The Dictionary Leatherworking Tools Circa 1700-1950 ( ISBN 1-879335-72-7 )
This 377 page book written by R. A. Salaman is rightly regarded as the definitive work of footwear and leather working tools. However, it is much more than that. Not only does the book describe a tool’s appearance, it explains what they are used for and in most cases there is a picture.Often there is also a further illustration showing the tool in use.
The word “tool” is interpreted very widely and included are a range of other items such as benches, clamps, stands and simpler machines still commonly used in smaller workshops. There are even two pages devoted to the construction and part names of a shoe, as well as many pages reproduced from various toolmakers catalogues and suppliers of things such as specialist nails and studs.
Although written from a British viewpoint, the author consulted and visited widely when doing his research. This has generated items and comments from elsewhere, in particular the USA.