(207) 442-7938   873 U.S. Route One, Woolwich, ME 04579   M-F 9am-4:30pm SA 9am-3pm

Hands Employed Aright

  • Sale
  • Regular price $82.00
Shipping calculated at checkout.


By Joshua A. Klein

Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847) was the first settled minister of the frontier
town of Blue Hill, Maine. Harvard-educated and handy with an axe, Fisher
spent his adult life building furniture for his community. Fortunately for
us, Fisher recorded every aspect of his life as a woodworker and minister
on the frontier.

In this book, author Joshua A. Klein, the founder of Mortise & Tenon Magazine, examines what might be the most complete record of the life of an early 19th-century American craftsman. Using Fisher’s papers, his tools and the surviving furniture, Klein paints a picture of a man of remarkable mechanical genius, seemingly boundless energy and the deepest devotion. It is a portrait that is at times both familiar and completely alien to a modern reader – and one that will likely change your view of furniture making in the early days of the United States.

“Hands Employed Aright” is printed in the United States. Its 288 pages are in full color and on heavy coated paper. The pages are sewn for durability, hardbound and covered in a full-color dust jacket.


Our Promise To You.

If it is for sale in our store -- it is because we use it and love it!

We are happy to share our experiences with these tools which may enhance your own. Given care, maintenance, and love, each of these fine tools is capable of lasting a lifetime. We do limit warranties to those offered by our supplying manufacturers. If ever you have a question or concern regarding any of the tools we sell, please let us know.

Online. On Campus. On The Job Site.

These tools, toys and supplies are in constant use by our students, timber framing crews, and family. At Shelter Tools, we have a working knowledge of every product we sell. Graduates will find particular items recommended in class and on site.


If you don't see the tools or items you need, we can find it for you. Write us or call us anytime.