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The Joiner and Cabinet Maker - 1839


The Joiner and Cabinet Maker - 1839 4As some of you know I collect early books on woodworking and a couple of years ago I came across a book which just blew me away. When i first read it, and now several years later, I still think it is one of the most important books on learning woodworking ever written, and gives us a great historical perspective on how woodworking was done in the pre-machine world.
I sent the book to Chris Schwarz and we both knew it had to see the light of day again. I wrote the historical notes, Chris built and wrote about the projects in the book.
I could give more details on the book which we will publish this fall but everyone knows Chris is a far better writer than I so rather than repeat what he has said I direct you to the Lost Arts Press website and Chris's blog entry.

We of course will be taking advance orders for the book starting soon, and I hope you will be as excited by it as I.

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08/28/2009 Chuck Nickerson
I think publishing efforts like this are quite important. I look forward to the historical and woodworking annotations. Be sure and make arrangements so copies can be purchased with both your and Chris' autographs.
08/28/2009 Wade Whitlock
Please let me know when I can order it.

I extend an offer, if you ever get to Havre de Grace, MD. I volunteer at Steppingstone Museum. The website is We have a very interesting collection of woodworking tools. The woodworking shop/display was featured in Tools of the Trade's Tool Hounds section.

Check out the website, get in touch and I promise you a treat. We close to the Public at the end of September, so you can have the place to yourself, almost.
Thanks for the invite I would love to visit!
08/30/2009 Rob Of Evenfall
Hi Joel,

You and I once spoke of collecting old books. It is a wonderful thing that you
are in a position to collect the real ones. I consider myself really fortunate to
hunt the ones on the internet and collect them for my library. The reading,
while not as fun as paper, has been very enriching.

What you know, and I have learned, is that these old books contain a lot. The
approach to the work is their secret, and while we have tried to reverse
engineer a lot of things, and have done so with success, we still guess as to
which was what our grandparents really knew was the approach.

Cumulatively, You have read a lot of books few people can access with great
ease until recently, and Chris has also been an ardent historian of
woodworking methods. I think the work you and Chris are doing will help us
all understand some of the secrets to these woodworking approaches we as a
modern society somehow lost touch with as woodworking evolved, and in so
doing will round out a lot of our current understandings about why we
approach a lot as we do.

Thanks for this book!
09/03/2009 Dave Fisher
I really enjoyed Chris's article in the latest issue of Woodworking Magazine about the book and the project that he built based upon it. The work that you and Chris are doing is so valuable. I'm a woodworker and history teacher, and I'm looking forward to the release of the book. Thanks.
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