By Walter Rose
The perennial classic of the life and work of a Victorian master carpenter.
First published in 1937, this much-loved classic is a fascinating look at a time before power tools and mass-produced furniture, when rural communities depended on the village carpenter to produce useful, functional, and beautiful objects.
In Victorian England, Walter Rose was a master carpenter like his father and grandfather before him, making everything from farm tools to windmills to coffins, with nothing more than hand tools and old-fashioned craftsmanship. Writing in the twentieth century about a world that had already long disappeared, Rose provides a complete description of the working conditions and typical tasks of a nineteeth-century woodworker.
More than merely a personal memoir, The Village Carpenter is a beautiful and deeply personal spiritual account of what Rose calls "the soul of wood craftsmanship.
Linden Publishing, 1937, Softcover, 146 pages, Printed in the USA