|Review by shipwright||posted 06-05-2014 10:12 PM||3741 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
I’ve come to know Roger through this site and consider him a good friend although we’ve never actually met. More importantly here is that I consider him one of the finest box makers around. When someone of his caliber is willing to share what he has learned, I think it makes a lot of sense for most of us to listen up.
A while back Roger contacted me and sent me a draft of the new e-book to critique and perhaps to make a few suggestions from a different point of view. I spent a quite a bit of time going through it and thoroughly enjoyed myself in the doing. In the end, all I could suggest was that he publish it so that more people could have the experience. To me at least, there was simply nothing to improve.
This is a wonderful little how-to book, a pleasant casual read, and a great woodworking resource all rolled into one neat downloadable package. Roger’s informal style lets you feel like you’ve just dropped by his shop and he’s showing you what he’s been building lately. If you ever wanted to look over the shoulder of one of the really talented craftsmen at work, this is your chance.
While the book is not written for the complete novice, but rather aimed at the intermediate woodworker who is looking to tune up his game, there is virtually no one who will not find something here to make him a little better. There are all sorts of tips on techniques, dedicated jigs, thought processes, and material choices, all delivered in a comfortable “sitting down over a coffee” style.
My personal favorite part is the hand drawn plans, or more properly, detailed sketches that Roger adds to illustrate assemblies and techniques. Sketchup is a great tool but hand drawings are just so much nicer to see and friendlier to work from. That’s just my favorite. You should really download this book and you’ll soon find your own.
Here’s the link.
Disclaimer: Yes I am a “friend” of the author and would love to see this book become a great success, but I wouldn’t recommend it if I wasn’t sold on it’s value.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/