Working Wood with Wedge and Edge
The University of North Carolina Press
On Sale: October 8, 2008
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For thirty years, Roy Underhill's PBS program, "The
Woodwright's Shop," has brought classic hand-tool
craftsmanship to viewers across America. Now, in his
seventh book, Roy shows how to engage the mysteries of the
splitting wedge and the cutting edge to shape wood from
forest to furniture.
Beginning with the standing tree,
each chapter of The Woodwright's Guide explores one
of nine trades of woodcraft: faller, countryman and
cleaver, hewer, log-builder, sawyer, carpenter, joiner,
turner, and cabinetmaker. Each trade brings new tools and
techniques; each trade uses a different character of
material; but all are united by the grain in the wood and
the enduring mastery of muscle and steel.
detailed drawings by Eleanor Underhill (Roy's daughter)
illustrate the hand tools and processes for shaping and
joining wood. A special concluding section contains
detailed plans for making your own foot-powered lathes,
workbenches, shaving horses, and taps and dies for wooden
The Woodwright's Guide is informed by a
lifetime of experience and study. A former master
craftsman at Colonial Williamsburg, Roy has inspired
millions to "just say no to power tools" through his
continuing work as a historian, craftsman, activist, and
teacher. In The Woodwright's Guide, he takes
readers on a personal journey through a legacy of off-the-
grid, self-reliant craftsmanship. It's a toolbox filled
with insight and technique as well as wisdom and
confidence for the artisan in all of us.
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