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Everyday Things GARDEN TOOLS

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Everyday Things








By Suzanne Slesin, Guillaume Pellerin,


Stafford Cliff, Daniel Rozensztroch, and Alix De Dives


Photographs by Bernard Touillon








The second volume in Abbeville’s critically acclaimed


series EVERYDAY THINGS unearths the fascinating


story behind the basic yet inventively crafted implements


that have enabled the human race to cultivate nature’s


bounty and beauty. Garden tools are inseparable from


gardens, and yet, while the history of gardens has been


exhaustively explored, the story of garden tools has been


 virtually ignored—until now. As authors Susanne Slesin


and Guillaume Pellerin reveal in this lushly designed and


nostalgia-filled volume, embedded in these familiar, every-


day tools is a rich history that documents the tastes and


passions of gardeners through the ages.




Iiiustrated with hundreds of full-color photographs of gar-


den tools, as well as with vintage lithographs,engravings,


posters, ads, and even decorative plates depicting garden


implements, the bok follows the gardening cycle, from


“Preparing the Earth” to “Harvesting,” and each chapter


features the traditional tools used in that phase of garden-


ing. The “Sowing’ chapter offers a host of knives, grafters,


pincers, saws, scythes, hatchets, billhooks, and a mind-


boggling variety of prunners.




Today, vintage garden tools are being rediscovered and


appreciated anew as much for their ingeniousness as for


their sculptural and timeless form. GARDEN TOOLS


casts these humble objects in a whole new light, and any-


one who loves to dig a spade into the earth or prune a


rosebush will find the book irresistibly compelling.


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