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This publication is a survey of European hand tools, from various woodworking and other trades, dating from the 16th century to the 19th century.


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Early European Decorated Tools

  • The tools that are illustrated and analysed were either made decoratively or received surface decoration, often incorporating ancient symbols, dates and owners initials. Although all the tools featured were made to be primarily functional, the focus of the book is on the asthetic qualities that transform such tools into examples of genuine folk art. Planes, braces, axes, compasses, saws and chisels, etc, are featured, including many that have not been previously recorded or published. The tools presented, via photographs, drawings and paintings have been sourced from various national museums across Europe and from private collections too.

    About the author:
    Jonathan green-Plumb, a self taught woodworker, is currently a Design and Technology teacher at Norfolk high school. He developed his interest in early hand tools whislt at art school and has been collecting antique tools for nearly 20 years. He was presented with a Salaman Award grant by The Tools and Trades History Society, which allowed him to visit museums and gain access to tools and images that would otherwise have been out of reach. Jonathan has a MA Degree in Fine Art Sculpture.



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