Understanding how an object was used is essential to providing good interpretation of that object.

This Technical Leaflet explains how to use woodworking tools typically found in collections and their origins.

It specifically focuses on tools that have to be pushed by a woodworker. Tools examined are chisels, including tang-and-ferrule, tang-ferrule-and-flange, socketed, gouges, swan neck, planes, files, rasps, and saws.

Illustrations of the tools guide readers as they learn about use.

Technical Leaflet #119 (1979)