Tools Teach

H.G. Brack
2nd edition, 2013

A survey of tools that characterized early American industries, tracing their evolution into the Industrial Revolution’s diverse trades and industries and the development of machine-made tools in the American factory system. Includes over 800 illustrations of tools in the Davistown Museum collection, their predecessors from Diderot’s Pictorial Encyclopedia of Trades and Industries (1751 – 1775), and illustrations of Roger Majorowicz’s ax collection. A pictorial synopsis of the following three volumes.

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Hand Tools in History Publication Series Summary

Volume 13 in the Hand Tools in History series explores the iconography (imagery) of early American hand tools as they evolve into the Industrial Re volution’s increased diversity of tool forms. The hand tools illu strated in this volume were selected from the Davistown Museum collection, most of which are cataloged in An Archaeology of Tools (Volume 9 in Hand Tools in History), and from those acquired and often sold by Liberty Tool Company and affiliated stores, collected during 40+ years of “tool picking.” Also included are important tools from the private collections of Liberty Tool Company customers and Davistown Muse um supporters. Beginning with tools as simple machines, reviews are provided of the metallurgy a nd tools used by the multitasking blacksmith, ship smith, and other early American artisans of the Wooden Age. The development of machine-made tools and the wide variety of tool forms that characterize the American factory system of tool production are also explored. The text includes over 800 photogr aphs and illustrations and an appendix of the tool forms depicted in Diderot’s Encyclopedia. This survey provides a guide to the hand tools and trades that played a key role in America’ s industrial renaissance. The iconography of American hand tools narrates the stor y of a cascading seri es of Industrial Revolutions that culminate in the Age of Information Technology.

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Volume 13 in the Hand Tools in History series explores the iconography (imagery) of early American hand tools as they evolve into the Industrial Revolution’s increased diversity of tool forms. The hand tools illustrated in this volume were selected from the Davistown Museum collection, most of which are cataloged in An Archaeology of Tools (Volume 9 in Hand Tools in History), and from those acquired and often sold by Liberty Tool Company and affiliated stores, collected during 40+ years of “tool picking.” Also included are important tools from the private collections of Liberty Tool Company customers and Davistown Museum supporters. Beginning with tools as simple machines, reviews are provided of the metallurgy and tools used by the multitasking blacksmith, shipsmith, and other early American artisans of the Wooden Age. The development of machine-made tools and the wide variety of tool forms that characterize the American factory system of tool production are also explored. The text includes over 800 photographs and illustrations and an appendix of the tool forms depicted in Diderot’s Encyclopedia. This survey provides a guide to the hand tools and trades that played a key role in America’s industrial renaissance. The iconography of American hand tools narrates the story of a cascading series of Industrial Revolutions that culminate in the Age of Information Technology.