|Review by Brice1||posted 12-26-2013 07:55 PM||2831 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Roger’s work – I would like to suggest that you take a brief minute and look at his projects. http://lumberjocks.com/RogerBean/projects . He has recently published a truly outstanding E-book entitled “Walnut Burl Fountain Pen Box” available for download at Andrew Crawford’s site http://www.smartboxmaker.com/ at about $16.35 with the exchange rate.
The book takes you through the development process for this wonderful little box from the beginning sketches and then proceeds through final finish. His casual but informative style of writing combined with great photographs has encouraged me to attempt some things that I previously would not have considered.
This book was not written for beginners, as it assumes that the reader already has some woodworking skills and access to basic shop equipment. It is written for those of us who have ever looked at a stunning project and thought, “I wonder how they did that”. His book details techniques and secrets learned through years of perfecting his craft, and by working directly with Andrew Crawford in Shropshire, England, arguably one of the most accomplished box makers of our time.
Roger is truly a very gifted artisan and I can recommend this book without reservation to anyone wanting to take his or her skills to an entirely new level. I found the book to be an invaluable resource for providing both inspiration and practical information. Lastly, it has given me the motivation to attempt some of the more challenging tasks by simply taking things one at a time and not being overwhelmed by the enormity of a given project.
-- Brice, Philadelphia