I have been called a tool dweeb (and that’s by people who like me), but I take issue with that assessment. In truth, I have far more books than tools (unless you count every drill bit and cut nail).
At home I have a whole wall of woodworking books in my study. In my office at the magazine, I have three bookcases filled with books, tools, magazines and books. And the basement has several boxes of woodworking books that I don’t really use all the time but can’t seem to part with.
Recently I was able to dispose of all my old Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine issues by installing them all on my laptop from our annual CDs.
Which made more room for books.
Just about every week, someone asks me for an inventory of my library. Some day I will do that, but it might prove alarming. Until that day, here is a list of the books that I have within 36″ of my chair at work. These are the books that I refer to all the time, or I’m reading right now to determine if they belong in my permanent collection.
The file below is a spreadsheet of the title, author, publisher and a line about what I think about the book.
– Christopher Schwarz