Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

All the Planes, in Brief

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

All the Planes, in Brief

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All the Planes, in Brief A Field Guide to the Makers of American Wooden Planesby Thomas Elliott. Mendham, N.J.: Astragal Press, 2003. 288 pp., $24.95.

I recall that when I received my copy of Tom Elliott's revision of A Guide to the Makers of American Wooden Planes (fourth edition) in September 2001, I kidded him about it. I asked how it felt to be releasing a book which was already out of date. But, he was already ahead of me and proceeded to show me the outline for the next edition for which he was collecting names and information not contained in fourth edition.

Two years later, the next volume in the series, A Field Guide to the Makers of American Wooden Planes, contains over 550 new planemaker imprints, plus some corrections reported since the publishing of the fourth edition. This volume was designed to be easily carried in one's pocket at flea markets, parking lots, and floor shows. The 5,380 entries contain full-sized imprints, names, places, working dates, and a rating system. The Field Guide is not designed to replace the larger volume with its extensive biographical information, glossary, and bibliography. …

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