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

Jane and Mark Rees Honored with the 2001 J.D. Hatch Award

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

Jane and Mark Rees Honored with the 2001 J.D. Hatch Award

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The J.D. Hatch Award was established in 1994 by John D. Hatch to be awarded to those who have demonstrated excellence in the advancement of general knowledge of early American industries through scholarly writing in books or articles consistent with the aims of the Association. Elton Hall presented the Rees' with this award at the Lancaster Annual Meeting. His remarks follow.

As practicing architects involved in the restoration of historic buildings, Jane and Mark Rees developed an interest in traditional woodworking tools in the course of developing a thorough understanding of the buildings upon which they worked. That practical need led to extensive research, a diversification of their interests to all traditional hand tools, the collection thereof, and eventually the dealing therein. They became founder members of the Tool and Trades History Society (TATHS) in England in 1983 and joined the EAIA in 1985.

Their contributions to knowledge represented by their bibliography is impressive. Books include the revised 3rd edition of W. L Goodman's British Planemakers from 1700; Tools: A Guide for Collectors, the first British guide which is relevant to us because those tools were used extensively in this country and are the ancestors of much that has been made here; The Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton, an analysis of a remarkable survival which many of us saw at Williamsburg in 1994; and Christopher Gabriel and the Tool Trade in 18th Century London, a study that grew out of their research on the Seaton chest. …

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