Back to Basics Series
While the subtitle, ''Straight Talk for Today''s Woodworker'', for the ''Back to Basics'' series might imply that these books are designed for all woodworkers, they are, in my view, particularly relevant for novice woodworkers.
The authors rely largely on illustrations, and these are, in general, quite good. Almost every topic is accompanied by at least one illustration. The authors clearly have a good grasp of their respective subjects and know how to explain both simple and complex concepts clearly...these books contain a lot of reliable information that any novice woodworker will benefit from.
Woodworker's Guide to Wood
Overall I found this book covered the topic well. Topics include the anatomy of wood, properties of wood, how to select, store and prepare lumber, estimating wood movement, sheet stock, and a fairly lengthy section on working green wood. I would have liked to see more on techniques for dealing with wood movement, and the role of various finishes on wood movement.
At the back of the book is a wood directory that provides useful information on a range of commonly used timbers. The authors identify those timbers that are endangered. I would like to have seen those that are sustainable harvested identified as well. As woodworkers we have an obligation to refrain from using timbers that are rare or endangered, and where possible to use sustainably harvested woods. - ToolReviews.ca