Tag Archives: tools

The Tinsmiths, 1763

Stump anvils, stakes, hammers, lamps, mandrel, soldering iron, and other goodies galore.  Diderot never missed a lick and this is as good as any.  From Diderot and D’Alembert 1763 Encyclopedia of Sciences, Arts and Trades.  One of my favorite resources. … Continue reading

About these ads
Posted in tinker, tinsmith | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Carpenter, 15th-16th Century

Prior to power sawmills and corporate lumber production, much of the carpenter’s project time was filled with simply making trees into boards.  Most illustrations I have found of preindustrial carpenters feature someone hewing, planing, or chiseling with the occasional scene … Continue reading

Posted in carpentry, woodworking | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Occupation, Bag Maker

Bag maker and salesman from the 15th century.  This should inspire some Medieval era artisans out there. Cutting board and leather knife.

Posted in leatherwork | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Robin Wood

I’ve had to watch this about a dozen times and I’ve even posted it before.

Posted in Robin Wood, wood turning, woodworking | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Fancier Base for a 6-board Chest

Originally posted on Lost Art Press:
While the six-board chest is a simple form, there are some variants that make the chest look more high-style, like it might have a fancy bracket-foot base. Today I decided to convert the chest…

Posted in craftsmanship, DIY, woodworking | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wandering Minstral

Another painting by the Scottish artist John Burr (1831-1893).  An itinerant fiddler plays for a family in a Scottish lane.  I can’t help but think the father looking out has a skeptical look; possibly wondering what this will cost in … Continue reading

Posted in art, minstrel, scotland, tinker, traveller | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Travelling Tinker

A painting by the Scottish artist John Burr (1831-1893).  Tinkers were originally tinsmiths or “tinners”.  One of many itinerant jobs pursued by a class of casual laborers.  These were mostly skilled and specialized crafts like basket making, shoe repair, leather … Continue reading

Posted in art, scotland, tinker, traveller | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Chart of Hand Tools

Here’s a great gift for your workspace or to hang on the wall while dreaming of building something worthwhile.  It’s the Chart of Hand Tools from the Pop Chart Lab, “printed using 100 lb archival recycled stock certified by The … Continue reading

Posted in art, Maker, tools | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Router Plane

  Stanley Model 71 Router Plane.  Tools of a simpler time.

Posted in tools, woodworking | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stanley Tool Plan

Popular Mechanics, 1927 At least the son looks like he was allowed to loosen his tie!

Posted in advertising, tools | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments