Product Reference: LAP-BOOK-WTG
By Christian Becksvoort
A little knowledge about trees goes a long way toward improving your woodworking.
You dont need a degree in dendrology to build a desk. But you do need intimate knowledge of how our raw material grows and more importantly how it responds to its environment after it has been cut and dried.
This knowledge allows you to tame the wood into the shapes that you have envisioned in your head. And it ensures that your furniture will endure the seasons and age with grace and aplomb.
The latest book from Lost Art Press: With the Grain: A Craftsmans Guide to Understanding Wood by Christian Becksvoort is the book about wood that Lost Art Press wished they had when they started woodworking.
It is, above all, succinct, easy to understand and perfectly suited for the furniture-maker. As important as what is in its 144 pages is what is not. Its not a detailed analysis of cell growth. It is not a heap of tables and equations for figuring truss loads in residential construction. It is decidedly not a scientists approach to the material.
Instead, With the Grain contains the facts you need to know at the timber store and in the workshop. It gives you enough science so you understand how trees grow. It explains the handful of formulas you have to know as a furniture-maker. And it gives you a hearty dose of specific information about North American species that will inspire you.
Youll learn to identify the trees around you from their silhouette, leaves and shoots. And youll learn about how these species work in the workshop both their advantages and pitfalls.
Becksvoort then takes you into a detailed discussion of how wood reacts to it environment the heart of the book. Youll learn how to calculate and accommodate wood movement with confidence and precision. And youll learn how to design furniture assemblies casework, drawers, doors and moulding so they will move with the seasons without cracking.
Theres also a chapter on how to manage a small forest or copse of trees how to care for them, encourage them to thrive and harvest them. Youll learn the basics of cutting, stacking and drying the wood, if you should ever have the privilege of harvesting your own timber.
The book is hardbound with a green cotton cover.