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!
Episode 10 & 11 – Rex Krueger and I discuss Country Furniture by Aldren Watson
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.
Episode 9 – The Village Carpenter by Walter Rose
A classic memoire of a village carpenter at the end of the nineteenth century in a English country village, Walter Rose’s book is a worthy addition to the hand tool woodworker’s library.
Episode 8 – Handplane Conclusion
In this, the last episode of the handplane book mini-series, I wrap up by giving a quick summary and comparison of the three best books I know on handplanes. Who will be the winner?
Episode 7 – Handplane Essentials by Christopher Schwarz
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.
Episode 6 – Getting Started with Handplanes by Scott Wynn
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.
Episode 5 -The Handplane Book by Garett Hack
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.
Episode 4 – Making Wood Tools by John Wilson
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.
Link to Uri Tuchman video that I mention in the show is here:
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Episode 3 -The Solution at Hand by Robert Wearing
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.
Episode 2 – The Perfect Edge by Ron Hock
This is my sharpening bible. Basically everything you need to know about sharpening in one book. With a whole bunch of other interesting stuff – like why wood cuts the way it does and the metallurgy of the steels we use in our tools.