Traditional Woodworking Handtools
A Manual for the Woodworker
Discover the joy of working with handtools.
For quality results and the joy of hands-on work, the leisurely and contemplative approach of using handtools is replacing the need for the speed, noise, and sense of detachment that often comes with using power tools. To that end, the second volume in Graham Blackburn’s Illustrated Workshop series, Traditional Woodworking Handtools covers every aspect of choosing, rehabilitating, and getting the most out of traditional handtools. It’s the ideal guide for creating beautiful details, perfect fit, and a final finish to any woodworking project and a reminder of why in this age of machines, handtools remain the best and—very often—the only way to go. With the help of Traditional Woodworking Handtools, there are no technical or artistic limits; they liberate the woodworker, maker, furniture builder, and carpenter from wrestling with the narrow capacity of power tools while elevating the satisfaction of engaging in woodworking.
Inside Traditional Woodworking Handtools, you’ll find over 400 original illustrations; clear descriptions of all the essential handtools needed for a workshop; detailed techniques for using and mastering each handtool from clamps and saws to planes, chisels, and drills; engaging anecdotes and fascinating historical information; and a full bibliography and helpful appendices.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Graham Blackburn was born and educated in London, England, before continuing his studies at the Juilliard School. While pursuing a career as a professional musician that saw him play in numerous bands, including Van Morrison’s, he built his own home—and several others—in Woodstock, NY. His first book, Illustrated Housebuilding, was published in 1974. Since then, in addition to operating a custom furnituremaking shop and lecturing at major craft and art schools and woodworking shows across the US, he was a long-time columnist for Popular Woodworking and a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking. He has also served as editor-in-chief of Woodwork.