In my last post I talked about a few books that came to my mind immediately when I thought about my favourite woodworking titles. Last night I spent some time with my woodworking library and found some titles that definitely stand mentioning.
A buddy of mine Kieran Binnie commented on my Facebook post that one of his favourites is The Joiner and The Cabinetmaker saying "Great list, Vic. For me "Joiner & Cabinetmaker" is also essential hand tool reading as it sets up an eminently practical way to learn the core skills on real projects.".
I couldn't agree more with Kieran. In fact, I would say pretty much every thing put out by Lost Art Press is a must read in my books. (see what I did there?) Chris et al. do a fantastic job with their books. Saying that they are well researched would be an understatement and the physical quality of the books are second to none. As I went through my library I realized that I owned almost every title they have published and a bunch more that Chris has authored through Popular Woodworking.
I'm also a big fan of the series that Taunton Press has put out called "The Complete Illustrated Guide to". These books are great references to the hand and power tool woodworker. They also carry an incredible array of woodworking books from some of the worlds top woodworkers and furniture makers.
Suffice it to say that there is not a lack of printed word on the topic and I highly recommend hitting the library or book store and start reading. Bring these books to your bench and try the techniques. There really is no better way to learn than to make some shavings.
In order to understand, you must do. - V