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Re: "The Art of Joinery"

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  • Jeff Johnson
    Have it. It s a good read - a bit heavy on interpretation, but still good. Jeff ... http://www.lostartpress.com/product/da5ef04d-4805-4b1e-aed4-9bfc84c19591
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      Have it. It's a good read - a bit heavy on interpretation, but still good.

      Jeff

      --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, "Robert" <rdehwyll@...> wrote:
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      > Just came across this reprint, thought it might have some interest...
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      > Description In 1678, a printer and globe maker named Joesph Moxon began
      > publishing a series of pamphlets that explored the tools and practices
      > of six trades, including the joiner. When assembled, these pamphlets
      > became "The Mechanick Exercises" – the first English
      > language account of the trades.
      >
      > Today, 330 years later, Moxon's description of joiners is still
      > important to woodworkers who incorporate hand tools into their craft.
      > That's because many of the practices and procedures of early
      > craftsmen have been lost – we still don't know exactly how they
      > produced such beautiful work so rapidly and with such simple tools.
      >
      > For the woodworker who is exploring hand work, Moxon's chapters on
      > woodworking offer important clues about the tools and how to use them
      > and are essential reading. Unfortunately, "Mechanick Exercises"
      > is out of print, and used copies fetch as much as $100.
      >
      > So we decided to reprint Moxon's writings on joinery, make them
      > easier to read and add commentary and photos that explain early
      > woodworking practices. We cleaned up the odd period spellings, shortened
      > the run-on sentences without changing the meanings, and added notes in
      > the text to help the reader. We also split up Moxon's illustrations
      > so the drawing of the paring chisel, for example, is with the text about
      > the paring chisel.
      >
      > Then we added a plain-spoken explanation of Moxon's original text,
      > which can be bedeviling at times. We tried to explain what was going on
      > in each section of "The Art of Joinery," and illustrated
      > Moxon's techniques with more than 40 photos.
      >
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