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British Saws and Saw Makers from 1660

Simon Barley

Historians of the various tool trades have long wanted a work specifically on saws and this, the first, is an attempt to match the detail and scholarship of the best that cover planes, cutlery, spanners and measuring tools. The author is a frequent writer and lecturer on saws and the history of their manufacture, and is able to base his work on 15 years of original research and the building of a personal collection of saws - possibly the largest in the world - which is housed with the renowned Ken Hawley Collection in Sheffield's Kelham Island Industrial Museum. Together, these collections form a unique research base and visitor attraction. This scholarly book is illustrated with almost 2000 photographs, the majority by the author, and with its listings of saw makers and dealers forms the most comprehensive directory to date of British names in the tool trades. Colour illustrated chapters on how saws were made, the centers of saw manufacture, the way that saw designs changed, saw handle design and fixings, types of hand saw, and a directory with detailed descriptions of makers and dealers, and more than 1500 illustrations of makers' marks are all presented here!


Over 748 Pages, B&W, Hardcover, 8.25" x 10.25", ©2014
Order Number: VAP406.........$95.00
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