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500 Bracelets

Le Van, Marthe

These hundreds of bracelets illustrate the versatility, diversity, and beauty of a simple form. As you look through this illustrated survey, you'll realize that the concept of what defines a bracelet is open to infinite interpretations. Whether you are an artist, collector, or jewelry enthusiast, these designs will continure to fascinate you.

Format: Soft cover,  Dimentions: 8" x 8";  Pages: 400;  Illustrations: 500.

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500 Enameled Objects

Perkins, Sarah

Enameling is the art of fusing glass and metal to create imaginative designs that catch the eye with their brilliance and tactile appeal. This jurored survey, unique for its scope and comprehensiveness, presents the contemporary work of three hundred international artists who are dually gifted as metalsmiths and as enamelists, contributing these museum-worthy pieces. The broad technical applications include everything from simple sifting and torch firing to complex cloisonne, presenting a wide variety of pproaches to enamel that demonstrates the current strength and breadth of the field.

Format: Softcover.    Dimensions: 8" x 8"    Pages: 420    Illustrations: over 500

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500 Knives

Le Van, Marthe

This book boldly proclaims that in the hands of skilled artisans, knives can transcend stereotypes. From swords to switchblades, hunting knives to cutlery, admire the many creative interpretations of these utilitarian objects and discover the different techniques and materials that have been used to make them.

Format: Softcover.   Dimentions: 8" x 8"   Pages: 384   Illustrations: 400

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500 Metal Vessels

Le Van, Marthe

A Stunning Collection of Contemporary Art

 Five hundred extraordinary bowls, teapots, and other remarkable hollowware illustrate the many forms an everyday object can take in the hands of gifted artists.

Format: Softcover.  Dimentions: 8" x 8"  Pages: 408  Illustrations: 500


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Art of Casting in Iron, The

Bolland, Simpson

The Art of Casting in Iron

by Simpson Bolland

The Art of Casting in Iron was first published in 1893. It has long since made its mark in the field of blacksmithing, offering handymen everything they need to know to make appliances, chains, and statues, and to repair broken castings the old-fashioned way. From founding statues and the art of taking casts to pattern modeling and sectional molding, this practical guideboook provides all of the need-to-know basics and more. With simple, easy to understand instructions and detailed formulas, tables, and illustrations, The Art of Casting Iron guides the reader step-by-step through the iron casting process, making it the perfect companion for novice metal founders and industry professionals.

Format: Soft cover   Dimentions: 6" x 9"   Pages: 392   Illustrations: 200

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Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry

Whyte, Dylon

 Chain mail jewelry is lovely in and of itself, but when you add beautiful beads, it becomes spectacular. Learn the fundamentials, and innovative technique for threading the beads onto chain mail, and eight weave patterns, ranging fromtime-honored classics to new originals. Try you hand at 27 pretty projects, from simple to challenging. These pieces are trye showstoppers.

Format: Hardcover   Dimentions: 9" x 10"   Pages: 144   Illustrations: 300

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Chasing and Repoussé

Corwin, Nancy Megan

Chasing and Repoussé have been used for centuries to embellish metal objects. This long awaited book provides lucid and practical instruction that will appeal to beginners and advanced craftspeople. With more than 450 photos and illustrations, including studio process and diverse master works collected from artists around the world, Chasing and Repoussé elegantly fills a need in the literature of metalsmithing.

Format: Hardcover.   Dimentions: 8 1/4" x 11"    Pages: 183    Illustrations: 450

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Coal Heat

Schuler Hull, Stanley & Cary

It may be the answer to your rising fuel bills

Looking for an alternative heat source from oil, wood, and electricity? Coal is cheaper and safer than wood because it does not have creosote buildup, and is easier to handle with less work. Coal Heat covers types and availability of coal, advantages and disadvantages, equipment, installation, maintenance, and conversion of furnaces to coal. Here is all you need to know about coat heat!

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 6" x 9"   Pages: 158   Illustrations: 51

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Collector's Guide To The MICA GROUP

Lauf, Robert J

This concise monograph provides a thorough, collector-oriented, review of the mica group which encompasses a group of about 40 minerals. It contains over 100 photographs & electron micrographs of representative specimens from the author's extensive research collection.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"   Pages: 96   Illustrations: 117

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Colonial Cook, The

Kalman, Bobbie

 In many Colonial homes, the woman of the family ran the household. She was responsible for preparing, preserving, and cooking foods. If she had daughters, they helped her with these chores. In wealthier households, the woman of the house did not do the cooking herself. She planned meals and supervised the servants who propared and cooked the food. This booklet explains how the food was raised and prepared and portrays the roles of servants and slaves in the kitchen, as well as the tools they used. Easily understood by young readers.

Format: Softcover.   Dimentions: 8 1/4" x 10 3/4"   Pages: 32   Illustrations: 60


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Colonial Women

Walker, Niki

 European colonists came to North America in the early 1600s. Most colonists came from towns and cities in Europe, so they were not prepared for the harsh wilderness. Most colonists believed that men were stronger and smarter than women. They had definite ideas about the roles, jobs, and behaviors that were suitable for women. The biggest events in most women's lives were marriage and childbirth. Their traditional jobs were preparing food, cleaning, caring for children and treating illnesses. This booklet for young readers depicts Colonial women in all their roles.

Format: Softcover.   Dimentions: 8 1/2"x10 3/4"    Pages: 31    Illustrations: 48

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O'Leary, Fred

1000 Patented Ways to Open a Bottle 1000 U.S. patent drawings dating from 1851 to 1994 showing the evolution of designs of corkscrews.

Format: Hardcover.   Dimensions: 9" x 12"   Pages: 340   Illustrations: 500

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Creative Metal Forming

Betty Helen Longhi & Cythia Eid

Creative Metal Forming is a comprehensive book which surveys contemporaty metal forming techniques through three dozen exercises and hundreds of photographs. Betty Helen Longhi and Cynthia Eid bring years of teaching and studio practice to this monumental resource. Novice hobbyists and advanced metalsmiths alike will find discoveries in every chapter, all didicated to energizing this exciting field.

Format: Hard cover   Dimentions:  8 1/2" x 11"  Pages:  254  Illustrations: over 800

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Exposé of Repoussé

Heath, Robert M.

Repoussé or embossing is "to ornament with raised work or to raise in relief from a surface." This presentation is to convey the most elementary and easiest technique to accomplish repoussé.There are basically three types of "Relief": 1. There is "low relief", also called bas-relief,  2. "half relief" where half of the figure stands out from the background, and 3. "high relief" in which the figures almost stand out from the background in the round. 

             This text can be enjoyed for learning and practicing the basics of repoussé.

Format: Soft cover,  Dimentions: 8 1/2" x 11",  Pages: 62,  Illustrations: 120


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Lewton-Brain, Charles

Forming Using Metal Characteristics Introduction and Technical Procedures

Fold forming is a system of sheet metal forming which emphasizes forming using the metal's characteristics and following what the metal likes to do. Forms are derived from the natural plasticity, ductility and elasticity of the metal. The system is internationally recognized as a new approach to working metal. It is extremely efficient and rapid. Tools are simple: fingers, hands, hammers, mallets, anvil and rolling mills.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"   Pages: 50   Illustrations: Over 70 B/W line drawings

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Lewton-Brain, Charles

Foldforming refers to a collection of procedures that generate an incredibly wide range of forms in metal. These revolutionary ideas are presented here by the man who discovered them, and who has worked tirelessly to help other artists expand on his groundbreaking work. This book is the first and most comprehensive book on the topic, and one that will remain a vital resource for many years to come.

Format: Hard cover   Dimentions: 8 1/2" x 11"   Pages: 159   Illustrations: 425

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From Log to Log House

Håkansson, Sven-Gunnar

 In the olden days, building with logs was common-place everywhere where trees were plentiful. It was the only way of providing oneself with a house or outbuildings.The craft of log building is a trade that takes considerable skill. If you intend to build your own log home, or a log shed, this book may give you some ideas of styles and floor plans.

 Anybody who is capable of swinging an axe will also be able to craft a notch. Log tightness and joint precision need not always be perfect, but should be suited to the use of the building. The important thing is that the participating individual, with his hands on an axe, feels the happiness of building a log house,

Format: Hardcover   Dimentions: 6 1/2" x 9 1/2"   Pages: 334   Illustrations: 500

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Gas Burners

Porter, Michael

For Forges, Furnaces and Kilns A portable metal melting furnace. Small enough for jewelry or large enough to heat a ceramic kiln. Mike Porter explains how to make:Gas burners for a forge - hand torch for metal arts - crucible furnace for metal and more! All equipment constructed from readily available materials. Full instructions and illustrations. Appropriate for beginners.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8" x 10"   Pages: 202   Illustrations: 32

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Great Wire Jewelry

Petersen, Irene From

"You'll be delighted with this little book. Each technique is clearly explained with step-by-step drawings and simple text." Bead & Button Magazine                                                                                                                                           "Merging the artful elegance of an ancient craft with a clear "how-to" format, this book is useful and inspiring to wireworkers at all levels of experience." Beadwork Magazine                                                                                            Imagine creating beautiful jewelry using only wire, jump rings, and a few basic tools. It's true! Both beginners and experienced jewelry makers will appreciate the ingenious yet simple techniques used to braid, twist, and knit silver, copper, and brass wire into stunning bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more. These techniques allow even novices to make great jewelry without using solder or expensive equiptment.                                                                             Each of the 70 fully illustrated projects are in color and have step-by-step diagrams. Each project is rated by difficulity.

Format: Soft cover  Dimentions: 8 1/4" x 8 1/4"  Pages: 60  Illustrations:102

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Hammered Copper

Baum, Sandy

South of Mexico City in the state of Michoacan, in the small city of Santa Clara del Cobre, (meaning copper) lived two families of copper smiths, the Angels (An-hill) and the Punzos. Their techniques are so ancient that they go all the way back to the copper age that preceded the Bronze Age three thousand years ago. Hammered Copper presents wonderful examples of copper from this area. From nothing more than a chunk or flat sheet of metal, artists here have spent centuries creating both uneful adn decorative items with specially made hand tools.

Format: Hard cover  Dimentions: 11 1/4" x 8 3/4"  Pages: 160   Illustrations:  375

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Heritage of English Knives, The

Hayden-Wright, David

The Heritage of English Knives

This is the preeminent reference on antique English knives, written by one of Great Britain's most respected 20th century authorities on weaponry. The text contains much previously unknown historical information about cutlers and their art. The history of the famous American designed Bowie knife, manufactured extensively in Sheffield, is explained and amply illustrated. The history of the American Bowie knife explained and amply illustrated. Discussions present multi-bladed sportsmen's pocket knives, farrier's, smoker's, quill knives, curiosities, and actual knives presented to King George IV in 1821.

Format: Hardcover.   Dimensions: 9" x 12"   Pages: 336   Illustrations: 301 color and 20 B&W

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Hinges and Hinge-Based Catches

Lewton-Brain, Charles

Hinges and Hinge-Based Catches: for Jewelers and Goldsmiths This book deals with hinge making, its considerations and tricks. Hinges and hinge-based mechanisms are incredibly important mechanical devices, and are vital to linkage systems, jewelry making and metal smithing in general. It discusses these mechanisms and offers a reference for those times when you need to deal with a hinge-related problem you have not had to deal with before, or when you need to review information before starting a project.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"   Pages: 112   Illustrations: 407

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How to Teach Yourself Blacksmithing with Clay

Meador, Don A.

By using clay you can learn how to move hot metal with your hammer to get the result you desire. Clay moves just like hot metal. Repeat a blacksmithing technique in clay several times, then when you go to the forge you will be able to hit the metal the right way, in the right spot with confidence.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11.5"    Pages: 175    Illustrations: 184




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Making a Copper Weathervane

Helmreich. Bruce

 Making a Copper Weathervane

Bruce Helmreich guides you through the steps necessary to build a hand-hammered copper weathervane. Folk art subjects used in American weathervanes include domesticated and wild animals, birds, occupations, patriotic themes, and transportation. Create your own design or use the complete set of plans included to produce a traditional rooster weathervane. Using basic tools (tin snips and hammers) and ageless techniques, this book will teach you how to make a weathervane that will serve your roof for years. Whether you are an experienced metal worker, or a woodworker looking for a challange, this is the book for you.

Format: Softcover    Dimentions: 8 1/2" x 11"   Pages: 160   Illustrations: 290 color and 25 line drawings

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Making Metal Beads

Warg, Pauline

 Making Metal Beads is a great resource for all jewelers. Pauline Warg clearly presents new techniques, reacquaints you with ones you mau not have used for a while, and offers many ideas for altering existing objects. From glistening gold to subtle silver, metal is an ideal material for crafting beads.

Format: Softcover.   Dimentions: 8 1/2" x 10"   Pages: 160   Illustrations: 300

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Making Metal Jewelry

Sartin, John

Author and noted jewelry designer John Sartin expertly teaches you the fundamentals and beyond.  Try new methods, build new skills, and become the jewelry designer you've always wanted to be.                                                               

~ Learn the basic skills of sawing, drilling, piercing, filing, and finishing metal.                                                                  ~ Learn how and when to use cold and hot connection methods.                                                                                      ~ Add texture with roller embossing, retuculation, hammers, and metal overlay.                                                               ~ Shape metal and build volume by dapping and forging.                                                                                                  ~ Mount gems and stones with bezel, prong, tube, and flush settings.

Format: Soft cover  Dimentions: 8 1/4" x 11"  Pages: 223  Illustrations: over 500

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Metal Techniques for Craftsmen

Untracht, Oppi

A Basic Manual on the Methods of Forming and Decorating Metals

Working with metals, recording experiences and the taming of fire, distinguishes man from  beasts.

This book gives complete instructions on the handling, working and finishing of all metals. It is fully indexed and lavishly illustrated not only with working techniques but also with fine examples of craftsmanship through the ages.

Part One is devoted to basic information and the characteristic qualities of each of the metals met by the craftsman, both precious and base.

Part Two describes the various techniques in working metals, those that do not require soldering, those employing contrasting metals, those that require soldering, and those combining metals with nonmelalic materials.

Part Three deals with smithing, annealing, forging, casting and other methods of metal fabrication.

Part Four deals with finishing.

Part Five descriibes hand tools and their uses.

Part Six is devoted to charts and tables.

Format: Hardcover.   Dimentions: 7 1/2" x 10 1/2"   Pages: 509   Illustrations: over 2,000


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Metalworking 101 for Beaders

Cooper, Candie

 This A - Z guide will teach you how to make the perfect metal findings to showcase your beadwork. It will take you step-by-step through all the information you need to make fabulous one-of-a-kind findings. You'll find over 30 stunning jewelry projects that will inspire you to practice you newfound skills.

Format: Softcover.  Dimentions: 8 1/2" x 10"  Pages: 128  Illustrations: 250

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Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop

Hettmansperger, Mary

Through a wide variety of stunning jewelry projects, you will learn how to work with silver clay, sheet metal, and wire, as well as tow materials that are new to the market: copper and bronze clay. Mary Hettmansperger walks you through each step of the projects, increasing your range of skills and design options. Her approach to making jewelry in non-traditional. She often uses low-tech connection methods and rustic metal patinas to add depth, age, and texture.

Format: Hard cover  Dimentions: 8 3/4" x 10 1/4"  Pages: 128  Illustrations: 70

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Moving Metal

Steines, Adolph

Moving Metal

The Art of Chasing and Repoussé

This book is a long overdue treat for blacksmiths, sculptors, and all artists of metalwork. It has information on chasing and repoussé in greater depth and detail than any other volume available in the English language today. A valuable resource for both the professional and the hobbyist. Translated from German

Format: Hardcover.   Dimensions: 8" x 10"   Pages: 131   Illustrations: 107+111

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Patinas For Small Studios

Lewton-Brain, Charles

The increased interest in patination and metal coloring and the need for simple, fairly non-toxic solutions for small scale general purpose use is met in this booklet. Procedures have been chosen that require small investment of money in chemicals, and are reasonably non-toxic or are made with household chemicals.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"   Pages: 33   Illustrations: 10

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Plane Makers Of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Rumpf, John F.

Jacob Siegley, Edwin Hahn, Keystone Tool Works This book contains the most extensive histories, TYPE studies, descriptions and photographs of the complete line of planes manufactured by the three plane manufacturers from Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Also detailed and photographed are 'Siegley' planes manufactured by the Stanley Co. after they bought out Jacob Siegley in 1901. Included is previously unpublished historical information on Hahn and Keystone Tool Works. This is a 'must have' book for anyone interested in patented and un-patented American metallic planes.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"   Pages: 124   Illustrations: 161

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Polishing Report, The

Lewton-Brain, Charles

All jewelers polish jewelry. Usually this is done with polishing machines. This booklet presents a carefully selected group of polishing tools which is a basic, generic, most useful set which serves general jewelry polishing problems. This invaluable booklet offers many polishing solutions as well as ways to prevent problems in the first place.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"   Pages: 31   Illustrations: 27

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Six Knots For Everyday Life

Peterson Sr., Phil

Six Knots For Everyday Life: For Home, Hobby and the Great Outdoors These six knots will help get you through life. They're simple, they're practical and they're all right here!

Format: Softcover.  Dimensions: 7" x 7.25"   Pages: 80   Illustrations: 227

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Small Scale Photography

Lewton-Brain, Charles

How to take great shots of your work This book is intended for beginners as well as working professionals who need good, quality, photographs and slides of their small scale art and craft work. There is an emphasis on low cost and simplicity. The system as described can serve just as well for creating images of any small objects under about three square feet in size. The principles can also be adapted for larger objects.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"  Pages: 90   Illustrations: 46

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Stake Repoussé Nahum Hersom

Henderson, Jerry

Repoussé means to repeal in French: the craftsmen who did Repoussé were called embossers. There are two methods of embossing; one is cushion, the other is support. The support method is sometimes called stake repoussé. The value of this book is to give the blacksmith and other metalworkers a foundation to do Detail and             Definition work, specifically Ornamental metal.

Format: Soft cover,  Dimentions:  8" x 11",  Pages: 61,  Illustrations: 84

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Stickmaking Handbook

Jones, Andrew & George, Clive

This book explains how to make a wide range of traditional walking sticks, market sticks and crooks. There are tips on straightening sticks, fitting the handle, and fixing the ferrule. It provides a thorough course in the craft and is suitable for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Format: Soft cover.    Dimentions: 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"   Pages:  Illustrations: 250

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Things Trees Know

Wood, Douglas

In The Things Trees Know, through insightful text and lovely pen and ink illustrations, Doug presents a whispering grove full of wisdom. Walk this wooded trail and find a shaft of sunlight,a ray of hope, a living landmark, and perhaps the answer to a question or two.

Format: Hardcover.   Dimensions: 4 1/4"x5 3/4"   Pages: 59   Illustrations: 56

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Tinsmith's Helper And Pattern Book, The

Vosburgh, H.K.

The Tinsmith's Helper And Pattern Book: With useful Rules, Diagrams & Tables

A clear, concise and practical handbook that will prove most valuable to anyone engaged in, or with an interest in tin smithing.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 6" x 9"   Pages: 120   Illustrations: 53 diagrams & patterns

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Ultimate Jeweler's Guide, The

Gollberg, Joanna

 Every important aspect of making metal jewelry is clearly covered for beginners and professionals alike, whether it's setting up a studio, buying materials, cereation designs, or mastering a range of metalwork techniques.

Format: Hardcover.    Dimentions: 8"x 9 1/2"    Pages: 144    Illustrations: 375

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Welding Complete

Home Improvement Group

Techniques, Project Plans & Instructions

The time has never been better to learn to how to weld. New tools and equipment are lower in price and easier to use. Growing interest in metalworking has made supplies easier to come by, with most larger building centers now stocking a variety of metals and even types of fuels. As interest in welding expands, the number of great plans and designs continues to grow. Packed with fresh designs and up-to-date information, this new book is your personal metalshop teacher. Inside you'll find everything you need to know to get started welding today.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8"x11"    Pages: 224    Illustrations: 370

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The Carriage Museum of America and Don Peloubet


Wooden Wheel Design & Construction

This fascinating book begins with an overview of the wheel making technologies of the time, followed by sections on the dishing of wheels, hubs, spokes, felloes and rims, tires, rubber tires, patent wheels, and wheel repair. It chronicles an industry being transformed, partly by a spate of a new patented designs, but chiefly by the advent of power machinery and the mechanization of the wheel making process. Valuable both to the general reader and to the practicing wheelwright.

Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 9" x 12"   Pages: 248   Illustrations: 360

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