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A great source of ideas

A great source of ideas

09-23-2017 02:20 PM by whope | 0 comments »

A few years ago I decided that I wanted to produce items with an Asian influence. To get more information and ideas, I browsed around Amazon and found this title. Seemed like it might be what I wanted. Indeed it is. It covers eight countries (and various regions) from India to Korea. Each chapter discusses general style of furniture and factors that contributed to that area’s style. Then there are many photos showcasing examples. There are also a couple pages on region wood and to...

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One of the most important period furniture books published in a long time!

One of the most important period furniture books published in a long time!

06-06-2017 02:53 PM by StumpyNubs | 15 comments »

Read the print review, or watch the video review- your choice! This book has been out quite a while, it was published in 2011. And ever since it has had a home in my woodworking library because it is, in my opinion, one of the most important books about classic furniture to be published in a long time. That’s because the southern style itself has always been grossly underrepresented in the pages of woodworking books. There are shelves full of volumes on the furniture styles of Philadelphia...

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Campaign Furniture by Christopher Schwarz

Campaign Furniture by Christopher Schwarz

04-03-2017 09:48 PM by WorkBenchInk | 4 comments »

Campaign Furniture By Christopher Schwarz. Illustrated. 332 pp. Lost Art Press LLC. $35 Camping, hiking, cycling, and even business travel. Rooted within the mind of the traveler is the urge to explore, to strive forward, equipped not only to survive, but to thrive. For me long distance bicycle touring exemplifies this concept. Pushing out on a week-long camping trip, my saddlebags packed with clothing, lightweight tent, folding camp stove, cooking gear, rain gear, repair kit and instant S...

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Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual

Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual

01-08-2017 12:13 AM by Druid | 13 comments »

I’ve just finished reading my new copy of the “Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual” by Chris Pye which I received as part of my Yule presents.Even though I have been carving for some time now, I found it well worth my time to read completely through from cover to cover, and I was pleased to glean quite a few tips and techniques that Chris shares. His explanations and photos make the information very understandable, and he includes good insights into his reasoning behin...

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Great book for ideas & inspiration

Great book for ideas & inspiration

04-11-2016 10:43 PM by Tooch | 2 comments »

I just picked up this book for $25 yesterday at my local Rockler, and I must say it will be worth every penny. Just leafing through the pages while I was still in the store gave me at least a dozen ideas for new additions I can make to my shop to keep it running smoother, safer, and more organized. The thing that really impressed me was how comprehensive the text is. Despite the fact that each idea is very raw, (not really detailing much about the builds), the illustrations are more than ...

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How to Make a Ball-Jointed Doll in Wood

How to Make a Ball-Jointed Doll in Wood

10-27-2015 06:43 PM by Donna Menke | 17 comments »

I am the author and a bit prejudiced, but I do think that this is an excellent source of material for how to make a doll in wood, and I am proud to offer it to all of you.At long last, my latest booklet, How to Make a Ball-Jointed Doll in Wood, is finished and available. After a year of trials and errors I have made a darn good set of plans and instructions for my 7” ball-jointed doll. The booklet is 48 pages long- more a mini-book than a booklet- and has 120 full-color step-by-step pho...

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The Marquetry Manual

The Marquetry Manual

04-24-2015 09:55 PM by Dennis Zongker | 11 comments »

This book was written by William A. Lincoln in 1989, which was 18 years after he wrote, “The Art and Practice of Marquetry.” This is also a very good book. I would like to say “WOW!” I wish I would have purchase this book when I very first started learning Marquetry. Instead of reading the book, “Marquetry” by Pierre Raymond which is also a great book but let’s face it, it’s not very easy to understand especially for a beginner. The Marquetry Manual has 272 pages that explain techniques...

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By Hand and Eye

By Hand and Eye

03-02-2015 01:27 PM by SirIrb | 48 comments »

I saw so much talk in the furniture forum for this book I had to get it. The book arrived Saturday and I immediately began reading it. I had heard that this was a book you have to read while in the shop working on layout. This is true. But because I have yet to get some dividers (hint: buy some dividers because they are the backbone of the whole theory of the book) I read it with a glass of brandy in my chair. I finished it Sunday and turned back to page one to begin again. Basic book geek...

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Wood Handbook: Wood As An Engineering Material

Wood Handbook: Wood As An Engineering Material

02-18-2015 04:33 PM by Leroy5 | 6 comments »

This free E-book is a must-read. http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fpl_gtr190.pdf

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Woodwork Visualized by Ross Cramlet - vintage book review

Woodwork Visualized by Ross Cramlet - vintage book review

12-10-2014 06:18 AM by Rick. | 2 comments »

Woodwork Visualized by Ross Cramlet is a book of illustrations detailing everything you should have, could have, or did, learn about woodworking in your high school industrial arts program. [TLDR version: fledgling woodworkers should get a copy of this book or read it online for free.] Ever wanted to predict which way a stick of lumber will warp? Curious why heartwood is more stable than sapwood? Cramlet crams much useful information about how trees grow, why and how lumber warps, how t...

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