We probably don’t need to tell you that hand tools have made a remarkable comeback in the last decade or so. And while it’s been a pleasure to watch new generations discover the joys of the plane, saw, and chisel, there’s nothing quite like being able to visit a world where nobody had even heard of biscuit jointers or belt sanders — let alone CNC and CAD/CAM!
In the early 20th century, carpenters or furniture makers produced masterpieces using only their hands and sharp tools — and every one of those tools is included in the Stanley Catalogue No. 34, an exact replica of a 1914 Stanley Tools catalogue (with modern upgrades like sewn and glued signatures and strong, acid-free paper).
Included in the 144 pages of the Stanley Catalogue No. 34 is every tool Stanley made at the height of the modern handwork era, covering every aspect of crafting, from cutting and shaping to marking and layout. Of course, this isn’t just a dry collection of lists and prices; the illustrations and diagrams within are jaw-dropping even a century later. Many complex tools are shown in the “exploded” view, with every part labeled and clearly visible. Internal diagrams show gears turning inside hand braces and so much more!
The Stanley Catalogue No. 34 is practically a holy text for anyone interested in restoring — or identifying — vintage tools scooped up at flea markets and garage sales. Produced entirely in the United States by Lost Art Press, it’s a marvel to hold and to read. Shop a catalogue you’re likely to reference over and over at Garrett Wade today!You May Also Like