Authors Corner

Information is very important whether you collect, use or just appreciate antique and traditional tools. Additionally, learning about how the tools were used and in what industries brings still another perspective.

Even in todays’ world of computers and smart phones, sitting with a book or other publication in an easy chair and relaxing after a long day is a pleasant way to spend some time and learn more about areas we have an interest in. From The Gristmill, our quarterly publication to one of the books written by a member of M-WTCA, you can’t go wrong.

The Astragal Press is a company that specializes in books on antique tools, early trades and early technology. They have an ever increasing number of publications. Many of the books listed below can be found there as well as through Internet searches.

 

Books and Publications Produced by the Membership of M-WTCA

Listed in alphabetical order by Author

Bachellar, Jr., Milton H.

American Marking Gages Patented & Manufactured, 445pp

Blackburn, Graham

Traditional Woodworking Handtools, A Manual for the Woodworker, A guide for the Enthusiast, 364 pp

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of woodworking Handtools Instruments and Devices, 570pp

Blanchard, Clarence

Antique Trade Tools Price Guide, 302 pp

Cleaning Antique Tools, 15 pp

The Stanley Little Big Book 2006, 292 pp

The Stanley Little Big Book 2007 – 2008, 230 pp

Warman’s Tools Field Guide, 512 pp

See also Larson, Lars and Blanchard, Clarence below

 

Butler, Carroll

Treasures of the Longleaf Pines Naval Stores, 374pp

  

Comerford, III, Daniel J. , wl Baird, Ron;

The Hammer, the King of Tools, 352pp

Cope, Kenneth

American Wrench Makers, 290pp

Collectable Tools, Tool Ads, 117pp

Makers of American Machinist Tools, 320

More Makers of American Machinist tools, 165 pp

Kitchen Collectables, An Identification Guide, 208pp

American Foot Power and Hand Power Machinery, 135pp

American Lathe Builders; 1810-1910, 204pp

Index of US Tool Patents 1790-1873 , 96pp (OP)

American Cooperage Machinery and Tools, 213 pp

American Machinist’s Tools: An Illustrated Directory of Patents, 424 pp

Carriage & Wagon Makers Machinery & Tools, 200 pp

American Steam Engine Builders 1800-1900, 280 pp

American Milling Machine Builders 1820-1920, 200 pp

American Planer, Shaper & Slotter Builders, 208 pp

D’Elia, Andrew American Wood & Metal Planes From the collection of the D’Elia Tool Museum, 342pp

 

Devitt, Jack Indiana Toolmakers & Their Tools, 410pp

Ohio Toolmakers & Their Tools, 388pp

Eaton, Reg The Ultimate Brace, 180pp

Fredrich, Raymond P. Nail Pullers with Patent Reference, 419pp

Friberg, Todd L.American Patented Saw Sets, 306pp

Grismer, Jerome T. Kendrick, Clyde H. Embossed American Axes, A Photographic Guide, 177pp

Hanley, Michael Motorcycles, Planes, & Revolution, 100pp

 

Heckel, David E. Sargent Planes Identification and Value Guide 2nd Edition, 104pp

The Stanley “Forty-Five” Combination Plane, 136pp

 

Herrli, Tod Classic Plane Making Hollows and Rounds, 90 minute dvd

 

Heuring , Jerry & Elaine Collector’s guide to E. C. Simmons KEEN KUTTER Cutlery and Tools, 192pp

 

Kean, Herbert P. w/ E. Pollak; Collecting Antique Tools, 122pp

 

Kean, Herbert P.

Price Guide To Antique Tools, 3rd Ed., ?pp

Restoring Woodworking Tolls, 122pp

 

Lamond, Thomas C. Manufactured and Patented Spokeshaves & Similar Tools, 452pp

 

Larson, Lars and Blanchard, Clarence Patented American Planes for Wood, Leather and the Allied Trades, 1795-1934, Vol. 1 1795 to 1875, 192pp;

Vol. 2 1876 to 1900, 225pp;

Vol. 3 1900 to 1934, 225pp

 

Leach, Patrick Stanley Planes by the Numbers, 90 minute video

 

McConnell, DonTraditional Molding Techniques: Cornice Moldings,71 min. dvd

Traditional Molding Techniques: The Basics,80 minute dvd

See also Schaffer, Erwin L. and McConnell, Don below

 

Moffet, Jim The Hand Held Corn Sheller &, 300pp

 

Moody, John The American Cabinetmaker’s Plow Plane, 248pp (OP)

 

Pearson, Ronald W. The American Patented Brace, 1829-1924: An Illustrated Directory of Patents, 185pp

 

Pollack, Emil & Martyl Makers of American Wooden Planes 4th Edition , 477pp

 

Price, James A Sourcebook of United States Patents For Bitstock Tools and The Machines That Made Them, 174pp

 

Prine, Jr., Charles Planemakers of Western Pennsylvania and Environs, 118pp

 

Rathbone, P.T. History of Oldtime Farm Implement Companies and the Wrenches They Issued, 520pp

 

Rees, Jane & Mark Tools, A Guide For Collectors, 256pp

Rees, Jane & Mark – and Others

The Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton, 72pp

 

Roberts, KennethWooden Planes In 19th Century America, Vol. 1, 314pp (OP)

Wooden Planes In 19th Century America, Vol. 2, 452pp

Some 19th Century English Woodworking Tools, 482pp

Tools For the Trades & Crafts, 22pp

 

Roberts, Kenneth D. & Jane W.

Planemakers and Other Edge Tool Enterprises in New York State in the 19th Century, 230pp

 

Rosebrook, Donald American Level Patents Illustrated and Explained, Vo. 1, New England, 256pp

American Levels and Their Makers, Vol. 1, New England, 318pp

 

Rumpf, John Plane Makers of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: Jacob Siegley, Edwin Hahn, Keystone Tool Works. , 121 pp

 

Schaffer, Erwin L. Hand-Saw Makers of North America, 163pp

 

Schaffer, Erwin L. and McConnell, Don Hand-Saw Makers of Britain, 105pp

 

Schwarz, ChristopherThe Art of Joinery. By Joseph Moxon with commentary by M-WTCA member Christopher Schwarz, 93pp

Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use , 144pp

Handplane Essentials, 312pp

Forgotten Hand Tools ,87 minute dvd

Coarse, Medium and Fine: Fundamental Woodworking Techniques ,65 minute dvd

Building Furniture with Hand Planes ,60 minute dvd

Handscraper: Understanding, Preparing and Using the Ultimate Finishing Tool ,30 minute dvd

The Workbench: How to Design or Modify a Bench for Efficient Use ,40 minute dvd

 

Sellens, AlvinThe Stanley Plane, 216pp (OP)

Stanley Folding Rules, 169pp (OP)

Woodworking Planes, 232pp (OP)

Dictionary of American Hand Tools, 546pp

Keen Kutter & Simmons Padlocks Guide, 59pp (OP)

Keen Kutter Pocket Knives, 224pp

Keen Kutter Planes, 160pp

 

Smith, Roger K. Patented & Transitional American Planes, Vol. 1, 336pp (OP)

Patented & Transitional American Planes, Vol. 2, 396pp

Index & Location Guide for Cope’s Directory of Machinist Tool Patents, 27pp

 

Stanley, Phillip E. Boxwood & Ivory Stanley Traditional Rules 1855-1975, 188pp

Searching for 18th and 19th Century Patents on the Patent Office Web Site, 113pp

A Source Book for Rule Collectors, 361pp

 

Underhill, Roy The Woodwright’s Shop, 202pp

The Woodwright’s Companion, 203pp

The Woodwright’s Workbook, 248 pp

The Woodwright’s Eclectic Workshop, 238pp

The Woodwright’s Apprentice, 196 pp

The Woodwright’s Guide, 182pp

 

Walter, John Antique & Collectable Stanley Tools, Guide to Identity and Value, 882pp

 

Wanamaker, George Stanley Tape Measures, the First 40 Years, pp

 

Ward, Joe North Brother’s Manufacturing Company Product Guide, Yankee, 231pp

 

Whelan, John M. The Wooden Plane, 509pp

Making Traditional Wooden Planes, 128pp

 

White, Ronald & Virginia A Researcher’s Guide to Patents and Dates, 216pp

 

Williams, Donald C. Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley, 216pp

 

Williams, Larry Making Traditional Side Escapement Planes, dvd 180 minutes

 

 

Note: This list is not all inclusive.