Wood reclaimed from old houses, factories, barns, water tanks, and boardwalks has become a valuable commodity, treasured for the patina that gives witness to its history. Our ancestors built well, using locally sourced lumber that expressed the culture and natural history of their region: oak and pine in the Northeast; hickory and cypress in the South; Douglas fir and redwood in the West. Reclaimed Wood: A Field Guide is the first complete visual handbook to this popular resource, covering history, culture, salvage, sources, contemporary uses (in buildings and furniture), and practical advice.
World-class woodworker Sam Maloof (1916-2009), the first craftsperson to receive a MacArthur Foundation grant, inhabited his family compound in Alta Loma, California, for 45 years until the State of California decided that a new highway was needed, and that the Maloof homestead was in the way. The result was the move, between 1998 and 2001, of the historic residence, two woodworking studios, guesthouse, and twenty trees to a new site three miles away. As it explores the human side of historic preservation, the book explains how Sam, a beleaguered but plucky elderly California Living Treasure and master woodworker, survives his historic property's relocation by the government. Construction manager and architect Ann Kovara relates this true story of how progress and tradition, public needs and private lives, managed to reach an accord.
This third entry in the Art of Jewelry series brings crafters an eye-opening assortment of wood necklaces, bangles, and earrings to make--alongside a gallery of inspirational work from the best contemporary artists. Filled with stepped-out examples of each project in different stages, it covers all the basics, including an exploration of sawing, sanding, drilling, carving, pyrography, and painting. The 30 inspiring projects feature such standout pieces as a carved ebony ring, copper and wood brooches embellished with pyrographed patterns, and a rich mahogany pendant dotted with delicate pearls. All the items are showcased in beautiful color images, accompanied by the artists' professional insights and creative tips.
'Sound, well-seasoned advice on] how to bring wood fires into our lives.' - BBC Countryfile
The Wood Fire Handbook shows you that the soothing effect of dancing flames and glowing embers is a simple pleasure to have in our lives. Understanding everything that underpins the perfect wood fire makes it even more enjoyable. Vincent Thurkettle's handbook is the essential companion and manual. Contents include...
Understand which trees make the best firewood
Learn how to split, season, and store wood
Lay the perfect fire
Make an ingenious campfire
Choose wood for its scent ...and much much more
This lively introduction to Japanese joinery not only delves lovingly into the unique history and development of Japanese carpentry, but also reveals many secrets of Japanese joinery. Presenting 48 joints, selected from among the several hundred known and used today, this visually exciting book will please anyone who has ever been moved by the sheer beauty of wood.With the clear isometric projections complementing the 64 pages of stunning photographs, even the weekend carpenter can duplicate these bequests from the traditional Japanese carpenter, which can be applied to projects as large as the buildings for which most of them were originally devised or to projects as small as a sewing box.
Local songbird populations are rapidly declining, and food, shelter and safe nesting areas are urgently needed. This remarkable book is packed with great ideas plus all the woodworking drawings and howto information needed for hobbyists and birders who want to build attractive birdhouses, feeders and nesting boxes that will attract birds.
Build Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders features a wide range of designs suitable for all skill levels and space limitations, from a very easy box feeder for a small balcony to the challenge of a magnificent bird mansion for a large garden. The 25 projects appeal to a variety of tastes, ranging from a traditional Victorian townhouse, to a tonguein-cheek Wild West saloon, to a medieval tournament tent.
Each project includes:
- Detailed designs with acolor photo of the finished item
- Easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations
- Enlarged and technical diagrams in color
- List of recommended materials
- Advice on choosing a location for best results.
This easy-to-follow manual contains simple instructions and illustrations for building 12 feeders in classic and contemporary designs. Suitable for space ranging in size from large suburban yards to tiny apartment terraces, these structures include a near-ground feeder, a hanging cardinal feeder, a post/hanging thistle feeder, a weathervane feeder, an acrylic pyramid, a five-position multispeed feeder, a traditional chalet-style feeder, and more.
Easy-to-Make Bird Feeders for Woodworkers also describes construction materials and basic tools, explains how to work with glass and plastic, provides construction tips, suggests design features (single-perch, multiple-perch, and open-style feeders); discusses food-dispersal systems, the size and shape of seed openings, ways to protect food from weather spoilage and even how to make your feeder squirrel-proof.
You'll also find a wealth of helpful information on common avian species, do-it-yourself food-source recommendations, special dietary requirements of the hummingbird, how to attract birds you want, how to select a site, how to hang and support the feeder, and more.
Enhanced by numerous diagrams, detailed illustrations, and nine tables (with lumber sizes, birds' food preferences, etc.), this modestly priced how-to book invites woodworkers at all levels of expertise to build attractive and inexpensive feeders that will be a pleasure to create and delightfully rewarding to watch.