This detailed study of the John Green planemaking business is set against the background of 18th century York and is the result of twenty years of collecting and many years of detailed research. Planemaking in York was to flourish in the City, largely due to this entrepreneurial family. We have an insight to their lives, their joy and sadness.
Contents in brief;
PART I. 18th century York. Building works and the woodworking trades. Trading in York and travel. The first York planemakers. Apprenticeship rules and regulations. John Green senior and his family and his partnership in Coney Street. John Green junior and his progress with the business. His premises and apprentices. The rapid rise and success of the business, and its decline. Many original documents are reproduced.
PART II. The planes and planemaking. The turnover of the John Green business. Plane irons. Name stamps and dating of John Green planes. Categories of planes described and illustrated with specific reference to the progress of the design developments and improvements.
136pp illustrated in colour throughout. 210 x 264 mm. Soft cover.
"This fantastic book by Peter Young is a valuable contribution to the history of a craft and the people who made it." - The Woodworkers Institute