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Forum topic by JerryinCreek posted 12-30-2013 12:52 AM 649 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JerryinCreek

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12-30-2013 12:52 AM

I have been searching (with little success) for a biography of a woodworker from the 1800’S. It could be a cabinetmaker or other woodworker tradesperson. I’d like to learn what it was like to be a worker, using the tools of their era, what they earned and how they did it. Does anybody have a suggestion?

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."


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#1 posted 12-30-2013 02:36 PM

This is not “exactly” what your looking for but may be of some interest to you. The book is called “The joiner and Cabinet maker” I have never read it but saw it on a woodwrights episode some years back.

I have googled every keyword I can think of I cant find anything to help you out, yet.

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 03:11 PM

I will take a look at that one. I understand the google search frustration, that’s why I turned to Lumberjocks! Tnx

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 03:21 PM

I’ll second Am Wood’s recommendation, it’s a good read with very good insight to an early cabinetshop’s general operation. Originally written for those who may be considering an apprenticeship in the trade, and that’s what makes it interesting.

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#4 posted 12-30-2013 03:22 PM

The Dominy family made clocks. I had this book at one time, it’s a great book but it’s not cheap. I don’t recall if they got down into the small details like weekly earnings and such. It’s at least worth trying to do an inter-library loan to get a look at it.

With Hammer in Hand: The Dominy Craftsmen of East Hampton, New York.

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 03:31 PM

Thank you all very much. This sounds like it’s what I’m looking for. I’ll definitely get my hands on this one.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 06:02 PM

I see some used ones (brown & green cloth cover) on Amazon for under $10 with and edition date of 1990 and then Chris Swartz’s red cover edition for about $70. I only need the story not the project drawings. Is the $10 version the same story as the Swartz edition?

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 10:02 PM

http://www.lostartpress.com/books_s/12.htm?searching=Y&sort=3&cat=12&show=10&page=3

Lots of options from the publisher, to include ebooks, that don’t come close to $70.

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#8 posted 12-30-2013 11:27 PM

Thanks Smitty!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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