There are many people who are reaching out in their own way during this current crisis caused by the spread of covid-19.
Lee Valley has made project resources available top keep your kids (and your spouse sane), while Bad-Axe Toolworks is another example of a great woodworking company that is reaching out with a very special covid-19 special and resources to download.
However, one of the big hearted gestures I wanted to highlight is Vic Tesolin’s offer to make a chapter of his book available to anyone who wanted to stay at home and beat the boredom. Join me as we talk a bit about his book, and what he’s up too.
This fascinating account from the early 1800’s was marketed as a book for young people seeking a trade, it’s clear it was written by a knowledgeable joiner who was able to put together an incredibly compelling narrative. With the inclusion by Lost Art Press of a range of supplementary material, this complete package is a really compelling book that will transport you to the start of your apprenticeship and help you finish your first projects!
In these episodes I had the absolute pleasure to discuss one of my favorite books, Country Furniture by Aldren Watson, with Rex Krueger – YouTube woodworking rockstar. We discussed all manner of woodworking related topics, but don’t worry at the end of the second episode there is my usual detailed review of the book. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording this.
Possibly the best book to come out in recent years about the topic, Christopher Schwarz’s book is a eclectic mix of investigative historical journalism, solid technical tips and comprehensive coverage. It shows it’s origins as a series of published articles but is written in a fantastic style that makes up for this shortcoming.
This is a great introductory text about handplanes, while not as comprehensive as the other two books I’ve reviewed on the subject – its less than 1/2 the price, and I would argue that its a great entry point to the subject.
A book that truly shines with the author’s love of the subject – I really enjoyed the anecdotes and history contained in the sidebars. I think this is one of the most comprehensive books about planes that i have read, and it kicks off a mini-series of reviews that covers three books dedicated to the subject.
If you’re intimidated by the price of new tools and are looking for a more frugal way to acquire tools, or if you just want to try your hand at making your own tools – this is a wonderful way to start.
Probably one of the most practical books you’ll ever acquire for your workshop. This simple, no-nonsense guide to appliances and shop fixtures is a fantastic asset for new and experienced hand tool woodworkers.