A Visual Exploration of Implements and Devices in the Workshop
by Theodore Gray, Nick Mann

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The international bestselling author of The Elements celebrates 118 individual categories of tools found in the home workshop—from crescent wrenches to miter saws, from levels to cordless drills—all exquisitely photographed in Nick Mann's inimitable style.

Tools is arguably Theodore Gray's most personal book yet. Hand tools and power tools have been a central part...
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Published By Black Dog & Leventhal

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 256

Publication Date 10/24/2023

ISBN 9780762498307

Dimensions 10.35 inches x 10.45 inches

“[A] readable feast that covers more than 180 different types and categories of tools commonly found in many workshops. The writing style is engaging and humorous, and gives common-sense advice interlaced with lessons the authors have learned…. The well-organized book includes clear and lush illustrations, plus personal stories. The table of contents, much like chemistry’s table of elements, could be called the periodical table of tools, an effective structure that makes looking up a specific tool fast and easy….A perfect and highly recommended reference book. It’s a remarkable refresher for those more experienced and handy with tools; newbies will likely find it to be an impressive introduction as well.”

— Library Journal, starred review

“Similar in format to a woodland field guide, each entry provides high-quality color photos by Nick Mann and concise, thoughtful, explanations of history, design, and function. Gray's attitude about tools is candid and frequently playful. . . . Although unquestionably authoritative, it does not take itself too seriously, and the author's droll humor will help even the most timid workshop novice get comfortable with tools."

— Booklist