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The Woodworker's Classic Library

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SKU# T3966

Toolemera Books publishes an exceptional range of period books on the arts and methods of hand-tool woodworking from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. With the company’s classic reprints, you get the expert information of period craftsman, without having to pay the high price for rare, original books. And with this special collection, we’re offering to you the very best of Toolemera’s books at a can’t-pass-it-up price – you pay just $119; the total retail value of these books? $247.  

You’ll get solid hand-tool information ranging from David Denning’s “The Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making” to William Fairham’s “Woodwork Joints” to Ira Griffith’s “Furniture Making: Advanced Projects in Woodwork” and more. This collection is, quite simply, the quickest and most affordable and to build your library of must-have hand-tool woodworking books. Bonus: Order now and also receive PDF copies of three classic reprints from the publisher of Popular Woodworking Magazine: “Elementary Turning,” “Exercises in Woodworking” and “Spons on Carpentry and Joinery.”

The collection includes:

The Teacher's Hand-Book Of Slojd

The Teacher's Hand-Book Of Slojd
by Otto Salomon (1891)

“Slojd” (now typically rendered in English as “sloyd”) is a method of teaching developed in the 19th-century by Otto Salomon to introduce children to handicraft, with the idea that knowing how to do things with their hands encouraged kids toward greater intelligence, industriousness and moral character. The approach, popular in the United States in the early 20th century, is enjoying a bit of a renaissance today not only for children, but for anyone who wants to develop hand-tool skills. And there’s no better place to turn than Salomon’s book. Not only can you study period hand tool techniques, but the series of sloyd exercises provide practical applications in skill-building.
RETAIL: $22.00

 

Wood Carving

Wood Carving: A Carefully Graduated Educational Course
by Joseph Phillips (1896)

Written by Joseph Phillips, a prominent carver and instructor in late 19th-century England, “Wood Carving” helps you master the craft through a series of practical lessons, each of which builds on the previous. No matter where are you are in your carving experience, you’ll find exercises to help you build your skills from a professional’s work that is grounded in the spirit of the 19th-century British Arts & Crafts movement.
RETAIL: $18.00

 

Furniture Making

Furniture Making: Advanced Projects in Woodwork
by Ira Griffith (1912)

If you like the clean, simple lines of Arts & Crafts furniture, you’ll find this book a real joy. “Furniture Making: Advanced Projects In Woodwork” features measured drawings for 51 classic Arts & Crafts designs, from a simple stool and plant stand to a Morris chair and an attractive writing table. The illustrations show basic measurements, then allow you to work out the particulars on your own. While the author assumes you have the skills to build these projects without any step-by-step instructions, you don’t need any complicated tools. All the projects can be built with a band saw (or, of course, a coping saw or bow saw), miter box and standard hand tools.
RETAIL: $20.00

 

The Art And Craft Of Cabinet-Making

The Art & Craft of Cabinet-Making
by David Denning (1891)

David Denning was a popular and highly regarded author of woodworking books and this was his most famous and widely quoted title. “The Art & Crafts of Cabinet-Making” takes you through all aspects of the craft: furniture styles, wood species, joinery techniques, tools, jigs, veneering and more. It was an essential title in the library of the late 19th- and early 20th-century woodworker, and today remains an essential source book of woodworking knowledge.
RETAIL: $22.00

 

Carpenty And Joinery For Amateurs

Carpenty And Joinery For Amateurs
by James Lukin (1879)

One of the most well-known woodworking and DIY authors of the 19th century, James Lukin wrote “Carpentry and Joinery for Amateurs” to help home woodworkers master hand tools and use them in the construction of basic furniture for the country house. Immediately popular upon publication in 1879, it remains a pleasure to read – plus it’s an excellent look at the tools and techniques, as well as the everyday furniture, of the period.
RETAIL: $19.00

 

Our Workshop

Our Workshop: Being a Practical Guide to the Amateur in the Art of Carpentry and Joinery
by Temple Thorold (1866)

“Our Workshop” is the earliest 19th-century book to introduce woodworking as an educational activity. It remains a must-read for anyone who has an interest in hand tools and the history of the manual arts. Fully illustrated with detailed engravings, Thorold’s book takes you through the creation of the workshop, and the purchase of hand tools and their use.
RETAIL: $20.00

 

Woodwork Joints: How They Are set Out, How Made And Where Used

Woodwork Joints: How They Are set Out, How Made And Where Used
by William Fairham (c1922)

This early title in “The Woodworker Series” (published by Evans Bros., London) includes 430 illustrations covering both major and minor woodworking joints. Plus, Fairham provides clear and concise instruction on how to make – and when to use – each. “Woodworking Joints” is an essential resource for learning and improving hand tool joinery; it’s a book that truly belongs in every woodworker’s library.
RETAIL: $22.00

 

Woodwork Tools And How To Use Them

Woodwork Tools And How To Use Them
by William Fairham, (c1922)

William Fairham, was a well-respected practicing woodworker and technical school instructor, and in this book, he shares his knowledge on hand tool use, from beginner to advanced. Published during the heyday of the Manual Arts period, “Woodwork Tools and How to Use Them” offers the practical knowledge you need to make the most of hand tools in your shop.
RETAIL: $22.00

 

Mechanick Exercises

Mechanick Exercises: Or The Doctrine Of Handy-Works
by Joseph Moxon (1703)

This landmark 17th-century English text on the building trades was written, printed and published as a serial by Joseph Moxon between 1683 & 1685, then collected into a book in 1703.
“Mechanick Exercises” is the first English language book on ‘joynery’ and other building trades –  smithing, house carpentry, turning, bricklaying and more. Illustrations show the tools of each trade and Moxon’s explanation for how each is used. While the section on joinery will be most useful to those interested in hand work, many of the other trades and tools overlap with woodworking. This edition includes a guide to reading the 17th-century text.
RETAIL: $25.00

 

Elementary Turning

Elementary Turning
eBook

Most books on turning are difficult to follow for the beginner and skip many of the basic steps necessary for a complete mastery of the foundation skills – not this one. This extraordinary little book was published in 1907 as a training book for shop class teachers. It contains 62 short lessons that walk you through every single turning operation, from securing the work in the lathe, cutting basic shapes all the way up to making curved mouldings and a piano stool. Each lesson builds on the previous one, and the instruction assumes absolutely no knowledge of turning beforehand. If you want to get started in turning, we highly recommend this classic but hard-to-find book – which is why we've brought it.
RETAIL: $17.99

 

Exercises in Woodworking (PDF)

Exercises in Woodworking (PDF)
eBook

“Exercises in Wood-Working” was written to educate college students in the craft and business of woodworking. Here, the original text is reprinted in its entirety, not only to help you discover late 19th-century practices in woodworking, but to help you make the most of traditional hand tools in the modern shop. As you work through a series of 39 exercises, you’ll discover how to set up your shop and identify the tools every well-stocked hand-tool shop needs – then learn how to use them. Plus, there are chapters on home building and repair of wooden fixtures, basic boat building, wood and traditional woodworking trades and more.
RETAIL: $17.99

 

Spons on Carpentry and Joinery

Spons on Carpentry and Joinery
eBook

As the craft of woodworking was about to be revolutionized – some would say ruined – by the rise of machine-based woodworking, the London publishing firm of E. & F. N. Spon published a remarkable and enormous book on how to make things. Called "Spons' Mechanics' Own Book," the 702-page book covered everything you needed to know about more than 30 crafts, from cabinetmaking to forging to bell-hanging. This book was unusual in that it was written by a team of dozens of experts from each field to ensure that the information was correct, timely and useful to the "mechanic" – an early term for a craftsman. We took 276 of the most useful pages from the 1910 edition on woodworking tasks and compiled them into this helpful and inexpensive modern form. Inside, you’ll find a massive dose of hand (and machine) woodworking knowledge, including how to design a proper tool chest, how to sharpen a saw, cut a wide variety of joints and even build doors for your house.
RETAIL: $21.99

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ISBN 13 9781440339127

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