Author Michael J Hanley shares his excitement in finding a beautiful tool made in the 1700s - and then learning the maker of this tool was a Minuteman who fought in the opening battles of the American Revolution as it boiled over just outside Boston. This craftsman, Noah Pratt, built homes, furniture, and the tools needed in his daily work. As a common housewright, he has been lost to history for over 200 years, much like the shavings under his bench the last day he closed the door to his shop. The role he played in winning our freedom has never been told. While relating this woodworker's life and events of the time, the author explores what freedom meant to the patriots of the 1700s. He relates the history of those first battles of the Revolution around Boston that had an almost miraculous quality, using a storytelling form of narrative that is easy to read. The unusual fabric of the story is interwoven with the author's experience of freedom while riding his Harley-Davidson, enjoying nature out on the open road. Ultimately, the reader is challenged to think about celebrating freedom in their own daily experience.
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Michael J Hanley is the proprietor of Autumn Woods Studio and has pursued fine woodworking over the course of 35 years. His work includes designing and building timberframed homes, custom furniture, and home interiors. He teaches classes in his studio and travels nationally speaking on topics of fine woodworking. Through the course of his work he studies, collects, and uses antique tools on his bench. In many ways his own life and work have paralleled that of a housewright and joiner of the 1770s, leaving him in a unique position to relate the historical story he shares with us in the new book Motorcycles, Planes, & Revolution.
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Book Description Autumn Woods Studio, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition. 100 pages. 10.00x8.10x0.40 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0983173710