bb315 Home Building and Woodworking in Colonial America
by C. Keith Wilbur
This illustrated sourcebook of seventeenth and eighteenth century construction reveals the expertise and foresight of Colonial builder who created structures that could withstand decades, even centuries, of wear and weather.
Learn here how colonists:
- Confirmed the straightness of trees before felling them
- Used a chalk line, broadax and adz to square a home’s main beams
- produced post and beam joints with a crosscut saw, square and chisel
- raised outer walls and rafters
- used a whipsaw to make clapboards
- designed a water supply system using “pump logs”
This meticulously researched volume traces every step in the construction of a pre-revolutionary home.
A select chronology of the wood working tools is included giving an intriguing history of the tools used.
Softbound / 120 Pages.