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Everyday Things

 

GARDEN

 

TOOLS

 

 

 

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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