Published back in 2002 from Schiffer Publishing, the book, Dictionary of American Hand Tools: A Pictorial Synopsis, is a proper gift for anyone looking for a historical view of the tools used by the craft and tradesmen that built North America.

“It is a fascinating chronicle of nearly every tool ever used in North America, including ancient tools used by Native Americans; trade tools used to create coaches, pianos, ships, and saddles; tools for harvesting farm goods, turpentine, and ice; and tools for fine trades such as bookbinding and watch repair. The tools are organized according to profession, from Beekeeper to Wheelwright, and will fascinate todays practitioners of these trades and hobbies. This comprehensive volume includes more than 4,500 images from catalog illustrations, trade literature, and hand drawings.” A beautiful book – perfect for you or your Valentine.

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