8 Great Woodworking Books - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

Book Review: The holidays are a great time for giving and receiving. They are also the perfect time for reading woodworking books. Here's my selection of great reads to put on your wish list. 

8 Great Woodworking Books

8 Great Woodworking Books



Lead photo by Dreamstime; Book photos by publishers

Advanced Veneering
Scott Grove
Schiffer Publishing
schifferbooks.com
ISBN 9780764338465
This is, as the title states, a book that details some incred­ibly advanced veneering techniques. If you have a solid foundation in basic veneering, and want to see what else can be done with this wonderful medium, this book will have you laying out veneer in ways you’ve never previously dreamt of. It will also have you asking yourself what else is possible. The extremely detailed step-by-step photos keep you visually onside with what Grove is doing, as words (as clear and concise as they are) are not enough.


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Great Book of Woodworking Tips
American Woodworker
Fox Chapel Publishing
foxchapelpublishing.com
ISBN 9781565235960
When this book showed up at my studio I was very sceptical. Yet another “book of every­thing”? But after spending only five minutes skimming through it, I learned about a couple of storage ideas my shop needed, some cool new jigs that would come in handy and a few tricks to make my time in the shop more enjoyable and productive. There will be hundreds of ideas in here you will have no interest in whatsoever, but that’s all right … there are over 650 ideas in total, so some are sure to tickle your fancy.
 

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Tree Craft
Chris Lubkemann
Fox Chapel Publishing
foxchapelpublishing.com
ISBN 9781565234550
If you’re looking for fresh, simple proj­ects that have a rustic touch to them, this is the book for you. Lubkemann has a way of finding a project in just about every part of a tree; from candle-holders, photo frames and salt shakers to coat trees, lamps and a checkers set, there are projects big and small. Whether you’re looking for some gift ideas or you want the odd project to keep you busy over the winter, I’m sure you will find something here.
 

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Furniture with Soul
David Savage
Kodansha International
kodansha-intl.com
ISBN 9784770031211
Furniture with Soul sheds light on some of the worlds most re­spected and revered makers of fine furni­ture. Going into their shops and learning how they got into the craft, what they most enjoy about it, and hearing some funny stories along they way is what this book is all about. It’s not a how-to in any way, unless you’re talking about how these selected group of makers made a living creating exquisite works of art. Beautiful photos of creative and challenging piec­es of furniture are included throughout. My favourite book from the last year.
 

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Japanese Woodworking Tools
Toshio Odate
Linden Publishing
lindenpub.com
ISBN 9780941936460
Being a lover of Japanese design and tools, I’m embarrassed to say I only picked this book up in the last year. I was anticipating a straightforward, almost encyclopaedic, approach documenting the history and use of most Japanese woodworking tools. I got that, but also so much more. The stories Odate tells of his youth and apprenticeship are truly jaw-dropping, and reveal as much about working wood in Japan as what life in a fascinating and secluded Pacific country was like when he was young. I was five minutes into this book, and I guess I had an astonished look on my face, when my wife politely asked how I was enjoying the book. I looked up in bewilderment, paused for about five seconds, and said “It would take me an hour to explain what I’ve learned in the last five minutes,” and went on reading. Even though this book has been around for decades, it’s worth reading today.
 

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Creative Woodcarving for Beginners
Budeker, Hille, Mazrek, Pries & Selke
Lark Publishing
larkcrafts.com
ISBN 9781600595868
This book was put together to introduce people to the world of carving, and I think it does a great job. Starting with tool selection, sharpening and other important, but often overlooked as­pects of the craft, it moves on to discuss chip, relief and sculptural carving. With a chapter on surface decoration as well as a section of scaled patterns to get you started, this book has a bit of everything. And even if you’re not interested in traditional carving projects, the skills learned in this book will introduce you to techniques that can be used to add texture to your next furni­ture project.
 

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Classic Joints with Power Tools
Yeung Chan
Lark Books
larkbooks.com
ISBN 9781579902790
Chan’s desire for strong, lasting, easily repeated joints using power tools makes for a fun and educational read. He also has a strong interest in traditional Chinese furniture, and shows how some of those joints can be cut with power tools. This book will not only teach you how to ma­chine about 100 useful joints, but will also open your eyes to using new, fun to make joints in upcoming projects. Chan assumes readers know how to use their machinery and power tools, so he focuses on the procedures required to produce the included joints.
 

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New Masters of Woodturning
Terry Martin & Kevin Wallace
Fox Chapel Publishing
foxchapelpublishing.com
ISBN 9781565233348
This is a beautiful and inspiring book for anyone who wants to broaden their horizons when it comes to turning.  Not a how-to book, it talks with over 30 world-renowned turners about their approach to the craft, and what keeps them motivated to push the boundaries and create exquisite pieces of art.  You will learn more about the makers’ vision than how they produced their stunning works of art.  I read every word of this book and studied every single photograph, and was completely enthralled the entire time.  And I’m not even a turner!  This book is for anyone serious about turning, or woodworking in general. 


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New Masters of Woodturning – Martin and Wallace talk to some of the world’s best makers and see what keeps them inspired.







ROB BROWN
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rbrown@canadianwoodworking.com
Rob suggests circling a few books and leaving the page open for your family to see.  Unless you really do want more socks for Christmas.