Friday, September 25, 2009
Few books provide a more approachable or more attractive presentation of traditional American Craftsmen than Edwin Tunis’ Colonial Craftsman. Written in 1965, this classic has been republished in a large, soft cover format. The hundreds of beautiful drawings and line illustrations throughout the book are the feature that makes the book a stand out.If you have ever wondered about the tradesmen who made shoes, bound books, or worked metal prior to the Industrial Revolution this book can provide illumination. The tools, the buildings, and workers at work are all presented in the illustrations. The text provides discussion of the social, economic, and cultural roles of each line of work. Many obscure trades and methods are presented as well.