Re: "The Art of Joinery"
- Have it. It's a good read - a bit heavy on interpretation, but still good.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Robert" <rdehwyll@...> wrote:
> Just came across this reprint, thought it might have some interest...
> 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.