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With the Grain: A Craftsman's Guide to Understanding Wood

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With the Grain: A Craftsman's Guide to Understanding Wood

With the Grain is, above all, succinct, easy to understand and perfectly suited for the furniture-maker, containing the facts you need to know at the lumberyard, in the woodlot and in the shop.

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With the Grain is, above all, succinct, easy to understand and perfectly suited for the furniture-maker, containing the facts you need to know at the lumberyard, in the woodlot and in the shop.

Story

You don’t need a degree in dendrology to build a desk. But you do need intimate knowledge of how our raw material grows and – more importantly – how it responds to its environment after it has been cut and dried. This knowledge allows you to tame the wood into the shapes that you have envisioned in your head. And it ensures that your furniture will endure the seasons and age with grace and aplomb. With the Grain is, above all, succinct, easy to understand and perfectly suited for the furniture-maker. It’s not a detailed analysis of cell growth. It is not a heap of tables and equations for figuring truss loads in residential construction. It is decidedly not a scientist’s approach to the material. Instead, “With the Grain” contains the facts you need to know at the lumberyard, in the woodlot and in the shop. It gives you enough science so you understand how trees grow. It explains the handful of formulas you have to know as a furniture-maker. And it gives you a hearty dose of specific information about North American species that will inspire you.

Specs
  • By Christian Becksvoort
  • Published by Lost Art Press
  • 11.2 x 8.5”
  • 144 pages
  • 1.4 lbs.
  • Hardcover
  • Profusely illustrated
Materials
  • On acid-free paper
  • Smyth sewn
  • Green cotton cover