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Books on Green Woodworking


Shaving Horses, Lap Shaves, and Other Woodland Vices
Ref: CLP-SHLSWV

By Sean Hellman

This book contains over 400 colour photographs and illustrations to demonstrate all stages and processes of making, using, and celebrating these traditional wood-braking devices. It also provides plans and techniques that span instructions for beginners, to more complex designs, tool use and repair, and contemporary variations on traditional designs.

From a foreword written by Ben Law:

"Sean's book is without doubt, the most comprehensive collection of designs and plans of shaving horses for the green woodworker, to be published... Sean's writing is both evocative of his love of these shaving devices but honest to the reader as he openly relays his experience of using a particular design." 


Price: 16.95

Shaving Horses, Lap Shaves, and Other Woodland Vices

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Make a Folding Spoon
Ref: CLP-MaFS

By Jane Mickelborough

Make a Folding Spoon is a comprehensive 'how to' guide on carving your own wooden, folding, spoon. It includes plans to help you develop and design your own style as well as old spoons that you can learn from. Written and illustrated by Jane in a unique, comic book style.

"I am so pleased to introduce you to this wonderful book Make A Folding Spoon by Jane Mickleborough... Through years of dedicated practice Jane has not jus mastered the techniques of carving spoons but have spent many hundreds of hours researching this specific style of folding spoon found where she lives, in Brittany." - From a foreword by Barn The Spoon. 


Price: 10.95

Make a Folding Spoon

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Eric Rogers, MAKING TRADITIONAL ENGLISH WOODEN EATING SPOONS
Ref: 0952984903


Of all the materials used by our forefathers wood was undoubtedly the most common but is the least represented in museums today.

Churches and timber framed houses preserve some of the grander uses of wood but very few everyday artifacts survive.

Tens of thousands of wooden spoons must have been thrown onto the fire or out with the pig swill when broken but enough have survived to be able to reconstruct some of the types used in England in Medieval times. 


Price: 4.95

Eric Rogers, MAKING TRADITIONAL ENGLISH WOODEN EATING SPOONS



Mike Abbott, GOING WITH THE GRAIN
Ref: LWB954234553


In 1985, when Mike Abbott started running courses using the traditional tools and techniques of the Victorian chair-bodgers, many people said it was about time he moved into the 20th Century.

Following the success of his first two books Green Woodwork and Living Wood, Mike's third book shows that he has now moved happily and unashamedly straight into the 21st Century. With the help of over 600 colour photographs he guides you, step-by-step, through:

  • The tools and techniques needed for cleaving, shaping and assembling a chair.
  • Constructing a few simply homemade devices to aid the process.
  • Making 2 stools and 3 chairs, each with its own unique character.
Going with the Grain is not written for cabinet-makers (although they are welcome to read it too) - the techniques described in this book have as much in common with cabinet-making, as does a jacket potato with haute cuisine. It is written for anyone who shares Mike's passion for trees and wood and is interested in getting to know them better through the fulfilling process of turning a tree into their very own chair.

The structure of "Going with the Grain"

Going with the Grain falls into six sections:

  • Chapters 1-2 Background: a brief background to how this book came about;
  • Chapters 3-10 The bare necessities: the materials, techniques, tools and equipment needed;
  • Chapters 11-18 The wooden frame: construction of the frames for two stools and three chairs;
  • Chapter 19 Seating: a wide-ranging description of seating patterns and materials;
  • Chapter 20 Scrapbook: a collection of photos with ideas for taking your chair-making further;
  • Appendices Resources Lists with further reading and suppliers of tools and materials.
 


Price: 16.95

Mike Abbott, GOING WITH THE GRAIN

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Mike Abbott, LIVING WOOD. 4th edition
Ref: CHT0061


Subtitled From buying a woodland to making a chair. This is about producing woodwork from within a woodland rather than in a regular workshop. The reader is introduced to buying a woodland, managing it, setting up a workspace and an introduction to green woodworking. A chapter on tools and what to select and another on sharpening. There is a comprehensive chapter on making pole-lathes, shaving horses and other devices. The author then goes on to give instruction on using the lathe and the other devices to make chairs.

This latest edition includes an inspiring selection of photo's of Mike's latest workshop at Brookhouse Wood. 


Price: 16.95

Mike Abbott, LIVING WOOD. 4th edition

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