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Books and Publications Produced by the Membership of M-WTCA

Although tool collecting has existed for many decades, it did not really come into its own until the beginning of the 1990's. It was in this time period where interest in the tools of our heritage showed explosive growth , membership soared and so did the demand for information. Prior to this time books on the subject were few, much research had yet to be done. Information at this was limited to the observations of long time collectors, their devotion for collecting and study inspired them to document what they had learned from years of first hand observations and research. With the 90's came the information age, the ability to communicate quickly, distribute information, to document and print with untold ease and speed. The marriage of this technological marvel with the fervent interest of dedicated collectors begat an unbelievable array of books and publications on the many aspects of tools. A very large percentage of the books available today were written by members of M-WTCA, many of whom are considered to be the foremost knowledgeable and respected experts in their field. Following is a partial listing of publications authored by our members, many of which may be purchased directly from book dealers listed on our links page. There are a number of books that are out of print, they are included in listing because they are still considered to be important reference works and are on many collectors "Must Have" books list. They will periodically turn up at auctions or sales and will command respectable prices, they should not be overlooked .

Listed in alphabetical order by Author

Bachellar, Jr., Milton H.

American Marking Gages Patented & Manufactured, 445pp


Blackburn, Graham

Traditional Woodworking Handtools, A Manual for the Woodworker, A guide for the Enthusiast, 364 pp

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of woodworking Handtools Instruments and Devices, 570pp

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Blanchard, Clarence

Antique Trade Tools Price Guide, 302 pp

Cleaning Antique Tools, 15 pp

The Stanley Little Big Book 2006, 292 pp

The Stanley Little Big Book 2007 - 2008, 230 pp

Warman's Tools Field Guide, 512 pp

See also Larson, Lars and Blanchard, Clarence below

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Butler, Carroll

Treasures of the Longleaf Pines Naval Stores, 374pp


Comerford, III, Daniel J. , wl Baird, Ron;

The Hammer, the King of Tools, 352pp


Cope, Kenneth

American Wrench Makers, 290pp

Collectable Tools, Tool Ads, 117pp

Makers of American Machinist Tools, 320

More Makers of American Machinist tools, 165 pp

Kitchen Collectables, An Identification Guide, 208pp

American Foot Power and Hand Power Machinery, 135pp

American Lathe Builders; 1810-1910, 204pp

Index of US Tool Patents 1790-1873 , 96pp (OP)

American Cooperage Machinery and Tools, 213 pp

American Machinist's Tools: An Illustrated Directory of Patents, 424 pp

Carriage & Wagon Makers Machinery & Tools, 200 pp

American Steam Engine Builders 1800-1900, 280 pp

American Milling Machine Builders 1820-1920, 200 pp

American Planer, Shaper & Slotter Builders, 208 pp

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D'Elia, Andrew

American Wood & Metal Planes From the collection of the D'Elia Tool Museum, 342pp


Devitt, Jack

Indiana Toolmakers & Their Tools, 410pp

Ohio Toolmakers & Their Tools, 388pp

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Eaton, Reg

The Ultimate Brace, 180pp


Fredrich, Raymond P.

Nail Pullers with Patent Reference, 419pp


Friberg, Todd L.

American Patented Saw Sets, 306pp


Grismer, Jerome T. Kendrick, Clyde H.

Embossed American Axes, A Photographic Guide, 177pp

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Hanley, Michael

Motorcycles, Planes, & Revolution, 100pp


Heckel, David E.

Sargent Planes Identification and Value Guide 2nd Edition, 104pp

The Stanley "Forty-Five" Combination Plane, 136pp

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Herrli, Tod

Classic Plane Making Hollows and Rounds, 90 minute dvd


Heuring , Jerry & Elaine

Collector's guide to E. C. Simmons KEEN KUTTER Cutlery and Tools, 192pp


Kean, Herbert P. w/ E. Pollak;

Collecting Antique Tools, 122pp

Kean, Herbert P.

Price Guide To Antique Tools, 3rd Ed., ?pp

Restoring Woodworking Tolls, 122pp

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Lamond, Thomas C.

Manufactured and Patented Spokeshaves & Similar Tools, 452pp


Larson, Lars and Blanchard, Clarence

Patented American Planes for Wood, Leather and the Allied Trades, 1795-1934, Vol. 1 1795 to 1875, 192pp;

Vol. 2 1876 to 1900, 225pp;

Vol. 3 1900 to 1934, 225pp

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Leach, Patrick

Stanley Planes by the Numbers, 90 minute video


McConnell, Don

Traditional Molding Techniques: Cornice Moldings,71 min. dvd

Traditional Molding Techniques: The Basics,80 minute dvd

See also Schaffer, Erwin L. and McConnell, Don below

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Moffet, Jim

The Hand Held Corn Sheller &, 300pp;


Moody, John

The American Cabinetmaker's Plow Plane, 248pp (OP)


Pearson, Ronald W.

The American Patented Brace, 1829-1924: An Illustrated Directory of Patents, 185pp


Pollack, Emil & Martyl

Makers of American Wooden Planes 4th Edition , 477pp


Price, James

A Sourcebook of United States Patents For Bitstock Tools and The Machines That Made Them, 174pp


Prine, Jr., Charles

Planemakers of Western Pennsylvania and Environs, 118pp


Rathbone, P.T.

History of Oldtime Farm Implement Companies and the Wrenches They Issued, 520pp


Rees, Jane & Mark

Tools, A Guide For Collectors, 256pp

Rees, Jane & Mark - and Others

The Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton, 72pp


Roberts, Kenneth

Wooden Planes In 19th Century America, Vol. 1, 314pp (OP)

Wooden Planes In 19th Century America, Vol. 2, 452pp

Some 19th Century English Woodworking Tools, 482pp

Tools For the Trades & Crafts, 22pp

Roberts, Kenneth D. & Jane W.

Planemakers and Other Edge Tool Enterprises in New York State in the 19th Century, 230pp


Rosebrook, Donald

American Level Patents Illustrated and Explained, Vo. 1, New England, 256pp

American Levels and Their Makers, Vol. 1, New England, 318pp

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Rumpf, John

Plane Makers of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: Jacob Siegley, Edwin Hahn, Keystone Tool Works. , 121 pp


Schaffer, Erwin L.

Hand-Saw Makers of North America, 163pp

Schaffer, Erwin L. and McConnell, Don

Hand-Saw Makers of Britain, 105pp


Schultz, Alfred & Lucille

Antique & Unusual Wrenches, 90pp (OP)


Schwarz, Christopher

The Art of Joinery. By Joseph Moxon with commentary by M-WTCA member Christopher Schwarz, 93pp

Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use , 144pp

Handplane Essentials, 312pp

Forgotten Hand Tools ,87 minute dvd

Coarse, Medium and Fine: Fundamental Woodworking Techniques ,65 minute dvd

Building Furniture with Hand Planes ,60 minute dvd

Handscraper: Understanding, Preparing and Using the Ultimate Finishing Tool ,30 minute dvd

The Workbench: How to Design or Modify a Bench for Efficient Use ,40 minute dvd

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Sellens, Alvin

The Stanley Plane, 216pp (OP)

Stanley Folding Rules, 169pp (OP)

Woodworking Planes, 232pp (OP)

Dictionary of American Hand Tools, 546pp

Keen Kutter & Simmons Padlocks Guide, 59pp (OP)

Keen Kutter Pocket Knives, 224pp

Keen Kutter Planes, 160pp

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Smith, Roger K.

Patented & Transitional American Planes, Vol. 1, 336pp (OP)

Patented & Transitional American Planes, Vol. 2, 396pp

Index & Location Guide for Cope's Directory of Machinist Tool Patents, 27pp

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Stanley, Phillip E.

Boxwood & Ivory Stanley Traditional Rules 1855-1975, 188pp

Searching for 18th and 19th Century Patents on the Patent Office Web Site, 113pp

A Source Book for Rule Collectors, 361pp

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Underhill, Roy

The Woodwright's Shop, 202pp

The Woodwright's Companion, 203pp

The Woodwright's Workbook, 248 pp

The Woodwright's Eclectic Workshop, 238pp

The Woodwright's Apprentice, 196 pp

The Woodwright's Guide, 182pp

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Walter, John

Antique & Collectable Stanley Tools, Guide to Identity and Value, 882pp


Wanamaker, George

Stanley Tape Measures, the First 40 Years, pp


Ward, Joe

North Brother's Manufacturing Company Product Guide, Yankee, 231pp


Whelan, John M.

The Wooden Plane, 509pp

Making Traditional Wooden Planes, 128pp

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White, Ronald & Virginia

A Researcher's Guide to Patents and Dates, 216pp


Williams, Donald C.

Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley, 216pp


Williams, Larry

Making Traditional Side Escapement Planes, dvd 180 minutes


Note: This list is not all inclusive, there are some authors or titles that may not listed on this page. As time and information allows it will be edited for content. This list is meant to provide a sampling of the collective knowledge of our membership. There are a great many members who write articles for our quarterly magazine "The Gristmill", on subjects too narrow in focus to be published in book form. There is a great wealth of information to be had by becoming a member. Most of these Authors attend our local and national meetings regularly, which is where you may meet and discuss these various topics with them.

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