The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Woodworking Handtools, Instruments & Devices by Graham Blackburn- Paperback

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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Woodworking Handtools, Instruments & Devices (The Illustrated Workshop) by Graham Blackburn - Paperback

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Woodworking Handtools, Devices & Instruments is the first volume in Graham Blackburn’s paperback Illustrated Workshop series. It’s a comprehensive pictorial index of the woodworking handtools common in the Western civilization from eighteenth century to the present. Not only a fascinating record of trades and skills – from cabinetmakers to wheelwrights – in an age before powertools became the norm, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Woodworking Handtools is also a remarkable tribute to man’s technological ingenuity.

More than 600 tools are listed and described, both alphabetically and fully cross-referenced for easy access, from the adze, awl, bevel, and bit to the wrest, yardstick, and zig-zag rule, complete with explicit definitions, interesting etymologies, and fascinating historical information. This classic reference contains more then 570 of Blackburn’s trademark detailed line-drawings, accompanied by an expert’s authoritative text. Whether used a handy guide book to identify a tool and its use, or read simply for enjoyment, this book stands along in capturing the sophisticated beauty and inventiveness of woodworking handtools.

Book Description
As the first volume in The Illustrated Workshop series, the newly released paperback collection of Graham Blackburn’s iconic works, The Encyclopedia of Handtools, Instruments, & Devices is a comprehensive pictorial index of woodworking handtools used in woodworking trades from cabinetmaking to wheelwrights. More than 600 tools are listed and described, all fully cross-referenced, from adze, awl, and bevel to yardstick and zig-zag rule. This edition, first published in the hardcover Blackburn on Woodworking series, is the definitive edition for collectors and woodworkers who use and enjoy hand tools.

From the Back Cover
This book is a comprehensive pictorial index of those woodworking handtools common in the Western civilization from eighteenth century to the present. Not only a fascinating record of trades and skills from cabinetmakers to wheelwrights in an age before powertools became the norm, The Encyclopedia of Woodworking Handtools Instruments & Devices also emerges as a remarkable tribute to man s technological ingenuity. More than 600 tools are listed and described here, both alphabetically and fully cross-referenced for easy access, from the adze, awl, bevel, and bit to the wrest, yardstick, and zig-zag rule, complete with explicit definitions, many interesting etymologies, and much fascinating historical information. This classic reference contains more then 570 detailed line-drawings, accompanied by an expert s authoritative text. Whether uses a handy guide book to identify a tool and its use, or read simply for enjoyment, this book stands along in capturing for all time the sophisticated beauty and inventiveness of woodworking handtools."

About the Author
Graham Blackburn was born and educated in London, England, then lived for several years in Cologne and Madrid before moving to New York to continue 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 in California and New York, and lecturing/teaching at major craft and art schools and woodworking shows across the US, he has been a long-time columnist for "Popular Woodworking" and a contributing editor to "Fine Woodworking." He has also served as editor-in-chief of "Woodwork" magazine.

  • Series: The Illustrated Workshop (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Spring House Press; Revised edition (August 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940611024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940611020
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