British Planemakers from 1700 by William Louis Goodman
Second edition published in 1978 by
Arnold & Walker
77 High Street, Needham Market
Suffolk IP6 8AN
ISBN 0 90463807 3
The 48 point lowercase letters on the title page
and jacket are of Great Canon Roman Cut by
Joseph Moxon (see pp. 63-7, 71) and first shown in
his "Proves of several Sorts of Letters" of 1669.
The capitals are replacements made by the
Calson Foundry who adopted the face.
Printed in Great Britain at
the Westerham Press
London Road, Westerham, Kent
(This is my own reader’s book review from Amazon.)
This very important book is in fact Mr Goodman’s second historical survey on ancient hand tools. In 1964, Goodman published "The history of woodworking tools" to great critical acclaims from collectors and scholars.
This "2nd edition: greatly enlarged" of British Planemakers from 1700 offers a unique historical survey of the planes and their makers in 18th and 19th Century Britain. Mr. Goodman’s well written text delivers to its readers an in-depth analysis of how the Hand Plane were made in the workshops of England.
The Author’s un-mistakable British wit makes for a very funny and entertaining read! On page VI, the book is aptly dedicated "To the long-suffering wives of all old-plane buffs, whose patience and forbearance have made this study possible". (Thank you, Mrs. Goodman! for putting up with your man’s cultural obsession)
Table of Contents:
list of Illustrations
I. THE PLANES
1: Bench Planes
2: Moulding Planes (General)
3: ‘Hollers’n Rounds’
4: Profiled Moulding Planes
5: Moulding-plane Wedges
6: Grooving Planes, Ploughs, etc.
7: Rebating Planes and Fillisters
II. MAKERS’, DEALERS’ and OWNERS’ MARKS
III. CHECK LIST OF PLANEMAKERS and DEALERS
IV. CHECK LIST OF PLANE-IRON MAKERS
There is more than 35 illustrations and detailed tables.
This is a wonderful book: Happy readings!
To learn more about American Planemakers’s history in the 18th and 19th Century, you must read the unique 1983 Kenneth D. Roberts’ book: Wooden Planes in Nineteenth Century America – Volume II, it is a mind treasure!
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