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I’ve just finished a book that was bought as a birthday gift for me…
“The man who made things out of trees”.
The author, Robert Penn, is not an artisan himself, but appreciates and acknowledges craftsmanship.
He cuts down an Ash tree, has it milled and distributes the timber to various workmen all over the place to have things made.
From small items to larger bits of furniture.
In a few places he touches on the science of wood, the importance of understanding grain and other properties of wood.
He really “gets” craftsmanship.
It’s a delightful read, and I’m sure anyone who is a member of this very site will enjoy it.
It was first published in 2015 so I imagine it wont be too difficult to find.
And I’ll leave you all with that!
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I also got a couple of books for Crimbo, on boat joinery. Fascinating to see how people work trying to maximise usable space, work in to the compound curves of the hull, as well as some of the unique problems associated with designing for and working within very limited space.
-“Understanding Wood: a Craftsman’s Guide to Wood Technology”, by R Bruce Hoadley (2000, ISBN-13 978-1561583584)
Though the author is deadly scared of “being scientific”, he still manages to provide quite the insights to the properties of various kinds of woods stemming (sorry) from different tree species, with a focus on those found in North America. In addition, there are details on a lot of aspects in woodworking. Thus, there are chapters on humidity and dimensional changes, warping, and on glues.
I’ve had a lot of help in learning what the many terms used in woodworking actually stand for, in choosing wood, and what to look out for before working on it.
-“Illustrated Cabinet Making: How to Design and Construct Furniture that Works”, by Bill Hylton (2008, ISBN-13 978-1565233690)
By informing on joints (and their pecularities [e.g.: for half concealed mitred dovetails, it is advisable to start with the pins]), where they are useful, and what subassemblies are suitable for various types of furniture, this is the book I use the most.
There are drawings with associated technical terms, such as what characterises a twin mortice and tenon joint from a double one.
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