In The New Traditional Woodworker, you will learn how to set up a woodworking shop in which hand-powered tools will be your primary means for making furniture projects - just as they were for artisans up to the generation of our grandparents. Working wood by hand requires far less space and expense, makes almost no dust or noise, and incurs little danger. Your woodworking shop could be a spare room in your house. As Jim Tolpin guides you through the process of making a set of simple yet essential wooden layout tools and accessories for your workbench, you will learn the tool set, practice the skill set, and understand the mindset that you need to make furniture efficiently and enjoyably by hand. When you have completed these projects, you will have effectively completed a comprehensive course in hand-tool woodworking.
Over the last three decades, Jim Tolpin has been a professional woodworker building boats, timber-frame houses, and custom cabinets and furniture. He has also authored 12 books and countless articles about general woodworking, cabinetmaking and finish carpentry - and more recently about home design. In recent years he has transformed from production woodworker, to working wood with hand tools. Jim is one of the founders and faculty members of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.
Popular Woodworking Books, 2010. Softcover, 175 pages