BLACKBURN BOOKS


The Illustrated Encyclopedia of
WOODWORKING HANDTOOLS
INSTRUMENTS & DEVICES

fully revised 3rd edition

Illustrated Encyclopedia

Volume I of the definitive 3 volume set* on traditional woodworking by Graham Blackburn

  • large format 8-1/2" x 11"
  • 208 pages
  • over 570 illustrations
  • listed tool associations, dealers, and auctions
  • select bibliography
  • fully cross-referenced
  • smythe-sewn binding for years of use
  • hard-bound in gold-stamped full cloth

$45.00 postpaid (in USA) — every copy autographed by the author

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* Vol. I : ENCYCLOPEDIA of WOODWORKING HANDTOOLS
Vol. II : TRADITIONAL WOODWORKING HANDTOOLS
Vol. III : TRADITIONAL WOODWORKING TECHNIQUES


Fully revised 3rd edition — autographed by the author!

The first of three volumes constituting an invaluable reference work for the serious woodworker, the Encyclopedia is guaranteed to be of especial interest to the handtool enthusiast, whether user, collector or historian.

This book is a comprehensive pictorial index of those woodworking handtools common in Western civilization from the 18th century to the present. Not only a fascinating record of trades and skills - from cabinetmakers to wheelwrights - in an age before powertools became the norm, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Woodworking Handtools Instruments & Devices also emerges as a remarkable tribute to man's technological ingenuity.

More than 600 tools are listed and described here, both alphabetically and fully cross-referenced for easy access, from the adze, awl, bevel, and bit to the wrest, yardstick, and zig-zag rule. Complemented by lists of tool associations, dealers, auctions, and world-famous collections, this book is complete with explicit definitions, many interesting etymologies, and much fascinating historical information

First published over a quarter of a century ago, this newly revised 3rd edition contains more than 570 detailed line drawings, accompanied by an expert's authoritative text. Whether used as a handy reference book to identify a tool and its use, or read simply for enjoyment, this book stands alone in capturing for all time the sophisticated beauty and inventiveness of woodworking handtools.

"An easy and comprehensive reference for the handtools that time has remembered."
— New England Coastal News

"A work of love and a work of art."
— The Wall Street Journal

"A unique and useful reference work."
— Libraries Unlimited

"A 'must' for woodworkers, amateur or professional."
— Hudson Hub Times

"An indispensable guide."
— Country Collectibles

"Tool collectors will find it a good general reference book."
— Booklist

"A marvelous addition to any woodworker's library."
— Sandwich Broadside