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The Mechanic's Companion
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by Peter Nicholson

Peter Nicholson's "The Mechanic's Companion, Or, the Elements and Practice of Carpentry, Joinery, Bricklaying, Masonry, Slating, Plastering, Painting, Smithing, and Turning" is one of the classics, and among the most readable books on woodworking in the early 19th century. Yet, with the exception of the well-known workbench from Plate 12, it doesn't get as much attention as other early English technical books. That's a shame, because it's an invaluable and thorough treatment of techniques, with 40 plates that provide an excellent and detailed look at the tools of the time, along with a straightforward chapter on the geometry instruction necessary to the building trades.

Nicholson - unlike other technical writers of the time - was a trained cabinetmaker, who later became an architect, prolific author and teacher. So he writes (and writes well) with the authority of experience and clarity on all things carpentry and joinery. For the other trades covered, he relies on masters for solid information and relays it in easy-to-understand prose.

His book is an homage and update to Joseph Moxon's "Mechanick Exercises" (the first English-language book on the trades, published in book form in 1703). As Nicholson writes in his introduction:

"MORE than a century has elapsed since an in­genious and useful work on the Arts connected with Building was published under the title of Mechanical Exercises, by the celebrated Joseph Moxon: that it was both useful and popular the various editions testify, and at this time it is become scarce and rarely to he met with. It can be no disparagement to its ingenious author, to say that the progress of science, and the changes in matters of art have rendered the work obsolete and useless. It treated on Smithing, Joinery, Carpentry, Turning, Bricklaying, and Dialling.

"I have followed the excellent plan of Moxon and treated each art distinctly: I have first described the several tools belonging to each branch of business, next the methods of performing the various manual operations or exercises, to which they are applicable, these are further illustrated and explained by nume­rous plates: the descriptions are made as plain and familiar as possible; and there are few operations but will be found fully and clearly explained: finally to each is added an Index and extensive Glossary of terms used by workmen in each art, with references also to the plates: and it has been my endeavour that the description with its definition should be clear, and show the connection between the science and the art, thereby producing a pleasing and lasting effect upon the mind...."

This edition of "The Mechanic's Companion" is a scan of an 1845 book, in which Megan Fitzpatrick has cleaned up the foxing, and broken and filled-in type, checking and correcting every page as necessary for legibility. To make it still easier to read, Megan has increased the type size a bit (the original is awfully small), and corrected a few bindery mistakes where plates were misplaced.

The book is printed on acid-free paper, and the interior signatures are Smyth sewn for durability. The hard cover is wrapped in cotton cloth and stamped in foil. It is produced by Rude Mechanicals Press and printed entirely in the United States.

Carry it into the shop (or to the building site); jot notes in the margins and on the back of the plate pages; open it wide. It can take it. 


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Cut & Dried
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By Richard Jones

Serious woodworkers have long been starved of accurate information on wood technology that's explained in language for artisans - instead of for scientists.

Author Richard Jones has spent his entire life as a professional woodworker and has dedicated himself to researching the technical details of wood in great depth, this material being the woodworker's most important resource. The result is "Cut & Dried: A Woodworker's Guide to Timber Technology." In this book, Richard explores every aspect of the tree and its wood, from how it grows to how it is then cut, dried and delivered to your workshop.

Richard explores many of the things that can go right or wrong in the delicate process of felling trees, converting them into boards, and drying those boards ready to make fine furniture and other wooden structures. He helps you identify problems you might be having with your lumber and - when possible - the ways to fix the problem or avoid it in the future.

"Cut & Dried" is a massive text that covers the big picture (is forestry good?) and the tiniest details (what is that fungus attacking my stock?). And Richard offers precise descriptions throughout that demanding woodworkers need to know in order to do demanding work.

Some examples:
  • Where trees grow and how they are harvested makes an enormous difference to the quality of your stock. "Cut & Dried" explains many of the methods used in the U.S. and Europe to cut down trees and convert them into usable boards.
  • How that stock is dried determines whether it will end up in your furniture or in a fireplace. Drying defects can crop up at any stage and can ruin a board (or an entire tree). Learn to identify the problems, to test your theories and avoid bad timber.
  • We all know that wood moves. But a deep understanding of the process eludes many woodworkers - even professionals. It is a complex process, but can be easily understood by the furniture maker who makes the effort. Learn how your boards distort, why they distort and what exactly happens when boards take on or release water vapour.
  • Even if you have found the perfect board, it can be attacked by spores, fungi or pests. Learn to identify and prevent them from ruining your entire stock of lumber.
  • Wood has its limits. If you want to use the right piece of wood in an assembly, you need to understand how much stress it can take and from what direction. "Cut & Dried" explains it better than any source we've discovered.
  • The primary reason we decided to publish "Cut & Dried" is that Richard's book provides a complete picture of how wood works. If you are decidedly non-technical and hate math, you'll find what you need here. Richard explains how trees work in terms any woodworker can understand.

But for those woodworkers who want to understand "why" comprehensively, Richard has delved thoroughly into the science and math behind wood technology. You can go as deep as you like.

Representing years of research and a lifetime of working with wood, "Cut & Dried" is intended to become the definitive book on the subject for practising craftsmen.

"Cut & Dried: A Woodworker's Guide to Timber Technology" also required a significant investment by Lost Art Press to produce and print. Aside from their "deluxe" editions of A.J. Roubo's work, this has been their most expensive work to print. Here's why: At 336 pages, "Cut & Dried" measures 9" x 12" and the text is printed on heavy #80 matte coated paper for accurate colour. The book has heavy hardcover boards that are wrapped in a grey cotton cloth and stamped with a die from a hand-printed woodcut.

The pages are sewn and casebound for durability. Lost Art Press books survive babies, dogs and floods.

The entire package is wrapped with a #100 dust jacket that is coated with a supermatte laminate. This is a book that is designed to outlast us all and retain its brilliant colours.

Lost Art Press did all this for one simple reason: Richard put in an incredible number of years to create this work, including research and writing done at late hours after he finished his work as a furniture maker or teacher. Lost Art Press wanted the printed result to match his effort.


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Paul Adamson, Kuksa - A Guide to Hand Carved Wooden Cups
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Paul has been carving wooden cups or Kuksa for over ten years, and along the way has learnt what the problems are and overcome many of them.

After being asked many times how to make them, he thought he would a book to teach others how to make them.

This paperback book contains 78 pages with lots of full colour pictures to explain the styles and shapes, tools and equipment, knife grips, problem solving and of course not forgetting; how to make a Kuksa. 


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Slöjd in Wood
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by Jögge Sundqvist

We'd like you to visit the world of slöjd, a place where people make the things they need using simple tools and materials that are all around them.

Your guide on this journey is Jögge Sundqvist, who has been making things with his hands and little bits of steel since he was a boy. To join in, you need only a knife and a few other simple tools to make useful and beautiful objects.

"Slöjd in Wood" begins with making a butter knife – a useful object that requires just a knife, boiling water and paint to make it – that will begin to unlock the world of slöjd for you.

You will then learn to make bowls, a sheath for your knife, spoons, a place to hang your clothes, cutting boards and so many more things. In the end, you will look up into the branches of the trees around your home and see the things you need.

"Slöjd in Wood" is the first English translation of Jögge's classic Swedish book. It's a gorgeous peek into a work that is dominated by saturated colours, crisp bevels and handmade work.

In addition to introducing you to the pieces you can make for your home, Jögge shows you how to grip the knife to produce the cuts shown in the book safely and efficiently. And shows you how to replicate the deep colours on your pieces that are positively mesmerizing.

The Lost Art Press edition of this book has been two years in the making, involving translators on two continents, plus additional drawings and text that help explain the work to an audience that is unfamiliar with the concepts of slöjd.

They have sought to reproduce the Swedish edition of this book in every way possible, from the paper's opacity to the binding and the endsheets. In short, this is a high-quality book that is designed to last for generations.
 


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Ingenious Mechanicks
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by Christopher Schwarz

Workbenches with screw-driven vises are a fairly modern invention. For more than 2,000 years, woodworkers built complex and beautiful pieces of furniture using simpler benches that relied on pegs, wedges and the human body to grip the work.

While it's easy to dismiss these ancient benches as obsolete, they are - at most - misunderstood.

For the last three years, Christopher Schwarz has been building these ancient workbenches and putting them to work in his shop to build all manner of furniture. Absent any surviving ancient instruction manuals for these benches, Schwarz relied on hundreds of historical paintings of these benches for clues as to how they worked. Then he replicated the devices and techniques shown in the paintings to see how (or if) they worked.

This book is about this journey into the past and takes the reader from Pompeii, which features the oldest image of a Western bench, to a Roman fort in Germany to inspect the oldest surviving workbench and finally to his shop in Kentucky, where he recreated three historical workbenches and dozens of early jigs.

These early benches have many advantages:

1. They are less expensive to build
2. They can be built in a couple days
3. They require less material
4. You can sit down to use them
5. They take up less space than a modern bench and can even serve as seating in your house
6. In some cases they perform better than modern vises or shavehorses.

Even if you have no plans to build an early workbench, "Ingenious Mechanicks" is filled with newly rediscovered ideas you can put to work on your modern bench. You can make an incredibly versatile shaving station for your bench using four small pieces of wood. You can create a hard-gripping face vise with a notch and some softwood wedges. You can make the best planing stop ever with a stick of oak and some rusty nails.

If you'd like to read some more, take a couple of minutes to read through Kieran Binnie's review:

https://overthewireless.com/2018/06/24/ingenious-mechanicks/

"Ingenious Mechanics" is 8½" x 11", 160 pages and printed in full color on beautiful coated paper. The binding is sewn to last for generations. The pages are surrounded by heavy hardbound boards that are covered in cotton cloth. And the whole book is wrapped in a heavy matte-coated dust jacket. Like all Lost Art Press books, "Ingenious Mechanicks" is produced and printed entirely in the United States.
 


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Melanie Abrantes, CARVE
Ref: 28345


Norwegian Wood meets How to Tie a Tie in this irresistible gift for DIY enthusiasts. Using just a tool or two (a pocketknife and a gouge), readers will learn how to whittle 12 small objects, from a coffee spoon to a pair of dice, that take just a few hours to finishand in the process carve out a little peace and quiet for themselves. Carve is an accessible guide to a hobby made for unplugging and connecting with the outdoors. Beautiful lifestyle and how-to photographs inspire readers to carve simple projects that include a comb, catch-all tray, camping fork and knife, air plant hanger, pair of dice, and more. Woodworker Melanie Abrantes also includes information on choosing the right knife and wood and tips on personalizing and maintaining a finished piece with staining, burning, monogramming and more. 


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Carving the Acanthus Leaf
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By Mary May

Learning to carve the acanthus leaf is – for carvers – like a pianist learning a Chopin étude, a young oil painter studying the genius of Rembrandt or an aspiring furniture maker learning to cut dovetails by hand.

For carvers, especially those who focus on Classical Western ornament, there comes a time they will inevitably encounter the acanthus leaf, learn it, master it and finally incorporate it into their own designs.

“Carving the Acanthus Leaf” by Mary May is a deep exploration into this iconic leaf, which has been a cornerstone of Western ornamentation for thousands of years. May, a professional carver and instructor, starts her book at the beginning. She covers carving tools and sharpening with the efficiency of someone who has taught for years. Then she plunges the reader directly into the work.

It begins with a simple leaf that requires just a few tools. The book then progresses through 13 variations of leaves up to the highly ornate Renaissance and Rococo forms. Each lesson builds on the earlier ones as the complexity slowly increases.

One remarkable aspect of the book is how May has structured each chapter. Each chapter begins with a short discussion of how this particular leaf appears in architecture or the decorative arts, with photos May has taken from her travels around the world. Then you learn how to draw the leaf from scratch. Though you are provided with a full-size or scaled drawing of each leaf, May insists that drawing the leaf makes it easier to carve it. Each step of the drawing process is illustrated in detail.

As May explains how to carve the leaf, she augments each step with multiple photos and illustrations that show where and how each tool should move through the work. The result is that each leaf can have as many as 100 photos and illustrations of each step of the carving process.

In addition to the intense instruction, May also provides a short essay between every chapter that illustrates her journey from a young pumpkin carver to the world-renowned carver she is today. The overall effect is like apprenticing with a master carver, with both the demanding instruction and the personal experiences that make woodworking such a rich craft.

“Carving the Acanthus Leaf” is manufactured to survive many hours of use in the shop. The heavy paper is both glued and sewn so the book will lie flat on your benchtop without the pages coming loose. The pages are protected by cloth-covered hardboards and a tear-resistant dust jacket to protect its contents. This is a permanent book – produced and printed entirely in the United States.


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From Truths to Tools
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By Jim Tolpin and George Walker
Illustrated by Andrea Love

Good books give you a glimpse of small truths – about workbenches, joinery or sharpening, for example. Great books, on the other hand, stitch together seemingly disparate ideas to present a new way of looking at the whole world, from your marking awl, to your hand or to the line of the horizon.

“From Truths to Tools” is a hand-illustrated work that masquerades as a children’s book. There are funny drawings. There aren’t a lot of words. You can read the entire 208-page book in one sitting.

But “From Truths to Tools” somehow explains the craft, the entire physical world, our language and geometry in a way that makes you feel like the authors have revealed a huge secret to you. One that has been sitting in front of you your entire life.

The book begins with an explanation of a circle and a single point, and it then shows how those simple ideas can be used to create an entire set of layout tools – a try square, a straightedge, dividers etc. that allow you to build furniture.

Once you understand the language behind your tools, very complicated things become easy to understand. Compound joinery. Fitting odd mitres. Making curves that taper.

And once you get those ideas in your head, it’s a short hop to grasp how those same ideas can be applied to building anything of any shape imaginable – skyscrapers, boats, bridges. When you can calculate if a tree will hit you when you fell it in the forest, you’ll be able to calculate the circumference of the earth.

“From Truths to Tools” is the third book from the geometry-loving team of Jim Tolpin and George Walker. Their first book, “By Hand & Eye,” makes the case that simple whole-number ratios are the underpinning to the built world and our furniture. Their second book, “By Hound & Eye,” gives you the exercises that open your eyes to the way geometry and ratios govern our world. And the third, “From Truths to Tools,” shows how geometry creates our tools and, once understood, leads to a deeper grasp of the things we build, the world around us and even our language.
 


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