To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry



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To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry

By Donald C. Williams, Michele Pietryka-Pagan, Philippe Lafargue

This book is the long-awaited English translation of what Lost Art Press describes as "the most important woodworking book of the 18th century."

In the mid to late 1700s, French cabinetmaker, Andre Jacob Roubo, authored L'Art du Menuisier (The Art of the Joiner), a highly influential, multi-volume treatise on woodworking that covers nearly all the related trades.

“Roubo on Marquetry” is the first of several forthcoming translated volumes of his work. In addition to marquetry, this book covers a wide variety of hand tool woodworking topics like grinding, sharpening, staining, finishing, wood selection, a German workbench, clock-case construction, engraving and casting brasses.

This annotated translation supplements Roubo’s original illustrations with detailed photo essays by Don Williams to help you bring alive the lessons in your own woodworking.

Lost Art Press, 2013. Hardcover with cotton cloth, 247 pages. Printed and bound in the USA.