In the Craftsman Style: Building Furniture Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Tradition

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This comprehensive collection brings together the best of Fine Woodworking's articles on the Arts & Crafts style, one of the most enduring movements in American furniture design, with 150 color photos. It includes background on history and style, as well as a wide variety of appealing projects.

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Overview

This comprehensive collection brings together the best of Fine Woodworking's articles on the Arts & Crafts style, one of the most enduring movements in American furniture design, with 150 color photos. It includes background on history and style, as well as a wide variety of appealing projects.

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Arts and crafts furniture was originally created in the early 20th century as a backlash against increasing industrialization and mass production (although, ironically, this style became so popular that it was eventually mass-produced). It is characterized by strong, simple lines, exposed joinery, and a classic appearance, which helps to maintain its popularity today. With original pieces fetching huge prices at auction, making one's own arts and crafts furniture is a good option. In the Craftsman Style is a compilation of articles originally appearing in Taunton's excellent Fine Woodworking and Home Furniture magazines, a pedigree that speaks for itself. The articles are well written by experts in the field, and the text is profusely illustrated with photos and drawings. The first part of this book presents the history of the arts and crafts style, and the rest covers a variety of projects (tables, chairs, and cabinets) and stylistic details. Generally commissioned by wealthy clients, these projects are beautiful, but many of them are far too complex for the average crafter. Authentic Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects shows how to create projects that originally appeared in Popular Woodworking magazine. After a short historical section, a helpful chapter covers construction and finishing methods specific to this style (e.g., mortise and tenon joinery and ammonia fuming), giving many tips and techniques. The rest of this title covers projects from chairs to a cradle and even a wastebasket. The projects are beautiful, and the fine instructions and illustrations are clear and to the point. Both of these titles are excellent, but for the typical public library user, Authentic Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects has a definite edge. Its projects are more numerous and more varied, and its step-by-step instructions make it much more accessible to the average woodworker. Most public libraries will want this book, while only the largest collections or those with a specific interest need consider In the Craftsman Style.--Jonathan Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561583980
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: In the Style Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 667,561
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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Fine Woodworking has been publishing the best woodworking information for small shop woodworkers since 1975.

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