nelson was either Richard or William Nelson of London. My guess is this plane is second quarter, 19th century.


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D. R. Barton Coopers Sun Plane - Rhykenology

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 5:59pm

An apple D. R. Barton Sun Plane, also known as a topping plane. Used to even up the ends of barrel staves.


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J. Foster Handled Smooth Plane of Lignum Vitae and Rosewood - Rhykenology

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 5:39pm

A lovely lignum vitae body, rosewood tote handled smooth plane by J. Foster, Boston. Pollack suggests that J. Foster is Jesse Foster, listed in directories as a Boston, MA, turner and cabinetmaker. 


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Live Oak Handled Smooth Plane - Rhykenology

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 5:13pm

Most likely made by a shipwright, this live oak handled smooth plane is made up of carefully selected pieces, joined to maximize grain. The handle is reinforced with a steel plate and the wedge is held in place with a steel rod. 


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A Dutch Workbench

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 5:14am

You'll have to run translate on this page if you want to read the text. The images do speak for themselves.



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North Bros. Mfg. Co. Manufacturers Of Hardware Specialities, Yankee Tools, Ice Cream Freezers, Etc. 1914

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 4:40pm

Letterhead: NORTH BROS. MFG. CO., MANUFACTURERS OF HARDWARE SPECIALITIES, "YANKEE" TOOLS, ICE CREAM FREEZERS, ETC. , Office & Works, N. E. Cor. American st. & Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA. December 1st, 1914.

An unusual full width graphic letterhead. With this modern letterhead, North Bros. was intent on showing that they had moved on from 19th C influences. Even so, they retained a vignette of a factory with tall chimneys billowing smoke. Sold to Myers Hdwe, Col, Lexington, Va. R. Carter & Co. of New York, as the wholesaler, arranged for replacement steel balls for a Yankee #41 Drill, supplied free of charge


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Nicholson File Company. Billhead, Price List and Toolemera Press Trade Catalog Reprint of the 1878 Full Line Catalog

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 4:38pm

Letterhead: NICHOLSON FILE COMPANY. OPERATING FOUR DISTINCT PLANTS. Providence, R.I., U.S.A., March 9, 1896. Letterhead to Messrs. Henry H. Myers & Sons, Lexington, Va. Graphics of all four plants in all their smoking glory


Price Lists: Nicholson Swiss Pattern Files, also Tools and Specialities. Nicholson File Company, Providence, R.I., U.S.A. Nicholson Files, Increment Cut... Nicholson File Company, Providence, R.I., U.S.A.
both, 1889. 
Files and rasps get a bad rap. People think of them as poor seconds for shaping stuff. They're seen as 'cheaters' for when you can't get a joint right, or make a mistake that needs to be corrected. Files and rasps are anything but. Essential tools that should be in every mechanicks tool chest, they are the intermediate step in shaping wood, plastic or metal. Don't leave home without them.

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Toolemera Press Reprint - History Preserved

Purchase the print edition from Amazon.com. $13.00

A Treatise On Files And Rasps, Descriptive And Illustrated: For The Use of Master Mechanics, Dealers, &c.; In Which The Kinds Of Files In Most Common Use, And The Newest And Most Approved Special Tools Connected Therewith Are Described - Giving Some Of Their Principle Uses. With A Description Of The Process Of Manufacture, And A Few Hints On The Use And Care of The File. The Nicholson File Company, Providence, Rhode, Island U.S.A. 1878

"The Nicholson File Company has now been in existence for upwards of fourteen years, during which time they have permanently introduced their goods into every section of this, and to some extent into other countries, against the strongest possible prejudice in favor of hand made files; their product being now double that of the entire imports of foreign files into this country." The Toolemera Press re-publishes classic books and trade catalogs on early crafts, trades and industries, from our personal library. 



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New York Mallet & Handle Works Trade Catalog 1877

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 4:19pm

Trade Catalog: New York Mallet & Handle Works. 1877. Some one had to make the mallets and the handles to be used to make the tools that made the tools. Lots of fascinating tools in here we tend to take for granted. An early catalog in surpringingly good condition.

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The New London Vise Works. Billhead 1897

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 4:07pm

Billhead: THE NEW LONDON VISE WORKS, MANUFACTURERS OF SOLD BOX VISES AND HEAVY HARDWARE. Joseph Hyde, Sons & Co., Proprietors. New Londgon, Conn. June 15, 1897

Sold to H. H. Myers. Lexington, VA. Very interesting graphic of a so-called blacksmith leg vise which has a provision for a foot actuated tightening mechanism.


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Chas. Morrill Manufacturers Of Liquid Soap Dispensers, Nail Pullers, Box Openers, Seal Presses, Bench Stops, Saw Sets, Punches. Trade Catalog and Billhead

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 4:06pm

Billhead: CHAS. MORRILL, MANUFACTURER OF LIQUID SOAP DISPENSERS, NAIL PULLERS, BOX OPENERS, SEAL PRESSES, BENCH STOPS, SAW SETS, PUNCHES. 100 Lafayette St. New York. Oct. 8, 1913. How's that for variety in manufacturing? Perhaps best known for his saw sets, Mr. Morrill obviously believed in diversification of his product line. Sold to Myers Hardware, Lexington, Va.


Trade Catalog: Morrill Product line,c1912 including saw sets and soap dispensers.

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Monhagen Saw Works, Wheeler, Madden & Blakewell Trade Catalog 1859

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 3:59pm

Trade Catalog: Monhagen Saw Works. Wheeler, Madden & Bakewell, Manufacturers of Warrented Patent Ground, Extra Cast Steel, Circular Saws, Mill, Mulay, Cross-cut, Hand, Panel and Rip Saws, Butcher's Bow Saws, Back Saws, Wood Saws, Felloe and Turning Webs, and Plastering Trowels. Manufactory, At Middletown, Orange County, N.Y.. Branch Office and Warehouse, No. 39 Platt Street, New York. 1859. 

A very early catalog from the company that morphed into Wheeler, Madden & Clemson, Woodrough & McParlin which eventually was abosrbed by the National Saw Company. For a full history, see WkFinetools. This catalog has what is known as 'self-wraps", which simply means the cover is constructed of the same paper as are the contents. This makes for a very fragile catalog. That plus the use of acidic paper has resulted in the loss of many mid-nineteenth century trade catalogs to the depredations of time and the elements.

Interestingly enough, there are refernces within this catalog to "see another page" for more information on various hand saws. But there is no other page and there never was one included in this catalog. I can only guess that there was an insert at one time that has been lost. The 1860 catalog at WKFinetools has images of the various hand saws which must be the same ones referred to in this 1859 catalog. Both catalogs feature this engraving of the factory as well as an engraving of their patented saw grinding machine, something that would have given OSHA nightmares.

Download Monhagensawworks1859.2catsec


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Miller Falls Company Catalogue "B", 1904, Catalogue "H" c1912

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 3:55pm


Millers Falls issued a series of pocket catalogues that are simply cute to behold, apart from superb graphics of rare and unusual items. Read it and drool. Contributed by Randy Roeder of the Oldtools eMail List, owner of A Millers Falls Home Page.

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Trade Catalog: Millers Falls Catalog H, c1912.

One of the small format catalogs which, as attested to by Millers Falls expert, Randy Roeder, is actually a mini-version of Catalog 32. Brett Rochette, many many months ago, asked if I would scan this catalog. He had found it in a toolbox, fairly well sodden with machine oil. On arrival, it was clear that oil had won. Mold had begun to set in on the rear cover and pages, almost all of the pages were nearly transparent with oil and the two stapes rusted through. I froze the catalog to halt the mold growth, after which I inter-layered the pages with absorbent paper to sop up oil and removed the staples. Still fragile, but now scannable, here is the PDF of this catalog, done in grayscale to minimize the oil staining

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Richard Melhuish Ltd. Woodworkers Tools And Machines Catalogue no. 25 1925

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 3:48pm


A super catalog, or catalogue if you prefer, of one the great tool houses of Great Britain. Everything the professional shop would need in the way of tools, supplies, machinery, &c, &c, The finest of British and American tools and machinery are represented in these pages. Included are two inserts, one for Irwin bits and one for the BevelMaster sharpening attachment.

Contributed by Joe Parker of the Oldtools eMail list. (28 MB)

Download Melhuish1925CAT


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D. Maydole Hammer Co. Norwich, N.Y. Post Card

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 3:44pm



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May & Co. Hardware, Tools and Metals Trade Card

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 3:43pm

Trade Card: MAY & CO. EST 1797. HARDWARE, TOOLS AND METALS. No. 1, Broad Street, Cor. State Street, Boston. Quite literally, the A to Z of hardware stores.


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