Preserving History: Jenkins Group Collaborates with The Carpenters’ Company to Reprint Historic Rule Book

In a world where digital reigns supreme, there’s something undeniably enchanting about holding a piece of history in your hands—a tangible link to the past that whispers secrets of bygone eras. The collaboration between Jenkins Group and The Carpenters’ Company to reprint and preserve a historic book exemplifies this sentiment, bringing to life a piece of architectural heritage for a new generation to cherish. 

The book in question is no ordinary tome; it’s a relic of 18th-century craftsmanship and ingenuity—the Rule Book. Originally published in 1786, this pocket-sized marvel served as a guide to construction prices and techniques in the bustling cityscape of early America. With its intricate copperplate engravings and meticulous tables denominated in pounds, shillings, and pence, the Rule Book was more than just a manual; it was a compendium of trade secrets guarded closely by the members of The Carpenters’ Company. 

Founded on the principle of establishing fair pricing and standards within the construction industry, The Carpenters’ Company held the Rule Book in high esteem. It was a testament to their commitment to excellence and a symbol of their collective expertise. So cherished was this volume that even luminaries like Thomas Jefferson, himself an architect of renown, were denied access unless they were members of the esteemed Company. 

Fast forward to the present day, and the Rule Book finds itself resurrected from the annals of history, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Jenkins Group and The Carpenters’ Company. With a mission to breathe new life into this relic of the past, Jenkins Group embarked on a journey to meticulously reproduce the book, ensuring that every detail, from the intricate engravings to the archaic currency denominations, remained faithful to the original. 

But this reprint isn’t merely a facsimile; it’s a celebration of craftsmanship and a nod to the enduring legacy of The Carpenters’ Company. To enhance the reader’s understanding of the historical significance of the Rule Book, esteemed historian Charles E. Peterson has contributed an insightful introduction, shedding light on its importance in shaping the architectural landscape of early America. 

Today, the Rule Book stands as more than just a piece of nostalgia—it’s a bridge between past and present, offering a glimpse into the craftsmanship and ingenuity of a bygone era. Whether it’s gracing the shelves of architectural enthusiasts or serving as a cherished memento for new members of The Carpenters’ Company, this reprint ensures that the legacy of the Rule Book lives on for generations to come.

Visit The Carpenters’ Company store to secure your own piece of history today.

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