The Model Shop was a special department at the Stanley Rule & Level Company where all new products and custom and special rule prototypes were created and tested for evaluation by management and customers. The Stanley Company has produced hundreds of these out-of-the-mainstream products which have now become sought-after collectibles.
Authors Phil Stanley and Scott Lynk have collaborated to document in this new book the nonstandard rules made by Stanley as they explored market needs and responded to customers’ inquiries, orders, and modifications. Included are the rules made by Stanley in the 1876–86 movement to convert to the metric system and both the custom and special rules and the stock rules currently in the inventory of the Stanley Model Shop.
Scott Lynk began collecting Stanley rules in the early 1980s and has written many articles on the subject for tool magazines. He wrote and published Stanley “Special” and Custom Rules in 2002. He lives in Vergennes, Vermont.
Philip Stanley has written four books on antique measuring instruments and patents, including A Sourcebook for Rule Collectors with Rule Concordance and Value Guide, Astragal, 2021. He has appeared on Antiques Roadshow as an appraiser and is a member of Early American Industries Association, the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association, the Oughtred Society, and Antique Tools and Trades in Connecticut. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.