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HHWW: Learning Resources #1: Turn of the Century (1900's) Trade and Crafts Books

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Blog entry by Ted Ewen posted 07-20-2015 12:23 PM 967 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just stumbled upon this online resource, and thought it would be of value, so here it is:
http://chestofbooks.com/home-improvement/index.html#.VazktfmqpBd

This is an online collection of (seemingly) full text volumes, many from the early 1900’s. The range of subjects is astounding, and the number of volumes available is quite exciting. It’s not just trades and crafts either.

Here are the subject headings from the Home Improvement section:
—- An ultimate Do It Yourself collection of books, that covers various Home Improvement skills, Construction, Furniture, Decorations, Mechanics, Woodworking and other Handicraft

-Woodworking Books
Woodworking techniques, tools and projects, and reference books

-Furniture Books
Books that will help you make your own furniture or repair the existing furniture.

-Decoration Making Books
Ideas and reference books for making decorations for home and office.

-Construction and Plumbing Books
Reference books on construction and plumbing

-Workshop Recipes Books
Books to use as a reference in the workshop and machine shop environments

-Fixing and Repair Books
A collection of home fixing up and repair books
—-

And from the woodworking section
Woodworking techniques, tools and projects, and reference books

-Handicraft For Boys | by A. Frederick Collins
-Let’s Whittle | by LeRoy Pynn, Jr.
-Carpentry And Mechanics For Boys | by A. Neely Hall
-Woodwork For Beginners | by Ira Samuel Griffith
-Advanced Projects in Woodwork | by Ira S. Griffith
-Correlated Courses In Woodwork And Mechanical Drawing | by Ira S. Griffith
-Carpentry | by Ira Samuel Griffith
-A Manual Of The Hand Lathe
-Handbook In Woodwork And Carpentry | by Charles A. King
-Elements Of Woodwork | by Charles A. King
-Elementary Turning | by Frank Henry Selden
-Elements Of Construction | by Charles A. King
-Inside Finishing | by Charles A. King
-Constructive Carpentry | by Charles A. King
-Elementary Woodwork | by Frank Henry Selden
-Manual Training: First Lessons In Wood-Working | by Alfred G. Compton
-Carpentry for Boys. How-To-Do-It Series | by J. S. Zerbe
-The Mechanical Properties Of Wood | by Samuel J. Record
-Manual Instruction: Woodwork. The English Sloyd | by S. Barter
-Wood-Block Printing | by F. Morley Fletcher
-Wood-Carving. Design And Workmanship | by George Jack
-Woodwork Joints | by William Fairham
-Selected Woodwork Shop Problems | by George A. Seaton
-Tool Processes In Woodworking | by A. P. Laughlin
-Manual Training In The Grades | by Frank Halstead
-Shop Projects Based On Community Problems | by Myron G. Burton
-Workshop Notes & Sketches For Handicraft Classes
-Boring, Recessing And Multiple Turning Tools
-Problems In Woodworking | by M. W. Murray
-A Laboratory Course In Wood-Turning | by Michael Joseph Golden
-Elementary Sloyd And Whittling | by Gustaf Larsson
-Sloyd: Educational Manual Training | by Everett Schwartz
-Scientific Sloyd | by Anna Molander
-The Teacher’s Hand-Book Of Slojd | by Otto Salomon
-Hand-Craft: The Most Reliable Basis Of Technical Education In Schools And Classes | by John D. Sutcliffe
-Handcraft In Wood And Metal | by John Hooper and Alfred J. Shirley
-Manual Training For The Rural Schools | by Louis M. Roehl
-Art And Education In Wood-Turning | by William W. Klenke
-Lathe Design, Construction And Operation
-Bench Work In Wood | by W. F. M. Goss
-Design and Construction in Wood | by William Noyes
-Our Workshop
-The Art And Craft Of Cabinet-Making | by David Denning
-The Cabinet-Maker’s Assistant
-The Carpenters, Joiners, Cabinet Makers, And Gilders’ Companion | by F. Reinnel
-Elementary Woodwork | by George B. Kilbon
-Exercises In Wood-Working | by Ivin Sickels
-Modern Carpentry And Building | by W. A. Sylvester
-Elementary Principles Carpentry | by Thomas Tredgold
-Rustic Carpentry | by Paul N. Hasluck
-The Carpenters’ Guide | by Harvey Miller
-Wood Turning | by George Alexander Ross
-Turning Lathes | by James Lukin
-A Course In Wood Turning | by Archie S. Milton, Otto K. Milton
-Text-Book Of Modern Carpentry | by Thomas William Silloway
-Woodwork Course For Boys | by William Nelson
-Woodworking For Beginners: A Manual for Amateurs | by Charles G. Wheeler
-Carpentry For Beginners – Things To Make | by John D. Adams
-Educational Woodworking For Home And School | by Joseph C. Park

-The Elements Of Wood Ship Construction | by W. H. Curtis ”The Ship’s Foundation” Every structure must have a suitable foundation. Floating structures, such as ships, are built on temporary foundations called slips. When completed they are then launched, or permitted to slide into the water. While the slip is purely a temporary foundation for the ship during construction, it usually is permanent in itself and may be used for many ships.

That last one really took my fancy.

Just thought it might be of interest :D

Read more: http://chestofbooks.com/home-improvement/index.html#.Vazn8vmqpBe#ixzz3gQx0yqM5

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.



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Tim

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#1 posted 07-20-2015 05:40 PM

That’s a great list, but I personally like to go download the whole book as a pdf or epub from archive.org instead of having to click over and over to get from one section to the next. Also a pdf makes searching the whole book much easier. Since these are old books no longer in copyright, they have been scanned and turned into computer files. Then someone like this website organizes them and turns them into webpages.

Find the title you want then put that into the search box here:
www.archive.org

I really do like this list of books by topic though. That’s a whole lot of them.

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Ted Ewen

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 09:02 PM

Cool, thanks for the tip! As you say, if nothing else this acts as a handy subject index for things we’ve never heard of. Easier to find when you know what you are looking for :D

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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Paul Bucalo

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 10:59 PM

Awesome list, Ted! I bookmarked the link and will be perusing the site. Thanks.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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Ted Ewen

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#4 posted 07-22-2015 07:14 AM

Always a pleasure.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 07-22-2015 02:50 PM

Ted, thanks for the great link. I saved it to my favorites file

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Ted Ewen

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#6 posted 07-22-2015 04:16 PM

Glad to be of service, Charles :D

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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