BLACKBURN BOOKS


TRADITIONAL WOODWORKING
HANDTOOLS

A Manual for the Woodworker — A Guide for the Enthusiast

Traditional Woodworking Handtools

Volume II of the definitive 3 volume set* on traditional woodworking by Graham Blackburn

  • original hardcover 1st edition
    large format 8-1/2" x 11"
  • 384 pages
  • over 400 illustrations
  • listed tool associations, dealers, and auctions
  • select bibliography
  • complete index
  • smythe-sewn binding for years of use, hard-bound in gold-stamped full cloth

$75.00 postpaid (in USA) — every copy autographed by the author

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* Vol. I : WOODWORKING HANDTOOLS ENCYCLOPEDIA
Vol. II : TRADITIONAL WOODWORKING HANDTOOLS
Vol. III : TRADITIONAL WOODWORKING TECHNIQUES



Traditional Woodworking Handtools describes all the major handtools that were used by cabinetmakers, furnituremakers, carpenters and numerous other woodworking trades in the centuries before the introduction of powertools and machinery. These are the tools that built the masterpieces we now know as Chippendale, Sheraton, Hepplewhite, Federal, and many other styles.

This brand new book by well-known woodworking author and illustrator Graham Blackburn, covers every aspect of choosing, rehabilitating, and getting the most out of traditional handtools for woodworking. In this age of machines, handtools remain the best way, and are often the only way, of creating beautiful details, perfect fit, and final finish. Handtools liberate the furnituremaker, builder, and general woodworker from the limited artistic vocabulary of machinery. With handtools, there are no technical limits.

Traditional Woodworking Handtools explains how to set up and use each tool, and puts the tool in the context of the complete woodworking process. Blackburn includes interesting historical information as well as telling anecdotes drawn from his forty-year career at the bench. Readers will come away with not only the knowledge they need to improve their own woodworking, but also a deeper appreciation of their craft and its role in the construction of civilization.

This copiously illustrated new book is thus both a guide for collectors and antique-tool enthusiasts as well as an essential manual for all woodworkers who would increase their vocabulary of woodworking techniques.

A step-by-step User's Manual
An essential Guide for every Enthusiast
An indispensable Reference for the Collector

"Blackburn brings to this book a wonderful combination of skills and interests that make it stand out from other current volumes on woodworking tools . . . you should have this one."
— Booklist, Early American Industries Association

"A detailed and fascinating examination of antique tools, offering solid opinions on the pros and cons of each tool."
— Fine Woodworking

"Blackburn passes my triple-A test: he is authoritative, accurate, and authentic. Readers can rely on the information in Traditional Woodworking Handtools."
— John Kelsey, former editor, Fine Woodworking

"A great book for the user collector . . . an excellent book for PAST tool dealers."
— Tool Talk, the official publication of PAST (Preserving Arts & Skills of the Trades)

"a historical guide to hand tools of previous centuries . . a reintroduction of these same tools into today's woodshop."
— Woodshop News

"The most comprehensive guide on the subject"
— The Fine Tool Journal

"Illustrated on every page with clear line-drawings in the style that has made Blackburn famous as one of woodworking's best-loved illustrators — a worthy successor to Eric Sloane."
— John Holbrook, Stuyvesant NY

 

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