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The Woodwright's Guide: Working Wood with Wedge and Edge
     

The Woodwright's Guide: Working Wood with Wedge and Edge

by Roy Underhill, Eleanor Underhill
 

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For thirty years, Roy Underhill's PBS program, The Woodwright's Shop, has brought classic hand-tool craftsmanship to viewers across America. Now, in his seventh book, Roy shows how to engage the mysteries of the splitting wedge and the cutting edge to shape wood from forest to furniture.

Beginning with the standing tree, each chapter of The Woodwright's

Overview

For thirty years, Roy Underhill's PBS program, The Woodwright's Shop, has brought classic hand-tool craftsmanship to viewers across America. Now, in his seventh book, Roy shows how to engage the mysteries of the splitting wedge and the cutting edge to shape wood from forest to furniture.

Beginning with the standing tree, each chapter of The Woodwright's Guide explores one of nine trades of woodcraft: faller, countryman and cleaver, hewer, log-builder, sawyer, carpenter, joiner, turner, and cabinetmaker. Each trade brings new tools and techniques; each trade uses a different character of material; but all are united by the grain in the wood and the enduring mastery of muscle and steel.

Hundreds of detailed drawings by Eleanor Underhill (Roy's daughter) illustrate the hand tools and processes for shaping and joining wood. A special concluding section contains detailed plans for making your own foot-powered lathes, workbenches, shaving horses, and taps and dies for wooden screws.

The Woodwright's Guide is informed by a lifetime of experience and study. A former master craftsman at Colonial Williamsburg, Roy has inspired millions to "just say no to power tools" through his continuing work as a historian, craftsman, activist, and teacher. In The Woodwright's Guide, he takes readers on a personal journey through a legacy of off-the-grid, self-reliant craftsmanship. It's a toolbox filled with insight and technique as well as wisdom and confidence for the artisan in all of us.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Following the loose theme of wedge use and blades, Underhill, popular author and star of the PBS series The Woodwright's Shop, meanders his way through historic tool use. From felling and processing trees to log construction and on to tool care and tool manufacture, there are no simplified projects and no step-by-step instructions. Black-and-white hand-drawn illustrations are scattered throughout the book. Odd and wonderful little tangents are peppered throughout as well (e.g., tricks with nails). Ideal for the experienced woodworker who wants to try a traditional direction with traditional tools, this is recommended for larger woodworking collections.


—Karen Ellis
From the Publisher
"The Woodwright's Guide captures the true glory and mystery of the material that built this country, from the first swing of the axe to the final shaving of a smoothing plane. Roy Underhill's impressive technical knowledge, respect for traditional methods, and amusing storytelling make this his finest effort to date. I devoured every word and enjoyed it immensely."
— Christopher Schwarz, editor of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine

"I own all of Underhill's books. . . . So it is no small thing when I say that Underhill's new book (his first in 12 years) is his best. . . . Unlike his previous books . . . The Woodwright's Guide is focused entirely on technique. . . . Underhill's other great strength is his ability to explain extremely complex ideas in a way that makes it feel like you've suddenly achieved Buddhist enlightenment."
—Christopher Schwarz, Woodworking Magazine Weblog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807859148
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/08/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
386,041
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
I own all of Underhill's books. . . . So it is no small thing when I say that Underhill's new book (his first in 12 years) is his best. . . . Unlike his previous books . . . The Woodwright's Guide is focused entirely on technique. . . . Underhill's other great strength is his ability to explain extremely complex ideas in a way that makes it feel like you've suddenly achieved Buddhist enlightenment.--Christopher Schwarz, Woodworking Magazine Weblog

The Woodwright's Guide captures the true glory and mystery of the material that built this country, from the first swing of the axe to the final shaving of a smoothing plane. Roy Underhill's impressive technical knowledge, respect for traditional methods, and amusing storytelling make this his finest effort to date. I devoured every word and enjoyed it immensely.--Christopher Schwarz, editor of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine

Meet the Author

Roy Underhill is host of the popular PBS show The Woodwright's Shop, now approaching its fourth decade of production. He is author of six previous books, including The Woodwright's Shop: A Practical Guide to Traditional Woodcraft and The Woodwright's Workbook: Further Explorations in Traditional Woodcraft (both from the University of North Carolina Press). He lives in North Carolina.

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