|Review by Sodabowski||posted 06-09-2011 01:12 PM||2196 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
- The Wood Whisperer Finishing: it ain't over till it's over
- Brand: The Wood Whisperer | Category: Books
I just received my copy of Marc Spagnuolo’s first book, along with the “Best Of 2009” Guild videos DVD.
As I can’t afford a subscription to the WW Guild, this was a good option for me to support him a little, plus I like tech/art books, and this is one of those: finishing is both a bit technical and absolutely has something to do with art.
So for a quick review: if you’re used to Mark’s videos, you’ll be into well-known territory, the book reads as you would watch a video (and of course that applies to the DVD too). As he states it, it’s not a cooking recipes book, but rather a DOs/DONTs on the most frequent mistakes we can do as amateur or beginner woodworkers.
I actually learned several very useful things from the book, and I would absolutely recommend it to an absolute novice woodworker (which I am not). It reads very easily (even for a non-american reader, which I am) and the videos on the DVD are what can be expected from a TWW video: way good.
Why only four stars then? Well, because there are a few cosmetic things that can be improved, and because I want to be honest: the book is good but several things can be enhanced form-wise, among which:
- quoting of an online resource without a footnote: quite disturbing to me, but maybe is it my scientific background and what I’m used to that makes me feel uncomfy when reading a printed video name without the actual URL being written on the footnotes of the very same page, as if it were a mere print of a website page.
- scattering of note blocks across both sides of the pages: hopefully it happened only once (page 10), but it absolutely dazzles the eyes to get shadowed blocks all over around the text.
- 300 lpi printing at the era of 2400+ lpi? dude, seriously, this looks like an old 90s book. Kick your editor in the butt for me, it’s a shame to produce a book on finishing with such gruesome printing and visible grayscale dots.
Anyway, contents-wise this is definately a winner, and I would recommend it or send it as a gift without any hesitation.
So keep the good work up Mark, and hey wait, where’s my autograph? èé
-- Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...