Here is a collection of
books to help you learn more about the craft of woodworking. Whether
you want to learn joinery techniques, how to work with hand tools,
or properties of wood, a book is a great resource to learn from.
I will constantly be adding books to the list.
Garth Graves' clearly illustrated guide to doing
woodwork on your boat will take you, step-by-step, through weekend
projects like these: Building rails, coamings, ladders, hatches,
shelves; Bug-proofing your boat with a set of screens; Adding
shelves and cabinets; Replacing old, worn-out wooden parts.
Building a Birch bark Canoe: The Algonquin Wabanaki Tciman (by
David Gidmark, Denis Alsford)
In this groundbreaking book, David Gidmark reviews
the early history of bark canoes, providing readers with an overview
of construction methods and featuring the individual techniques
of four traditional 20th-century Algonquin craftsmen and their
assistants. Detailed descriptions of their step-by-step construction
methods are included, and the adoption of tools and methods from
non-Indian culture as shortcuts are noted (such as the use of
canvas and roofing tar, duct tape and C-clamps). A chapter on
paddle making in the native tradition completes the book.
Building a Birch bark Canoe: The Algonquin Wâbanäki
Tcîmân is one of the most significant studies of
Algonquin birch bark canoes and their construction. The author
is one of the few outsiders to have learned the ancient craft
of birch bark canoe making from the Algonquins, and in Building
a Birch bark Canoe, he not only shares this skill but invites
readers to appreciate the cultural significance of an elegant
and practical craft that might otherwise be lost to history.
The Good Woodcutter's Guide: Chain Saws, Woodlots, and Portable Sawmills (by
Greg Blanchard, a professional logger, says of Dave
Johnson's book, "I enjoyed the book immensely and was constantly
amazed to hear someone else describe a predicament which I all too
often find myself in. The information is accurate, realistic, and
practical." Chain saws can do in a weekend what used to take
a wood cutter an entire summer, but at the same time, used improperly
or carelessly, they are certainly one of the most dangerous of power
tools and can cause serious injury and even death.
Johnson provides a thorough and very readable overall
look at choosing a saw, chain brakes, spare parts, felling, managing
your woodlot, hard hats, safety equipment and guidelines, advice
on sharpening and maintenance, cutting and selling firewood, and
the pros and cons of portable sawmills in what is the most comprehensive
overview of wood cutting written in recent years. Not a dry, technical
manual, Johnson's accessible writing style is similar to Gene Logsdon's
well-known The Contrary Farmer. The author's expertise on the subject is reinforced
by the book's selection for special distribution by Bailey's, the nation's
leading mail-order supplier of gear for loggers and foresters.
Homebuilding and Woodworking in Colonial America (by C. Keith Wilbur)
This source covers the complete process of housebuilding
used from the late 1600s to the mid-1700s from New England to the South.
It is profusely illustrated, depicting the trees needed for each portion
of a house, the different styles constructed, the framework required
for each, and both interior and exterior treatments. Particularly fascinating
are the drawings of tools. A wealth of meticulous detail is present,
and the illustrations are finely drawn. A handprinted text complements