Old Ways of Working Wood: The Techniques and Tools of a Time Honored Craft

Old Ways of Working Wood The Techniques and Tools of a Time Honored Craft A revised edition of a classic guide to woodworking methods that have been refined and developed over thousands of years It teaches and preserves techniques and historical information that were lost w

  • Title: Old Ways of Working Wood: The Techniques and Tools of a Time Honored Craft
  • Author: Alex W. Bealer
  • ISBN: 9780785807100
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A revised edition of a classic guide to woodworking methods that have been refined and developed over thousands of years It teaches and preserves techniques and historical information that were lost when modern woodworking technology, dedicated to mass production, displaced the craftsman Every woodworking operation chopping, splitting, using the workbench, sawing, hewinA revised edition of a classic guide to woodworking methods that have been refined and developed over thousands of years It teaches and preserves techniques and historical information that were lost when modern woodworking technology, dedicated to mass production, displaced the craftsman Every woodworking operation chopping, splitting, using the workbench, sawing, hewing, boring, chiseling, shaping, planing, turning is described in detail There is also information on the role of various tools in the evolution of wood products, the types and characteristics of wood, the preparation and maintenance of tools, collective tools of antique value, and instruction on the subtleties of the craft, from rabbeting to molding The professional woodworker, the hobbyist, the collector, the antiques dealer, and the craft enthusiast will discover valuable information in this definitive work It is reference, guide, and history all in one volume.This book contains over 200 line drawings by the author to illustrate age old, yet fascinating, ways of working with wood With chapters that describe the ways to fell a tree, methods for splitting wood, and , along with a complete appendix and index, this is a great reference for anyone interested in the ways of wood working.

    One thought on “Old Ways of Working Wood: The Techniques and Tools of a Time Honored Craft”

    1. Smugly pretentious and rife with inaccuracy. Bealer writes like a Restoration-era plantation owner (though this book was written in 1980) and does research like a programmer writing outside his field (though he was an advertising executive)—and dispenses advice with commensurate confidence and accuracy.Almost inevitably given the subject matter, Bealer romanticises the past (and specifically 18th-century America) to the extent of drawing most woodworkers in his illustrations wearing powdered w [...]

    2. What will we do when all our power runs out? Well, this book is written by a chap who, in 1980 apparently had no power tools in his workshop.It's a handy book to have around - just in case. I like to read it anyway.

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