Thursday, May 17, 2012
Put This Book On Your Christmas List
Have you ever had that feeling during the construction of a piece of furniture where you felt that everything clicked? That moment when joinery fit sweetly right off the tool? Or when design elements coalesce into their own element? The moment of satisfaction when you feel like every step in the process was achieved by your hard-wrought practice and skill, and not just a result of luck or chance? Now raise your hand if you also wish that early in your woodworking endeavor there was a book that laid the foundation for you to achieve this sort of satisfaction without years of trial and error.
Jeff Miller has just finished writing that book. I had the privilege to read some excerpts from Jeff's book earlier this year. I can only say that I wish he had written it 20 years ago. This isn't a step-by-step book about how to cut joints or work surfaces. It's more about why the joints are cut that way. It also covers something that is rarely touched on in woodworking media: ergonomics. In other words, it teaches the DNA of woodworking fundamentals.
The book is being published by Popular Woodworking Books. I know I'll be on the lookout when its released this fall.
For more info, see Jeff Miller's Chairs and More blog.