Books & Publications

Tole Painting: Tips, Tools, Techniques for Learning the Craft

If you love tole and tole painting, you must have a copy of Pat Oxenford’s definitive book, Tole Painting, published by Stackpole Books and part of the Heritage Crafts Today series.

Tole is French for sheet iron, which originally referred to the heavy-gauge iron trays and metalware items produced and decorated in France during the 18th Century.

Pat has been tole painting for more than three decades. She is a juried member of the National Society of Decorative Painters and a Brazer Guild member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. She was selected as one of the top 200 craftsmen working in traditional forms by Early American Life magazine.

Whether you are a beginning or accomplished tole painter, or simply interested in traditional and antique toleware, Pat’s 168-page book is packed with helpful tips, tools, techniques and information.

It is lavishly illustrated with beautiful full color photographs of her work, classic examples of toleware. and step-by-step photos for guidance. Pat covers easy techniques for basic strokes to create designs on tin and includes helpful background on the tradition of the craft.

Tole Painting also includes information about tole supplies and resources; museums, historic sites and festivals; and a bibliography.

Price is $26.95 $15.00 + Pa sales tax. To order, please call 610.385.3431 or send an e-mail to Thanks for your interest!

Bride’s Boxes: How to make decorative containers for special occasions

  • Basic skills for making oval boxes with traditional decorative painting
  • Guidance on every step from an expert crafter
  • Full-color photos show the process
  • Projects included for developing skills
  • Gallery of original historic boxes for inspiration
  • 176 pages, 325 color photos

Price is $24.95 + Pa sales tax and shipping. Available October 2011.