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06-09-2010 02:46 PM

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I made it a recent “Challenge” to myself to try and read more. To up the ante I set the goal to at least one non fiction book a month (I’m a slow reader…lol).

My way of thinking is “If You Are What You Eat” then why would that not apply to your mind? I just wanted to drop a line to see what everyone else is reading. I would love to get some good recommendations on books relating to woodwork, maybe biographies of some outstanding craftsman or what not. You know… The good stuff that not only teaches but inspires. (I try to stay away from political stuff though…. That tends to get me very pissed off here lately…lol.)

Look forward to hearing some suggestions….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 06-09-2010 02:49 PM

Just finished reading Chris Schwarz book on workbenches. Not sure what to read next.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#2 posted 06-09-2010 03:24 PM

Not really reading any woodworking books right now, but rather working on Carl Sagan’s “Demon Haunted World”. Good book so far.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#3 posted 06-09-2010 04:08 PM

I browse the bargin books at Borders, Ive picked up 10-20 WoodWorking books by varius authors/publishers less than 10$ a piece….

-- Chris From Maryland, If it aint broke, You havent tried fixin it yet...

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#4 posted 06-09-2010 04:20 PM

Two of my favorites:



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#6 posted 06-09-2010 05:15 PM

Currently. RHCE study guide.

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#7 posted 06-09-2010 05:32 PM

Every woodworker absolutely must read Krenov’s “A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook” and “The Impractical Cabinetmaker” and Nakashima’s “The Soul of a Tree”.

(Mostly for inspiration/philosophical reasons.)

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#8 posted 06-09-2010 06:05 PM

It’s not woodworking, but I’m currently reading a non-fiction book called “Birthright”
It’s the true story of the kidnapping of an Irish aristocrat that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to write “Kidnapped”. It’s very well researched and written. A good book.

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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#9 posted 06-10-2010 12:33 AM

A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats” was an awesome read. You will walk away with a better understanding of the hobby and medium.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#10 posted 06-10-2010 01:19 AM

Finally getting around to reading Freakonomics. I’m enjoying it very much.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#11 posted 06-10-2010 01:32 AM

Reading the international building code. Anyone sharp stick!

-- Marc

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#12 posted 06-10-2010 01:33 AM

I just started “The Unbroken Chain”, Guenter Wendt’s memoir. He was the guy at NASA who got the astronauts suited up and strapped in. He passed away about a month ago.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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#13 posted 06-10-2010 01:52 AM

I read a lot of comics, I think I have read most all modern era Batman my favorite. The story lines are a lot more mature and intellectual than you might think. Ok suggestion. Carlos Hathcock The White Feather. Americas best sniper, Vietnam, Bio, fascinating read…

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#14 posted 06-10-2010 02:05 AM

After working all day on a computer… I am fortunate to be able to read lumberjocks posts!

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#15 posted 06-10-2010 02:14 AM

If you like history; read Bruce Catton’s trilogy: “The Coming Fury”, “Terrible Swift Sword”, and “Never Call Retreat”

This was his centenial series on the Civil War and is widely available at modest cost.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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