Not Your Daddy’s Stanley

This is another image from the series that ran in Workbench magazine. In all, I think I shot some 39 different tools over the span of about two and a-half years. The Editor, Bob Hoffman, had contacts all over the country in the tool collectors realm. He would have the tools flown in for the shoots, sometimes accompanied by the owners. It was great fun for me, as I’m a tool junkie.  

This is probably one of the most, if not the most, expensive hand saws you’ve ever laid your eyes on. At the time of the shoot, it was valued in excess of $4,000.00 USD. No lie.

Only one of two known to exist at the time, it was hand made in the late 1700’s in the USA. It is a stair saw, used to cut the sides of the dado in a stair step. The waste would then be chiseled out. Note the adjustable blade for setting the dado depth, and the extraordinary detailing of the hand-grip.

As a reminder, the shots were designed with negative space for type to be placed into. They ran as full pages.

View larger image here.

Image ©1987 Johnny W. Brewer

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~ by Johnny on September 19, 2008.

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