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"This book is well written and easy enough for the slower student and challenging enough for the advanced student."
"I supplied multiple options from this reviewer; see below about contacting him for permission to quote.RCA does an excellent job illustrating chapter material and procedures.The aspect I like most about RCA is that it never becomes too technical and wordy. Subjects are covered in a "need to know" as opposed to a "nice to know" manner.The figures are very appropriate and up to date. What is really nice is that they are accessible through the Image Library. In book format, the figures compliment the text, not over crowd it. The Procedures, like the Figures, compliment each chapter very well. They are very well illustrated, concisely worded and accurate. My students find the author's writing very easy to read and understand. His writing style is like being spoken to. His ordering of material content by chapter and within each chapter mirrors the actual construction process of a home. As I said before, the author makes a clear effort to include "need to know" information and leave out "nice to know" information. If you were to build a house on your own, his textbook would make a great step-by-step manual. I would guarantee that you would not miss a single step nor would you be taking any unnecessary steps. First and foremost, it is student friendly and it is teacher friendly. It is simply written, super organized, well illustrated and current. I find this book to be an excellent resource to prepare students for an entry-level position in carpentry."
"The table of contents does an excellent job of covering the basics for our program. This is one of the main reasons that we chose this book. Many of the carpentry books I reviewed are much too complicated or in depth where our students need a simple overview. Also, the order of topics is in what I would call "order of construction". This is the most logical order because that is the normal process of construction. From my own perspective and from the feedback that I receive from my students the figures are adequate, clear, and informative. Many of the students in our program learn best from hands-on or visual example so I greatly appreciate the many figures and illustrations included. [The Procedures are] yet another reason why we continue to use this book. I have not seen another textbook that offers this kind of illustration. Many books have an "activity" section at the end of each chapter with a description of a recommended procedure with no or very little illustration. Our students learn more with the Procedures used in this book. I like the author's approach and writing style. He is not too wordy keeping each paragraph fairly short and to the point. Each subtopic is highlighted with a different color to allow students to easily find them in review. Key words are in italics and also easily found. Figures referred to are usually on the same page as the reference. The references to procedures that apply to the subject matter are also in bold print at the end of said paragraphs. This book is far superior to any other carpentry textbook I have reviewed for use in our program."