Originally written in 1839, the story follows the journey of young Thomas as he completes his apprenticeship with a rural woodworking shop. Primarily written to provide a guide to young men considering the joinery or cabinetmaking trades, Chris and Joel have added a wealth of information to supplement the original text. An extensive introduction provides historical context, illustrating the practices and tools of the time. The original text is included, along with a chapter on Modern Tools which had been added in a later edition. Extensive footnotes in the original text clarify points for the modern reader. Lastly, Chris Schwarz builds each project himself, adding his own perspective to the construction process.
Lost Art Press, 2009. Hardcover, 373 pages.