The Woodwright's Shop: A Practical Guide to Traditional Woodcraft

The Woodwright's Shop: A Practical Guide to Traditional Woodcraft

by Roy Underhill


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Roy Underhill brings to woodworking the intimate relationship with wood that craftsmen enjoyed in the days before power tools. Combining historical background, folklore, alternative technololgy, and humor, he provides both a source of general information and a detailed introduction to traditional woodworking. Beginning with a guide to trees and tools, The Woodwright's Shop includes chapters on gluts and mauls, shaving horses, rakes, chairs, weaving wood, hay forks, dough bowls, lathes, blacksmithing, dovetails, panel-frame construction, log houses, and timber-frame construction. More than 330 photographs illustrate the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807840825
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 10/01/1981
Edition description: 1
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 382,149
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

The longtime master housewright at Colonial Williamsburg, Roy Underhill is the leading authority on old-time woodworking techniques. He created The Woodwright's Shop for public television in 1979. The series, produced by the University of North Carolina Center for Public Television, has aired nationally since 1981, with thirteen new programs introduced each year. Roy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a master's degree from Duke University.

Table of Contents

Trees and Wood

Introduction to Woodworking Tools

Felling Trees

Making Gluts and Mauls

How to Make a Shaving Horse from a Single Log

Wooden Rakes

Making Stick Chairs

White-Oak Basketry and Chair-Seat Weaving

Steam-Bent Hay Forks

Hewing Poplar Dough Bowls

Lathes and Wood-Turning

Introduction to Blacksmithing for Tool-Making

Simple Dovetailing

Panel-Frame Construction

Log Houses

Timber-Frame Construction

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jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Underhill is a very good writer. He's descriptive, clear & concise whether he's describing a bark pattern or a how-to project. Yet, at the same time, he takes time to go beyond the necessities & provide tidbits that made me want to read beyond his books. Often these are historical (e.g. Thomas Jefferson's carpenter) or alternate methods to try. This book is a good reference for any carpenter, history buff or writer. For the carpenter today, with all the power tools, it shows methods that are still valid & often forgotten in the mass of machines & paint-by-number instructions. Historically, he's a gold mine. He helped rebuild Colonial Williamsburg & is well known for his attention to authenticity. Writers can learn how it was really done before the invention of electricity & what kind of trees & wood were available in an old growth forest. Most get it wrong.There are a number of projects outlined in this book, both practical & fun. It assumes you have some knowledge of woodworking, but not a lot of tools are needed.
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