Author Archives: Jeff Burks

Care of Grindstones

The American Agriculturist says, perhaps there is no farm implement which is so useful and so little esteemed as the grindstone. If it was kept under shelter and otherwise properly taken care off, one of these instruments should last almost … Continue reading

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No Tools to Lend

No Tools to Lend These words, inscribed on the door of a farmer’s tool house, recently caught our eye, and furnished a ready theme for meditation. Borrowing is an ancient and evil custom, the fruitful source of many troubles. In … Continue reading

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Animal Locomotion

Last year we discussed the work of 19th century British photographer William Henry Fox Talbot. A print attributed to Talbot circa 1844, known as ‘Carpenter and Apprentice‘, may be the oldest surviving photograph of woodworkers. The subject of this blog … Continue reading

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A Great Variety of Useful Tools

American Industries—No. 9, Small Tools The industry under consideration is peculiarly American. It is representative of a class of establishments that have given our manufacturers a world-wide reputation for goods that are both cheap and reliable. This success is mainly … Continue reading

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Hamilton’s Tree-Felling and Cross-Cutting Machine

This machine is specially designed for felling trees. It is well known that in chopping down trees with an ax, two or three feet, according to the size of the tree, of the most valuable part of the lumber is … Continue reading

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Workmen and Their Tools

A Russian architect who is traveling in this country to study American building methods was greatly interested in the elevator which he saw used for raising brick in the construction of a great apartment-house. He even photographed the device, in … Continue reading

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Mechanick Dialling

Dial Planes are of two Sorts; firſt ſuch as are made on the Wall of a Building; or ſecondly, ſuch as are drawn on the Tables of Wood, vulgarly called Dial-Boards. The firſt Sort, if they are made of Brick-Work, … Continue reading

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Good Tools are Half the Work

There has been a good deal for some time past spoken and written about the education of the workman, but technical knowledge is not all that our artisans require. The use and abuse of tools is a subject of great … Continue reading

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Elementary Paper—Glueing, Veneering, Polishing

Glueing. The right sort of glue to use for ordinary work is “best Scotch” (inferior kinds are often adulterated with lime). This glue is sold at all good tool shops; but if it cannot be obtained, choose the most transparent … Continue reading

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The Use of the Lathe

(An Open Letter) Yes, we have all been reading Sir Walter Scott’s journal, and are noway surprised but every way pleased to hear that you have taken to heart his pathetic lament when in old age winter restricted his outdoor … Continue reading

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