- Good Instruction & Good Reference Review by GG44
I've been woodworking off and on for decades, but instruction came from watching (real life, not tv or video) and then as a hands-on self learner. I never had a "teacher" as such, so thought I would see what a more academic approach had to offer. Liked this book, the writing, the skill levels of the writers, the format, the pictures and the graphics. It's always good to be re-acquainted with what has been forgotten or needs to be re-learned, as well as learning new. It's a good instruction, as well as a good reference, book.
Published in '07, and I couldn't see that it had been updated since, it was myopic then as now about building tool sets economically from flea markets, auctions, and the like. When published Antiques Roadshow was then two years old, so shortly thereafter everyone was an expert on retail pricing, and certainly in old tools. As was evident at the time, they were being bought as collector's items, driving up the prices further, and put on coffee tables, even when the buyer didn't even know what they were. Dreaming of being able to collect olds tools at a bargain in '13 ranks with trying to find another Spindletop or the long lost Dusenberg -- not impossible but a goal in itself versus learning how to use the tools. Fortunately the time spent on the pursuit in the book is short.
Not sure what the protocol is on this site re Buy, Sell, Hold, but I would rank it as a good and worthwhile buy.
(Posted on 10/23/2013)