A Manual for the Woodworker — A Guide for the Enthusiast
Volume II of the definitive 3 volume set* on traditional woodworking by Graham Blackburn
postpaid (in USA) — every copy autographed by the author
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.
step-by-step User's Manual
An essential Guide for every Enthusiast
An indispensable Reference for the Collector
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
detailed and fascinating examination of antique tools, offering solid opinions
on the pros and cons of each tool."
— Fine Woodworking
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
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)
historical guide to hand tools of previous centuries . . a reintroduction of
these same tools into today's woodshop."
— Woodshop News
most comprehensive guide on the subject"
— The Fine Tool Journal
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