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Nancy R. Hiller, MAKING THINGS WORK: TALES FROM A CABINETMAKER'S LIFE
Ref: NH-MTW


Furniture making, once a basic way to earn a living through an arrangement between makers and clients, has been discovered, like a rosy-cheeked girl plucked from a dairy farm in Devon and made over into a London model

For many of us, making furniture and cabinetry is still a way to earn a living, however marginal. We may do what we love every day, to paraphrase the marketing pitch of a well-known American school, but as with most long-term love, ours deepens from the passion of new romance to the mature familiarity of marriage: sometimes tedious, occasionally exasperating, as much taskmaster as muse. Passion, after all, is equally about what we bear as what we embrace.

The day-to-day realities of those who make things for a living get scant attention compared to the potential satisfactions of craft as avocation. But they are every bit as important—especially for those actively considering exchanging the lecture hall, office, or surgery for a workbench and set of woodworking tools.

Honest, occasionally ribald, and wryly humorous throughout, this collection of tales drawn from over 30 experience in workshops in England and the United States is as thought provoking as it is entertaining. Hiller stumbles into furniture making after dropping out of Cambridge University, finds employment in one, then another English workshop, grapples with monotony, sexism, and self-doubt, attempts escape, and eventually makes peace with her vocation.

Nancy R. Hiller is a cabinetmaker who specialises in period furniture and built-ins for late-19th and early-20th century homes. She trained through the City & Guilds of London system and has worked in several shops in England and the United States over the past 35 years. Her work has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, Old-House Journal, American Bungalow, and other periodicals. She operates NR Hiller Design, Inc., a custom furniture and cabinetmaking business, in Bloomington Indiana and accepts commissions from clients across the United States.
 


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Nancy R. Hiller, MAKING THINGS WORK: TALES FROM A CABINETMAKER'S LIFE - With European Shipping
Ref: NH-MTW-EU


This is for a single copy of the book with standard AirMail included shipping to countries in the EU.

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Matthew Sheldon Bickford - MOULDINGS IN PRACTICE
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Words from Chris Schwarz of Lost Art Press

After years of publishing woodworking information, you often hear that there is nothing new in the craft. Everything has been done before, written before and fully figured out.

I used to believe that was true, until I read the manuscript that was to become “Mouldings in Practice” by Matthew Sheldon Bickford. This books explains how to make mouldings in a simple way that I have never ever encountered – either in print or from an instructor.

The book turns a set of complicated mouldings into a series of predictable rabbets and chamfers that guide your hollow and round planes to make anything – anything – that has been made in the past or that you can imagine for your future projects.

During the last several months, we had many proofreaders edit this book and the universal reaction was much like this:

“Well crap. Now I want to buy some of these stupid planes.”

During the past 14 months, Matt and I have been working to make “Mouldings in Practice” into a book that is accessible for even the beginning hand-tool woodworker. It uses more than 200 color illustrations and dozens of photos to explain how to lay out, prepare for and cut any moulding you can draw.

The first half of the book is focused on how to make the tools function, including the tools that help the hollow and round planes – such as the plow and the rabbet. Matt also covers snipes bills and side rounds so you know their role in making mouldings. Once you understand how rabbets and chamfers guide the rounds and chamfers, Matt shows you how to execute the mouldings for eight very sweet Connecticut River Valley period projects using photos and step-by-step illustrations and instruction.

The book has a full index by Suzanne Ellison (the saucy indexer for “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest”), plus appendices on fixing up old moulding planes, building a sticking board and how to capture moulding profiles in the wild.

This book is, by far, the most complex thing we have published here at Lost Art Press, thanks to the hundreds of illustrations, photographs and geometry involved. Like all our books, “Mouldings in Practice” has been produced entirely in the United States. It has color illustrations with black-and-white photos, and it is printed on #60 white uncoated and acid-free paper. The pages are Smythe sewn to last a long time. And the book is hardbound and covered with cotton. Old school.



Classic Hand Tools also have perfect copies of E.J. Warne’s hard to find book “Furniture Mouldings.” . The book is a collection of full-scale mouldings from historic furniture pieces. It is the perfect companion to “Mouldings in Practice.” (See below)
 


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E. J. Warne, FURNITURE MOULDINGS (1574 - 1820).
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Originally published in 1923, this book contains 140 plates of full-size English furniture mouldings from the late 16th to early 19th century. There are over 500 detailed mouldings of bedsteads, cabinets, a bureau, shelves, a secretaire, clothes presses, wardrobes, chests, chairs, lace boxes, chests of drawers, stools, settees, seats, tables, sideboards, a dresser, knife cases, mirror frames, tea chests (caddies) and clock cases. Plates are grouped according to types of furniture. A companion to Small & Woodbridge. 


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Robert Wearing, THE ESSENTIAL WOODWORKER
Ref: LAP-EW


Robert Wearing's hand-tool masterwork. This book contains every skill you need to get into hand-tool woodworking. And it is explained with a minimum of fuss, using accepted traditional practice and with the assistance of more than 500 beautiful hand-drawn illustrations.

“The Essential Woodworker” is one of the best books on hand-tool usage written in the post-Charles Hayward era. Wearing was classically trained in England as a woodworker and embraced both power and hand tools in his shop and in his teaching.

He begins with a table. As you read the chapter on building a table, Wearing connects the dots for the hand-tool user by showing how all the tools are used in concert to produce accurate work. It’s not just about sawing a tenon or planing an edge. Instead, it is about how to gather these skills and apply them to building furniture – tables, doors, carcases, dovetailed drawers, plinths etc.

The book is filled with more than 500 hand-drawn illustrations by Wearing that explain every operation in a hand-tool shop. His illustrations are properly drafted, drawn in perspective and masterfully clear.

"The Essential Woodworker" is printed in a 6" x 9" format, hardbound with a cloth cover, and produced entirely in the United States.  


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Robert Wearing, THE ESSENTIAL WOODWORKER

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Joiner & Cabinet Maker
Ref: BK-JACM01


"The Joiner and Cabinet Maker" has more than 370 pages of detailed handtool instruction, including many processes that have not been covered before in the early woodworking literature. In 1839. In that year, an English publisher issued a small book on woodworking that has – until now – escaped detection by scholars, historians and woodworkers.

Titled "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker," this short book was written by an anonymous tradesman and tells the fictional tale of Thomas, a lad of 13 or 14 who is apprenticed to a rural shop that builds everything from built-ins to more elaborate veneered casework. The book was written to guide young people who might be considering a life in the joinery or cabinetmaking trades, and every page is filled with surprises.

Unlike other woodworking books of the time, "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker" focuses on how apprentices can obtain the basic skills needed to work in a hand-tool shop. It begins with Thomas tending the fire to keep the hide glue warm, and it details how he learns stock preparation, many forms of joinery and casework construction. It ends with Thomas building a veneered mahogany chest of drawers that is French polished. However, this is not a book for children. It is a book for anyone exploring hand-tool woodworking.

Thanks to this book, we can stop guessing at how some operations were performed by hand and read first-hand how joints were cut and casework was assembled in one rural England shop.

Even more delightful is that Thomas builds three projects during the course of his journey in the book, and there is enough detail in the text and illustrations to re-create these three projects just as they were built in 1839.

Here's what you'll find in our expanded edition of this book:

• A historical snapshot of early 19th-century England. What England was like at the time this book was written, including the state of the labour force and woodworking technology. This dip into the historical record will expand your enjoyment of Thomas's tale.

• The complete text of "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker," unabridged and unaltered. We present every word of the 1839 original (plus a chapter on so-called "modern tools" added in a later edition), with footnotes from Moskowitz that will help you understand the significance of the story.

• Chapters on the construction of the three projects from "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker." Schwarz built all three projects – a Packing Box, a dovetailed Schoolbox and a Chest of Drawers – using hand tools. The construction chapters in this new edition of "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker" show the operations in the book, explain details on construction and discuss the hand-tool methods that have arisen since this book was originally published.

"The Joiner and Cabinet Maker" is hardbound, printed on quality paper and made entirely in the United States. 


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WOODWORKING BASICS
Ref: CAB-005


The book takes a classical approach to teaching woodworking, introducing fundamental tools and shop practice. It is a solid, systematic learning tool for the advanced beginner seeking to master the basics of woodworking craftsmanship. This is a book with a strong point of view. It is the basis of the two-week basic woodworking college class that the author currently runs at the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. It pushes the idea that learning basic skills is essential to craftsmanship. This is a valid teaching approach based on a long tradition of European apprenticeship (as espoused by Tage Frid, Alan Peters and James Krenov). There is good pedagogical precedent for the idea that learning it right (the techniques and the principles) is an essential foundation. One can always depart from it later, using shop aids and power tools to do a process more quickly or efficiently. 


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David Charlesworth's Furniture-Making Techniques
Ref: BOOK-13509


In this indispensable new guide to the basic principles of furniture making David Charlesworth reinforces his status as a dedicated commentator and teacher of the craft. This book is an ideal workshop accessory, with easy to follow instruction on the use of hand tools and how to build confidence and creativity with new, or maybe just rusty, techniques. Designed to encourage the complete beginner and challenge the student or keen amateur, all woodworkers will glean inspiration from the sound knowledge and advice within these pages. The book is suitable for all levels and abilities and includes tips & techniques on how to get the best from hand tools. 


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