Showing posts with label Paul N. Hasluck. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paul N. Hasluck. Show all posts

Monday, February 19, 2018

The "Father" of the "Do-It-Yourself" Category

Paul Nooncree Hasluck (1854 - 1931) has been called a pioneer of the diy movement, I would go so far as to call him the father of the category. He has authored books on the subject as early as 1878 and his numbers are unrivaled. He has authored or edited well over 100 titles. If you do a search, no one seems to be able to nail down a firm number. His subject matter covers a very wide and diverse swath of diy topics woodworking, metalworking, smithing, glass work, leather work, tin work and on and on. He even wrote a book on building your own coffin, if thats what you need lol, wow.

Most, but not all of his books are available for free around the web. The Internet Archive lists 84, some are multiple uploads of the same title,  The Librum Online Library has a huge number of titles though not all free and there are many other sites around the web, such as Google Books, that have his books available.

In addition many modern publishers have reprinted many of his books and they are available on line and in bookstores. Lindsay Publications and 10 Speed Press are 2 of the reprinters among others.

By far, for me, the best experience is finding the originals in used book stores. I only have a dozen of his books in paper most original and a few reprints.

Below is a picture of  an original 5 volume set of "Cassell's Cyclopaedia Of Mechanics" edited by Paul Hasluck and two reprints "Metal Working" reprinted by Lindsay Publications and "The Handyman's Book" By 10 Speed Press.

Volume 1 of the 5 Vol. set. Excellent shape considering it was published in 1903.

Lindsay's beautiful hard cover reprint of "Metal Working"