ISBN: 9780954234553 Year Added to Catalog: 2011 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: Full-color Throughout Dimensions: 8.25 x 10.75 Number of Pages: 192 Book Publisher: Living Wood Books Release Date: August 15, 2011 Web Product ID: 660
This book is about how to make a chair - simply and with tools you can easily obtain or construct for yourself.
In 1985, when Mike Abbott started running courses using the traditional tools and techniques of the Victorian chair-bodgers, many people said it was about time he moved into the 20th Century.
Following the success of his first two books Green Woodwork and Living Wood, Mike’s third book shows that he has now moved happily and unashamedly straight into the 21st Century. With the help of over 600 colour photographs he guides you, step-by-step, through:
The tools and techniques needed for cleaving, shaping and assembling a chair
Constructing a few simply homemade devices to aid the process
Making 3 stools and 3 chairs, each with its own unique character.
Going with the Grain is not written for cabinet-makers (although they are welcome to read it too) - the techniques described in this book have as much in common with cabinet-making, as does a jacket potato with haute cuisine. It is written for anyone who shares Mike’s passion for trees and wood and is interested in getting to know them better through the fulfilling process of turning a tree into their very own chair.
About the Author
Mike Abbott spent most of his childhood playing in the woods around his home near Bristol. After graduating with a degree in combined science, he returned to the countryside with a variety of jobs in amenity horticulture. While attending a course in arboriculture in 1976, Mike discovered Herbert Edlin's inspiring book Woodland Crafts in Britain. From this he made his first pole-lathe and set about rediscovering the skills that had been all but lost. Two years later he undertook a course in recreation management which included a study of the recreational potential of small woodlands. Here he developed the concept ...