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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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Herewith you will find the chapter on the making of the typical 19th and early 20th century tool chest from the inimitable Bernard Jones' The Practical Woodworker: Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Toolemera Press
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The Mechanic's Companion by Peter Nicholson 1850 ISBN: 9780983150008 Download Mechanic'sCompanionPeterNicholsonSample Buy From Toolemera Press Paypal Direct Purchase. $28.00 Free Shipping Worldwide US, UK, EU, AU Wholesale orders quoted at discount. The Book Depository Free Shipping Worldwide Google Shopping Amazon (affiliate link) THE MECHANIC'S COMPANION, by Peter Nicholson, describes in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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I don't know where or when I found this PDF file of the 1891 Disston saw line as offered by John H. Graham Hardware Co. My guess is that whosoever created it will chime in and I can provide attribution. It's a helpful guide to what was available from that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2019 at Toolemera Press
You’re very welcome. Anything from James Price is scholarly.
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A Museum Curator's & Collector's Guide To English Bitstock Tools by James E. Price. Courtesy of James E. Price is this public domain study of British Bitstocks and Bits. Of note is that early American bitstocks and bits were either based on British designs or were imported from Great Britain.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Sloyd In Great Britain And America 1890 & 1906 ISBN: 9781087806259 Download SloydGreatBritainAmericaSample Buy From Toolemera Press Paypal Direct Purchase. $22.00 Free Shipping Worldwide US, UK, EU, AU Wholesale orders quoted at discount. Book Depository Free Shipping Worldwide Google Shopping Whether a teacher, a student or a craftsperson who wishes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Our Workshop & The Lathe And How To Use It by Temple Thorold 1866-1867. ISBN: 9781087819426 Download ThoroldWorkshopSample9781087819426 Buy From Toolemera Press Paypal Direct Purchase. $23.00 Free Shipping Worldwide US, UK, EU, AU Wholesale orders quoted at discount. The Book Depository: Free Shipping Worldwide Buy through Google Shopping Amazon (affiliate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Joseph Moxon, he of Mechanick Exercises: The Doctrine Of Handy-Works fame, was not what the woodworking community thinks he was: a Joyner Of Note. Far from it. Moxon was a polymath, aka; Noun, A person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning. He was a map maker, globe maker, scientific instrument maker,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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The Complete Cabinet Maker's And Upholsterer's Guide by J. Stokes 1829 ISBN: 9780983150046 Download StokesSample Buy From The Publisher - Paypal Direct Purchase. $22.00 Free Shipping Worldwide US, UK, EU, AU Wholesale orders quoted. Book Depository Free Shipping Worldwide More Options At Google Shopping The Complete Cabinet Maker And Upholsterer's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Textbook of Swedish Home Sloyd by Anna Peterson Berg 1926 ISBN: 9780989747714 Download SAMPLETextBookOfSwedishHomeSloydBerg Paypal Direct Purchase. $20.00 Free Shipping Worldwide US, UK, EU, AU Wholesale orders quoted. Book Depository Free Shipping Worldwide Amazon Trade Paperback: 126 pages Publisher: The Toolemera Press (July 28, 2013) Language: English ISBN-13: 9780989747714 Product... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Introduction To Woodworking 1920: Woodwork Tools And How To Use Them & Woodwork Joints: How They Are Set Out, How Made And Where Used. ISBN: 9780989747752 Download IntroductionToWoodworking1920Sample Paypal Direct Purchase. $26.00 Free Shipping Worldwide US, UK, EU, AU Wholesale orders quoted. Book Depository: Free Shipping Worldwide Amazon Trade Paper:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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E. L. Parker & Co. Tinners' Tools & Supplies, Baltimore 1868 ISBN: 9781087812373 Buy Direct Paypal $24.00 USD Free Shipping US, UK, AU, EU Wholesale quoted Book Depository Free Shipping Worldwide Amazon (Affiliate Link) Trade Paperback: 172 pages Publisher: Toolemera Press (October 21, 2019) Language: English ISBN: 9781087812373 Product Dimensions:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Shoji & Kumiko: 85 Vintage Designs Buy Direct From The Toolemera Press $22.00 USD via Paypal, Free Shipping US, UK, EU, AU Wholesale quoted Book Depository: Free Shipping Worldwide Amazon (an Affiliate link) Shoji & Kumiko: 85 Vintage Designs Shoji: A Japanese screen or sliding door used to partition living... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Courtesy of Andrew Beelen, member of the Facebook group Rhykenology, shared this interesting H. Chapin sash plane: Listed in the Bliven & Meade catalog as a Self-Regulating Screw Arm Handled Sash Plane, it is in truth a double boxed handled sash plane, non-regulating. The heel is stamped Wm. McK. Perry... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph. Cyanotype Print C. BITTNER, WOODSVILLE, PRINTER. Interesting image of a turn of the century printer. As this is an oval cyanotype print, my guess is that it was a trial printing of an image to be used in a magazine or book. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph Labeled: Bremer, Ilion, N. Y. c1890. A very unusual group photograph of print shop workers. Judging by the clothing and the type of image, my guess is c1890. I asked Toby Hall of the EAIA to take a look at this image in order to identify the people and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card Three Shipwrights. At least that is my current guess. The photograph came from the New Jersey coast. These three fine looking gentlemen are wearing matching coveralls, spiffy hats and holding the tools of their trade. The gent on the left is holding a mallet and what appears... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Cabinet Card print of Full Plate Tintype Shipwrights, Ship Hull. Location - New England c1880? The small right angle black areas at the bottom two corners of this print indicate that this was originally a full plate TinType. Someone saw fit to make an Albumen print at Cabinet Card size.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card Shoe Factory, Assembly Floor. c1885. When I found this image, it was in even worse shape. Lots of gentle cleaning and the image came up to snuff. This is one of those great 'spur of the moment' images that contains a wealth of information. If you know... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card LEATHER OR HARNESS SHOP INTERIOR. Cabinet Card. Judging from the bales of leather on the floor and the pile of what appear to be either belts or harness straps... this is the shop of leather workers of some sort. How's that for an educated guess? Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card KISTLER, IOWA MILLWORK SHOP. Cabinet Card. All I know is that this was labeled Kistler, Iowa. "Father". I don't know which one is Father. This looks like a millwork shop to me. There's a heavy commercial surface circular sander, bandsaw, table saw, lathe and one mitre box... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card SHINGLE MAKERS ?. Cabinet Card. Perhaps the photographer had had too much to drink that afternoon? The workers and the shack all decided to lean over at the same time? My guess is that these fellows are shingle makers, judging by the form of drawknife they are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Carte de Visite MAN HOLDING LUMBER RULE. CDV. What the well dressed lumber yard employee wears to work. From the photography shop of Napoleon Sarony, 680 Broadway, N. Y., a particularly famous photographer. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Stereoview NORWEGIAN UP & DOWN GANG SAW MILL. c1910. Stereoview, A particularly interesting view of a turn of the century Norwegian gang up and down, or vertical saw mill.The card itself is actually quite bowed due to the effects of humidity and the expansion of dissimilar materials. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press