Thursday, July 29, 2010

Roubo In Hi Res

I've spent the last few months poring over hi-res images of Roubo's L'Art Du Menuisier. What's fascinating about these books is the sheer vastitude of content that Roubo covered. Everything from basic geometry to the workings of Venetian (or is it Parisian?) blinds. There's even a detailed drawing for a collapsible, portable bed. And that doesn't even include the tools.

Like many interested in traditional woodwork, I'd love to have an original copy of Roubo's "L'Art Du Menuisier". Unfortunately, they are quite expensive.

Until I find a set at a local French estate sale, my best source for these incredible engravings is the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery. There are 107 plates available for viewing. Make sure you click on the "zoom" button at the bottom of the image. I thought the handwritten notes in French were a nice touch.

I'm looking forward to reading Roubo's work in English, soon to be published in a modern translation by those well-versed in traditional woodwork. If you have an interest in Roubo, make sure you stay abreast of the developments with this translation and publishing project here.


  1. That's awesome--thanks, Jameel.

  2. I was able to pull down all the individual plates and combine them into a single high-res shot of Plate 11. Let me know if you'd like a copy!

  3. Rob, I'll take you up on that offer. Please drop me an email through the website. Thanks.


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