Lessons in Craftsmanship from a Master Woodworker

Furniture by Design

Learn to understand the design philosophy behind any given piece and you'll be able to design your own variation successfully and efficiently.

  • hardcover or quality paperback
  • large format 8-1/2in. x 11 in
  • 152 pages
  • 124 detailed line drawings
  • 8 pages full color
  • complete index

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Lessons in craftsmanship from a master craftsman

Furniture by Design is a different kind of project book for the woodworker - one that goes beyond traditional woodworking manuals to teach design concepts through a series of carefully selected projects.

This book is for the woodworker who is not content merely to build from preset plans, but who wants to understand how and why designs are originated. Each project exemplifies a different aspect of the various considerations that together determine a piece's finished shape. Gaining this understanding of the underlying design philosphy of any given piece will give the woodworker the freedom to build anything - with or without plans.

Furniture by Design presents a dozen different pieces of furniture, each illustrated with detailed line drawings, and each finished piece pictured in full color. Ranging from a simple chest to an ornately carved Gothic armchair this book is a self-teaching course in woodworking and design for amateurs and experienced woodworkers alike.

"Beginners and advanced woodworkers alike can benefit."
Fine Woodworking

"Wonderful projects that demystify the design process."
Gordon Bennet, Barlby Woodworkers