|Review by ScottStewart||posted 01-06-2014 09:48 PM||3274 views||0 times favorited||25 comments|
I bought this book with really high hopes but was disappointed. I thought this book skewed heavily toward Norm rather than being close to the midpoint between Norm and Roy. Marc has some really good content in the early archives on his site, so I was hopeful about this book.
Marc is a professional and everything he does is done with an eye toward being profitable. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but his woodworking goals are different than the amateur’s. He prizes efficiency over enjoyment. I have a day job that I need to be efficient at. Being in the shop is it’s own reward, with a nice side effect that I am producing (hopefully) heirlooms.
There was no discussion of hand sawing technique (something that I thought would be in the book for sure). I also thought there would be a more prominent discussion on how to flatten the face of a board so it could be thicknessed using a planer (it’s there, but you have to look for it). There is no discussion of hand sawing tenons. I felt as if the project sections were very much glossed over and not enough detail given (my cynical suspicion is that it is done intentionally to drive traffic to his paid site).
The electronic version of this book is a PDF rather than an EPUB. As a practical matter I had to read it on my wife’s android rather than my Kindle.
There is a book out there wanting to be written about mostly hand tools with some power tools mixed in. This offering has missed. I hope there is enough space between this book and the Anarchist’s toolchest for a wonderful book to be written.
2 stars is a bit harsh, but I honestly don’t think this book is good enough to warrant a 3 star (average) evaluation.