|While there are a lot of smaller tool collecting society's in the USA, all of which have something to offer along with a gas of a time, The Mid-West Tool Collector's Association is the largest national group devoted to old tools. There are a lot of reasons to join: access to old tools at swap meets, the Gristmill - a fine magazine devoted to tool collecting, the annual convention, the social aspects of collecting, and the reason why I am posting this blog today. |
Every year the Mid-West, which BTW has chapters located all over the country, not just in the mid-west, and is also known as M-WTCA, sends out a reprinted publication to all it's members. It varies from year to year but it's also something interesting.
This year it's "The Cabinet Maker's Guide" (fifth edition 1837) which I mentioned in a blog entry here. We were planning to reprint the book, but we were just too busy.
The best for me of course is that now I have a reprint take on the subway with me to read. Also out of the blue, looking at it, I finally realized why in a book called "The Cabinet Maker's Guide" there is nothing on woodworking. Because (duh) the actual building of the carcase of a bit of furniture was basic joinery, it's the fancy stuff that differentiates cabinetmaking. In the Joiner and Cabinet Maker (1839) after Thomas builds his dresser the author goes on to explain that the difference between Thomas's dresser and the work of a cabinetmaker was the addition of veneer, and fancy finishing. So in this guide all they talk about is finishing, gilding, fancy stuff, and basic marquetry, the latter of which would be done by specialists in a big city but a cabinetmaker everywhere else.
If you are already a member of the M-WTCA you should have gotten your copy in the mail. If you aren't I have no idea how you get get a copy but the first step might be joining. So click here and tell them Joel sent you.
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