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Gary Roberts
North Carolina
Bookman, Ephemerist, Antiquarian, Retired Librarian
Interests: antiquarian books, vintage, ephemera, antique tools, art pottery, interesting old stuff, libraries, publishing, independent publishing
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Free, yes Free! The 1910 C. Hammond & Son Illustrated Catalogue: Manufacturers Of Edge Tools And Hammers; Office And Works Ogontz, PA, USA You can download the free pdf of the catalog, Fair Use copying or distribution allowed. Or, if you want a print version at a reasonable cost, go... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Toolemera Press
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I've added a new paid PDF download to my Payhip storefront: 50 VINTAGE SHOJI & KUMIKO DESIGNS • 1930 Price: $6 USD 50 original vintage designs for Japanese Shoji with Kumiko screens. Each image in the PDF document was created from Hi Res TIFF files scanned from the original book... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Toolemera Press
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Everything you may or may not have wanted to know about Hide Glue from The Keystone Glue Company of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, manufacturers of Hide Glue, comes: The Glue Handbook Download KeystoneGlueHandbookSecured And, Doing The Gluing Download DoingTheGluingKeystone_secured Till Next, Gary Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Randle Holme III was the third Randle Holme to bear the name Randle Holme. Joseph Moxon was the only Joseph Moxon of his day. Got it? Both Holme and Moxon hailed from Great Britain. You can read more than you might want to read about the Holmes family here. And... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Just because there has been Moxon's Doctrine Of Handy-Works and some Roubo, it seems seemly that there should be some André Félibien, notably his Des principes de l'architecture, de la sculpture, de la peinture, et des autres arts qui en dépendent : avec un dictionnaire des termes propres à chacun... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Courtesy the New York Public Library Digital Collections comes this 108 page excerpt from Roubo's L'Art Du Menuisier En Meubles. Download Roubonypl Till next, Gary Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Two treatises from Spear & Jackson on the Hand Saw courtesy of Peter Evans of the Oldtools Email List. CONCERNING HANDSAWS: SOME HINTS ON THEIR CARE & MAINTENANCE. Spear & Jackson: The World's Greatest Sawmakers. Aetna Works, Sheffield. c1950 Reprinted 2006 the Traditional Trades Group, Inc. Spear & Jackson's take... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Back around 2006, give or take a year, Chris Schwarz approached me about doing some research on workbenches for the book he was working on. Being the packrat that I can be, I had both books and scanned images aplenty to refer to. Librarians tend to archive stuff. We call... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Fret-Sawing For Pleasure And Profit: How To Use The Fret-Saw, by An Old Amateur, first published in 1877 by Henry T. Williams, New York, NY. Annotated with an essay by Gary Roberts on the historical context of "Fret-Sawing For Pleasure And Profit ' and fret-work in 19th century America. Download... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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I have something on the order of 600 gb of images: photos, ephemera, books, etc. Bit by bit I'll add interesting material to this blog. As of yet I haven't installed an RSS feed or Email update function but will do so in due time. The Christiansen Bench Company, Chicago,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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If you have ever wondered about the ubiquitous file or rasp, from whence it came and how it was made, what types there are and to what purposes they were intended, here is your answer as a Free Download. Download NicholsonFileDownloadSec Possessing a fine example of 19th Century title overkill,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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For your edification and enjoyment, a free download of the complete C. E. Jennings & Co. Trade Catalog, August 1, 1901. Download CEJenningsCat1901CSWebSec The Charles E. Jennings company operated from 1878 until 1923 with offices in New York, N.Y. and factories in: Yalesville, Connecticut; Hinsdale, New Hampshire and Port Jervis,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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One of the most popular downloads from the Toolemera Press website is Charles Hayward's booklet: How To Make Woodwork Tools. While it remains on the website for now, bit by bit I'm moving material to this blog for easier updates, comments, downloads, etc. How To Make Woodwork Tools features measured... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2019 at Toolemera Press
Again, sorry for the delay. I've had some health issues lately. There are a handful of texts that were intended for students use rather than for the instructors. The majority of Sloyd texts are intended as instructors manual. Frank Henry Selden wrote a handful of very good texts that can be found in The Internet Archive. Woodwork For The Grades https://archive.org/details/woodworkforgrade01seld?q=frank+henry+selden Elementary Cabinetwork https://archive.org/details/elementarycabine00seld/page/n5?q=frank+henry+selden Elementary Turning https://archive.org/details/elementaryturnin00seldrich?q=frank+henry+selden Aside from these texts. there are two that were intended for the direct use of the student, consisting of plans for use in projects. These are available as Toolemera Press reprints although you can also find Internet Archive pdf files for download. Slöjd In Great Britain And America 1890-1906 https://toolemera.com/Shop%20Toolemera%20Press/shopslojdgreatbritain.html Introduction To Woodworking 1920, a Toolemera Press compilation of William Fairham's introductory books. https://toolemera.com/Shop%20Toolemera%20Press/shopfairhamintro1920.html The question also is what grades are you thinking of and what type of Sloyd education? Traditional Sloyd combines paper work for the lower grades, woodwork for the middle and upper, metal work for middle and upper and textile work for lower, middle and upper. Please feel free to ask questions as your comment is important and raises concerns for the introduction of Sloyd or Slojd in modern education Gary
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Trade Catalog / Broadside Joiners' Tools Manufactured By John J. Bowles, Main Street, Hartford, Conn. c1840. Wooden plane maker price list which I sold a year or so ago. You name it, he made it. Chimney plane, anyone? If it pleases you, a copy of this broadside as a sticker,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Mechanick Exercises by Joseph Moxon 1703 Available in trade paperback print through The Toolemera Press and now available as a free download. Why? There is a thing in publishing known as The BackList. Books which have been in print for some time, have seen a good sales ratio and are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Toolemera Press
My apologies for the delay. While most Slojd and Manual Arts texts were intended for instructors, there are some that are applicable to student use and a few intended for students. I’ll put together a list of Internet Archive links. Is this for your use or for use in a classroom? Gary
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The Teacher's Hand-Book Of Slöjd, by Otto Salomon 1891 The essential introduction to Slöjd, or Sloyd. The Teacher's Hand-Book Of Slöjd, by Otto Salomon, was the primary teacher training text for the instructor of Slöjd based education at the Nääs School in Sweden. Slöjd, developed by Salomon, combines craft, creativity... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Without a doubt, this is a printer's proof of a c1828 trade card. c1828 William Betts, From Sheffield, Manufacturer Of Saws Of Every Description. Ladies Elastic Busks of all kinds. No. 10 Court Ludgate Hill, Birmingham. Original and uncut Trade Card Printers Proof. The only Betts trade card or printers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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At first I thought this was a trade card printers proof. That last time I researched this one, I came up empty. Not so now. This is an unused label for a druggist & chemists proprietary concoction of the sort typical of the early 19th century apothecary. Farriers' Liniment Label... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Herewith the complete though well worn 1858 trade catalog of The Baldwin Tool Co.: Illustrated Catalogue And Price List Of The Baldwin Tool Co's Premium Bench Planes And Moulding Tools: Also, A List of Boy's And Gentlemen's Tool Chests, And Superior Plane Irons, From W & S Butcher's Extra Cast... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Update 6/16/2019: This tintype is now up for auction on Ebay A few years ago the curator of the Yale Music Collection contacted me about using a tintype from my collection in their upcoming gallery exhibition. Needless, I agreed. The tintype is a favorite of mine. The tintype is of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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1867 Auburn Tool Co., 50 Owasco Street, Auburn, N.Y. Price List Of Bench Planes. The Auburn Tool Co. sub-contracted much of it's plane making to the New York State prison system. For a history of the Auburn Tool Co., see the Davistown Museum history. 1867 Auburn Tool Co. Price List... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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