"I would like to commend David Russell on this fascinating history of woodworking tools. The book shows clearly the kinds of tools that enabled craftsmen to make the most beautiful pieces of furniture and other items."--David Linley; "This is a superb achievement."--Huon Mallalieu, Country Life; "The Russell collection volume [is] intended to glamorize unsung innovations."--Eve M. Kahn, New York Times; "Considered the most serious work of reference of its kind to date and destined to become a 'bible' in its field."--Sheffield TelegraphVom Verlag:
The David Russell collection brings together a stunning array of edge and boring tools from Britain, continental Europe and North America and provides a broad survey of hand tool-making from prehistory to today. All the tools are illustrated with James Austin's photographs, and details and marks are shown where appropriate. Special attention is given to planes, and the great British makers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are discussed in depth. Since prehistoric times there has been a never-ending quest for better ways to cut and bore wood. Along the way this has produced a wide variety of hand tools, and there are many where beauty and function meet. The book will appeal to a wide range of readers, including collectors, industrial archaeologists, social historians and historians of material culture. "The excellent photographs and descriptions do more than justice to one of the most outstanding collections I have ever seen."--The late Roy Arnold
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