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  • #26124
    Florian
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    I spent a lot of time last winter watching the woodwright shop and found it very interesting. It wasn’t so much the technical aspects because they are usually not shown in close detail but much more all the history of woodworking and other heritage crafts not only in the US but also in scandinavia or central europe. I almost sound like someone trying to sell – not my intention šŸ˜‰

    On to the books. I bought the woodwright’s guide and I like it. Now to my question. The descriptions of the other books (shop/companion) actually sound more or less all pretty much the same, like “showing traditional tools and techniques and offering some plans on building etc”.

    Are they very similar or do they offer a lot that is not covered in the woodwright’s guide?

    Florian

    I enjoy working wood in Germany.

    #27391
    Jim Allen
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    Hi Florian,
    My daughter gave me several of the Woodwright books on my birthdays. I think that I like the Woodwright’s Apprentice the best. It has some interesting projects in it. I built several of the projects. Each was a big hit with everyone. There is some redundancy between a few of the books. I made a Shaving Horse from the first book (Woodwright’s Shop) which I use quite a bit. It looks really neat and works okay but I think the one that Brian Boggs designed is more functional if you need one. If you are looking for a projects book then the Apprentice would be good.
    I hope you find this helpful.
    –Jim

    Jim from the mythical State of Jefferson ā€“ Oregon side

    #27394
    Florian
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    Hey Jim,

    thanks! I like the books. The information is a lot more dense there than in the TV shows which are interesting too, but they do stimulate for some topics which the viewer has to deepen then on his own or with the accompanying books.

    I enjoy working wood in Germany.

    #27416
    Tim457
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    Which ones do you have Florian? I’ve also read the Woodright’s Guide and that seems to be more of a general overview while the others that I’ve seen seem to be more oriented towards providing details about projects from different season’s shows. So each of the books would be different enough to be worth it I would think.

    #27443
    Florian
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    Hi Tim,

    I do have the “guide” but had the chance to have a look in the other books and they are indeed different enough to add them to the collection.

    A shaving horse is on this year’s must-build-list.

    I enjoy working wood in Germany.

    #28585
    derek.eder
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    Amazon has bundled 3 of Roy’s books in an economical ebook package – although a little sloppily – out of nowhere comes 5 pages from tractor repair manual!

    I know the tractor stuff isn’t from Roy because his tractor has a tree growing through it! (true)

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