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The Wooden Bowl
by Robin Wood with a foreword by Richard Raffan

Click here to buy this superb book - 24.95 If you have never had the pleasure of watching Robin create bowls on his foot-powered pole lathe, replicating the methods of our forebears which he has painstakingly researched, relearned and reconstructed, then this is an omission on your part which you should correct at the earliest opportunity.

The book is lavishly illustrated with excellent colour photographs, clear line art and excellent illustrations of classic works of art, iconography and previously unseen sources.  The dust jacket photograph itself almost justifies the price of the book!  The material in the book is logically split so that after covering the origins of the lathe itself (4000 years ago), the timbers used (alder being the most common for hundreds of years - see our timbers page!), stepping through the various historical periods in succession, a look at the last years of specialist bowl turners prior to the modern era, an overview of the creative method used to create a bowl on the pole lathe, the work is rounded off by a comprehensive section of credits, a bibliography - and a proper index.

This book should be considered essential reading for anyone with a passion for wooden objects, be that as a maker, user, student, collector or simply an admirer.  It is one of those books for which the word "definitive" is the only appropriate adjective.  Hence I shall use it: I believe this book to be the definitive work on the subject of The Wooden Bowl, its origins, its place in history, its creation and use.  It some ways it is a "learned" book, yet it remains immensely lively and readable.

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The Wooden Bowl by Robin Wood

24.95

Wonders in Wood

Wonders in Wood
46 Puzzles and Other Novelties to Make and Solve

by  Edwin M Wyatt

If you've ever been fascinated by wooden puzzles, then this is the book for you.  Reprinted from an original published fifty years ago, this little gem contains a wealth of ideas demonstrated through the forty-six puzzle projects described by the author.  This is not work for the faint-hearted as the standard of woodwork needed to get some of the intricate parts of these puzzles to fit is not exactly carpentry!  You will be amazed at what can be produced using only handtools, a bandsaw or a fretsaw.  And when you're finished you'll have gifts to amaze and delight family and friends.

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Price*: 7.95

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Japanese Woodworking Tools
Their Tradition, Spirit and Use

by  Toshio Odate

Many woodworkers have come to realise in recent years that the Japanese craftsman doesn't simply use tools, he has a relationship with them. Master craftsman Toshio Odate has written this unique guide to enable Western craftsmen to understand the ways in which Japanese tools are used and cared for.  Saws, chisels, planes, plane irons, waterstones and many more Japanese tools are now used by Western craftsmen and this book will help you get the best from all of them as well as putting them into historical context.  Rounded out by the author's reminiscences this book is a 'tool-junkies delight'.

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Price*: 18.95

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Japanese Woodworking Tools
Marketing & Promotion for Crafts

Marketing & Promotion for Crafts

by  Betty Norbury

As the wife of world-renowned carver, Ian Norbury, and proprietor of the White Kinght Gallery, Betty Norbury has first-hand knowledge of the trials and tribulations faced by a craftsman seeking to market his work.  However, Betty also brings to this book her expertise in craft marketing gained in running a craft gallery and annual exhibition through which woodwork of all types is presented to a very discerning public.  Add to this an intimate knowledge of the workings of publishing and it is easy to understand that this book is a truly practical guide to the marketing of craftwork.

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Fret Cut Relief Work
The Art & Craft of Painted Relief Sculpture

Fret Cut Relief Work

by  David Jones

This book introduces a whole new field of activity for owners of fretsaws (scroll saws in the USA).  Starting from the simplest of designs, the author shows the method of working to produce splendid fretcut relief sculptures.  A range of projects follows with full design information given as well as step by step instructions in both text and illustrations.  If you have the ambition to make unique craft products then this could be the book for you.

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Price*: 12.95

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Circular Work in Carpentry & Joinery by George Collings, revised by Karl Shumaker

A practical guide on circular work of double and single curvature.  This is a completely re-edited version of the 1911 original, annotated with numerous new drawings giving clear, easily understood explanations of the entire field of curved work.

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Treatise on Stairbuilding & Handrailing by W & A Mowatt

Originally published in 1900, Mowatt's book became the foremost text on the subject and has remained one of the most lucid, best illustrated and authoritative works.  It has accurate details of newelled stairs, geometrical stairs, stone stairs, etc. and all handrailing and restoration work.

Price*:  22.95

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Modern Practical Joinery by George Ellis

A classic text written in 1902 by an author of undisputed authority, with 27 chapters covering a vast scope of joinery practices.  Includes workshop practices, preparation of work and joints and much more.

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Modern Practical Stairbuilding & Handrailing by George Ellis

Out of print for sixty years, George Ellis' last great work is once again available, showing detailed work on stairbuilding and handrailing from one of the finest writers and teachers in his field.

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Carpenter's Metric Roofing Ready Reckoner & Steel Square Roofing Explained & Simplified by W.E. Grey

An ideal pocket book for the roofer.  Revised and combined in one volume, translated into the metric system with tables giving lengths and angles of rafters, hips and valleys, etc.

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100 Tips to Preventing & Fixing Woodworking Mistakes
by Alan & Gill Bridgewater

  Preventing and Fixing includes measuring errors, rejuvenating joints, stains and colour changes and selection of materials etc.

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100 Tips to Workshop Safety by Alan & Gill Bridgewater

Workshop Safety includes toxic materials, child-safe toys, workshop and tool safety and mush more.

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Making Early Stringed Instruments by Zach Taylor

Zach Taylor, former editor of 'Woodworker' magazine, is a noted craftsman and musician who has compiled for the first time this complete guide to the making of early stringed instruments.  The book contains complete dimensioned drawings, diagrams, construction notes, hints and tips, including advice on reading and understanding the drawings themselves.

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