How to Make Your Own Woodcarving Tools from Nails, Hacksaw Blades and Umbrella Ribs celebrates the ingenuity and craftsmanship of handmade woodworking tools while also providing step-by-step instructions for recreating these tools at home. An avid collector of ancient woodworking tools and former instructor on woodcarving at New York University, Thousand Island Craft Museum, and the New School and Craft Students League, he shares how tools were made before the industrial revolution and how this craftsmanship has been lost by the advance of modern technology. Each step in the process is meticulously detailed including the equipment and supplies needed, how to temper steel and the formation of drill bits, texturing and carving tools, circle cutters, wood handles, adzes, and sharpening tools, along with an extensive photo gallery of centuries old wood carved works of art. His passion and expertise on the subject are evident in his belief that these tools created much of the beauty, usefulness, and ritual in our history. These books are offered as "new old stock" from Jack Van Deckter's original 1981 printing.