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Gary Roberts
Wilmington, North Carolina USA
Ephemerist, Book collector, antique dealer, publisher and then some.
Interests: ephemera, books, crafts, woodworking, antique tools, traditional trades, industries, maine coon cats, vintage photographs
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Can you do this with pencil, dividers and rule? Or do you turn to CAD? Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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This advertisement from Poulsons American Advertiser, 1818, is for R. A. Parrish of Philadelphia, PA. Parrish worked from 1807-1845, making this possibly the earliest advertisement from this maker. Available in a variety of sizes and formats: photographic prints, posters, gallery, cards, etc. at very reasonable prices. At my Redbubble Storefront Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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This interesting standing fillister made by G. van der Hoeft of Holland is a puzzle. At 10 inches in length and 2 5/8 inches in height, it would seem to be of 18th Century origin, or very early 19th Century. There is no information on date or place in the records. At least not that I can find. The beech is quite dry, worm holed and light in weight. The blade is unmarked. For the record, a standing fillister is a rabbet plane with an integral, fixed depth stop and side fence. Till next, Gary Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
From Jennie Alexander comes this information on the history of The Shaving Horse as well as a measured drawing for making your own. Jennie Alexander - Shaving Horse Plans Till next, Gary Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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From an unknown source, which is to say if the originator of this set of planes comes forward, I will happily provide full credit. An Early Spiers Dovetailed Smoothing Plane Till next, Gary Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
Herewith are three exceptional sets of plan for wooden planes, by Caleb James, Planemaker and Cabinetmaker. Each is a downloadable PDF, provided by Caleb James for public use. Note that each PDF is secured and copyrighted by Caleb James. Download Wooden Smoothing Plane Plans by Caleb James Planemaker Download Wooden Jack Fore Plane Plans By Caleb James Download Wooden Rabbet Plane Plans by Caleb James Till next, Gary Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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How to describe a heart, from The Tinman's Manual And Builder's And Mechanic's Handbook, I. R. Butts, 1867 Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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The top plane is marked F cross M for Frans Moret, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1742-1784. This is a standing fillister plane, 10 1/8" long, 7/16" cut. The bottom plane is marked M cross R for Matthijs Rademaker, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1721-1740. This is a complex molding plane, 11 9/16" long, 1" wide profile. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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Gardner & Murdock, Green St., Boston (1825-1841) were successful makers of unusual planes. Most that I have seen are either of exotic woods, unusual forms or both. This is an ebony, possibly Gaboon ebony, single iron block plane. The blade is set at 40 degrees, a slightly lower angle than usual for such a plane. Not quite a mitre plane but not quite a smooth plane. The angle and the single iron, along with the ebony, fits the bill for the product Gardner & Murdock produced. Although I have no proof of this, I have always suspected that they made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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I picked this up so many years ago that I can't remember just when. It was from an antique show in Massachusetts and that's all I can say. This live oak, shipwright made smooth plane has been one of my favorites for form and function. It's as found, dusted but no other cleansing has been done to it. It sits in a place of honor on a shelf. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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While picking various local thrifts, I came across this partial spinning wheel that quite literally jumped into my basket. The seller thought it was dated 1884. On getting home and dusting the stamps, I discovered it was dated 1834. Martin Donnelly came up with more information: LEICHT, JOHANN SIMON Salem, North Carolina b.1780 d.1861 Location: Salem, North Carolina, North Carolina Source: Spinning Wheel Sleuth - Maker List No. 7 (SWS7) Tool Types: Spinning Wheels - Horizontal, bobbin/flyer, treadle [flax wheels], spindle wheel [great or wool wheel]. Comments: Salem, North CarolinaWorking Dates: b.1780 d.1861Spinning Wheels - Horizontal, bobbin/flyer, treadle [flax wheels],... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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Here are examples of span layout versus distinct images. Imagine one image per page for distinct images. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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There are 50 folio size plates in the Clara Roth Chip Carving folder. I could do a print job at original size through a custom printer but that would end up retailing for an arm and two legs. The options are to split each plate in half (not in reality, in Photoshop) and use a two page spread. But, many of the images span the middle of each plate. Detail is what this folio is all about. Therefore, my decision is to, as much as possible, add an image per page, with each project arranged page by page for continuity.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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Thanks to a catalog I didn't know I owned, I now know what a Galloon is: gal·loon: ɡəˈlo͞on/noun; a narrow ornamental strip of fabric, typically a silk braid or piece of lace, used to trim clothing or finish upholstery. It's really a lot of fun shopping in boxes you already own for stuff you didn't know you owned. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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When I can't sleep, I work on books to publish. It's my crutch, what can I say? The Chip Carving folio by Clara Roth is a conundrum. There are specific limits inherent in print on demand publishing. Namely, 8.5 x 11 is the maximum page size in vertical layout. There is no horizontal layout to choose without leaving standard trade paper books. Roth consists of 40 folio size pages, each with anywhere from 4 to 8 engraved images of various projects. Each project has multiple views depending on the complexity and build. Thus the problem to decide to: A. reproduce... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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This one had to be conserved page by page. Each page surface cleansed, ironed and stored flat for a month or so to ensure stability. At the end of this process, I made around 70 scans, each at 300 dpi resulting in 50mb RGB files to be processed through Photoshop, Preview, Pages and Acrobat. In addition to the folio plates, I'll also produce the instruction booklet which is in German and will remain in German, largely because while I can swear in Yiddish and to some extent in Cantonese, I neither read nor speak German. Here are web versions of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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Having regained my equilibrium and intelligence, I spent some time reviewing the new publishing features at Redbubble. Therewith, I embarked upon adding a few new items and editing the various product options. Trains For All Ages at the Redbubble Toolemera Storefront These are the current images in this section, with more to come. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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I'm back to working on a number of early engravings for publication on my Redbubble storefront. Reminder to self: update the sidebar on this blog and on the website. The first is Engine No. 9999, The New York Central & Hudson River Rail Road from The Locomotive Catechism by Robert Grimshaw, 1893. 1893 Engine No. 999 at Redbubble. The default is for a Poster. If you scroll down to Available Products, you will find a number of formats, including Photographic Prints. Photographic Prints allows you to choose different sizes as well as being printed on quality Kodak photographic paper. Till... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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Awaiting the proof on this C. E. Jennings & Co. Trade Catalog, August 1, 1901. I expect to review the Proof by Tuesday, latest. Hopefully. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
Often benches used in schools or manual education classes were painted, sometimes with whatever color they had on hand such as institutional green! I've seen them in red and orange too.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2016 on Another Christiansen Workbench at Toolemera Blog
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We can only hope! The catalog will go live on Thursday at Amazon. Maybe someone at Nicholson will decide to stop outsourcing their product?
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A Treatise On Files And Rasps - Nicholson File Company - 1878 If you remember the EAIA reprint of some decades past, this is the same treatise but from my personal copy. Retail price will be $12 for an 8.5 x 11 trade paper book. Stay tuned for this and more trade catalogs to come. NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM FOR A HUGE $12 Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
I'ld concur with you on all points, as noted. Possibly thanks to benighted services such as Twitter, the English language continues on it's downward spiral. Punctation has gone the way of the Dodo, or at least it has in the U.S.A.
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Much sooner than expected, the Iron City Tool Works catalog of 1920 is now available as a reprint through Amazon.com. Iron City Tool Works Catalog reprint and now on to the next project... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Toolemera Blog
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This lovely (or at least it will be after a bunch of restoration) mid 20th century Japanese Tea Ceremony Tansu if made of single board pine, burl veneered sliding panel fronts and by appearances, finished in an oil. It appears to have dowel pins as I can't detect any iron or steel screws. It could of course have brass screws but I suspect dowel pins. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Toolemera Blog