Today I received a late Christmas present which had been ordered from Canada
by my daughter's boyfriend.
The present is TWO books, Volume 1 and 2 on the "Steel Square and it's
Uses". The books are copyrighted 1907. The first is 246 pages and the
second is 243 pages. Almost 500 pages on the simple steel square.
In case you are interested, the author was William Radford, editor-in-chief
of the "American Carpenter and Builder".
I live in Canada. Any chance you could send it back? A long time
back I had one called "The Carpenter's Square." A small book ,but
awesome, in the end detailing how to build a spiral staircase.
Tell your daughter to keep the boyfriend.
Cool set, I have the same set from 1904 with house plans in the back.
It's a good read and the illustrations are great. Everybody loves a
good book with pictures.
Modern times dictate that you must use a construction calculator and a
speed square. I know several local contractors who don't know how to
use a steel square. I have several other books on the steel square and
several examples of fine steel squares.
Tom in KY, if you have a nice steel square that you are not using, or a
book that you don't really want to read, e-mail me and I'll give you an
address where you can dispose of that particular piece of clutter. As
always, glad to be of service.
I've got one called "ABC of the Steel Square and its Uses" by Fred
Hodgson. Copyright 1908.
From the preface:
"Since writing up my first essay on the Steel Square in 1868 ..."
"... my larger works on the subject ... some 30 years ago ..."
(His larger works were 600 pages in two volumes.)
And talking of other books on the subject:
"... nearly all these books and papers contain have been built upon my
foundations ... without a word of credit being given to the original
Maybe the author of your volumes was one of the plagarizers (sp?) that
Fred was complaining about :-)
There were other books and papers written with the same illustrations
and different authors listed. Who is the listed publisher on the ABC's?
The two volume set was written by Fred T. Hodgsen. The publisher and
editor-in-chief was Radford.
Tom in KY, With credit going to The Radford Architectural Co.
Riverside Il. Chicago and New York. AND to the author Fred T. Hodgsen,
listed directly on the covers of my two volume set.
The original poster said of his set:
... the author was William Radford, editor-in-chief
of the "American Carpenter and Builder"
You say Radford was the publisher of your set. Busy little bee wasn't
The first page of my bookd says this about Radford:
"EDITED UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF WILLAM A. RADFORD
Editor in Chief ot the 'American Carpenter and Builder,' President of 'The
Radford Architectural Co.,' and the best authority in the country
of all things pertaining to the building trade"
Certainly not a shy guy was he? If you google him you will see his name
listed on various home building books.
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