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Blog entry by Dan'um Style posted 03-18-2009 03:42 AM 1688 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anyone else collect the Fine woodworking design books ?

I personally have all 8.

My all time favorite is Design Book Three.

Bought Design Book Eight last week.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain



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Karson

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#1 posted 03-18-2009 04:19 AM

I’ve got one or two. They are great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 03-18-2009 06:00 AM

I have thought about collecting those. They seem like a good resource. Some of the designs seem timeless, but at the same time a lot of the designs seem really dated.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#3 posted 03-18-2009 06:36 AM

I only have 5 missing #3 of course but I’ll to find one if i can do anything close to your work Dan, but I have 1-9 Techniques but they don’t count in the design categorie.

Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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sandhill

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#4 posted 03-18-2009 06:39 AM

What! some book I don’t have any of? I have to google for it now.

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#5 posted 03-18-2009 06:47 AM

Looks like I might be missing something. I don’t have any.

The books I like are not woodworking books, but art books. By far the best is

http://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Ornament-Franz-Sales-Meyer/dp/0486203026

It has something for everyone, including furniture. 548 pages for about $12. You cant beat it.

Another real nice one:

http://www.amazon.com/Medieval-Ornament-Illustrations-Pictorial-Archive/dp/0486285782

I get a lot of inspiration from these two books.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 03-18-2009 09:52 PM

You prompted me to dig mine out & see what I need; numbers four, five and eight would be glady received! <g>

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 03-20-2009 09:34 PM

I bought all of mine on ebay except Design Book Eight. Best price for that one is Amazon.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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YorkshireStewart

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#8 posted 03-25-2009 07:59 PM

I just bought #4 and #8 from abebooks. They’re a series that can be re-visited again and again. Thanks for the nudge Dan.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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oldtimer

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#9 posted 03-25-2009 08:27 PM

I have #s 5,6 and 7 and have finally found a place where I can get #s 1 and 2 but haven’t found #s 3 or 4. The one’s I have are great to look at for inspiration.

-- Olldtimer, Washington

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YorkshireStewart

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#10 posted 03-30-2009 07:05 PM

My#8 arrived today and I have to say, that for me, it’s great disappointment. The format is very different from the first seven, and if I understood the introduction correctly, was originally published as a magazine “Fine Woodworking Furniture: 102 Contemporary Designs”.

So, it contains only 102 designs, and they’re all furniture, including 48 pages of tables, 36 of seating. Issue #2 contained something like 1000 examples! In #8, there are none of the wonderfully wacky sculptures, turnings, boxes and musical instruments that made the previous issues so fascinating. Oh, I’ve just seen two boxes. Some of the double page spreads contain only one picture with maybe 100 words and half a page of blank paper. Yes, there’s more text attached to each of the projects, but overall, it’s a very ‘thin’ book compared the old ‘uns. I think.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 03-30-2009 11:13 PM

I agree Stewart.
My thoughts the book was more about employing staff writers then woodworking items. Yes a disappointment … someone should fire whom ever was in-charge of making the book.

Woodworking is a visual hobby not a subject to read about in books.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 03-31-2009 08:04 AM

Wow! I was just thinking about those a few days ago! I had the first three prior to moving to Sweden, but had to let them go because of the cost of moving so much became a bit too spendy!

Though I haven’t really been doing the wood stuff much, I’ve always enjoyed the look and feel (and sometimes smell) of fine crafted wood projects. These books, along with frequent forays to the ‘Real Mother Goose’ shops in Portland, OR, where many NW woodworkers showcased their work as well, always stimulated me to ‘make’ things.

Now that I’m getting back in the sawdust, I think I’m going to have to repurchase these as well as adding a few more. Thanks for the memory boost Dan.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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