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Ridiculous Books cover winner

Y’all are funny – picking the winner of the Ridiculous Woodworking Books contest was a difficult task. But I had to choose a winner, so…I chose two. Each of the winners gets a copy of our reprint of David Denning’s “The Art and Craft of Cabinet-Making.”

One is Wittefish’s birdhouse homage to one of my favorite books, “Go the F**k to Sleep,” by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortes – of which I’ve bought multiple copies; it’s one of my go-to baby shower gifts. (Also, how fun would it be to spend a day hanging out in the shop with Samuel L. Jackson – I wonder if he knows how to cut dovetails… (which leads me to one of the honorable mention titles:  Mike’s “50 New Words to Use While Making Dovetails”).

My other winner – because the literary pun is just too good to not reward – is from Tom Wulber:

Tom had a few others that were contenders, too:
“Tuesdays with Moxon” and “Fo’ Chisel – Woodworking in Mainstream Hip Hop” made me giggle at length. As did wonkothesane’s “Wooden Toys No Child Wants” and bradrubin’s “To Make as Expensively as Possible: Roubo on Book Publishing.” In fact, I got a good chuckle out of most of them.

Thank you so much for the levity – there’s not enough of it these days, it seems.

Wittefish and Tom Wulber, please email me your physical address, and I’ll get your books in the mail right away.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

p.s. The Handplane Birdhouse on the first cover is an actual project – for a free PDF download thereof, click: OldPlaneBirdhousePDF (it is not by Samuel L. Jackson, but its author does a decent SLJ impression)

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  • JBrackett

    Love this. Great idea for a goofy, fun contest. Some excellent submissions too. Both winning selections were excellent choices. Finding ways to inject a bit of levity into any situation is a VERY welcomed thing. I hope to see more of this type of thing in the future. Well done Megan!

  • pghpete

    Great article and pick Megan. Apparently some folks are unfamiliar with the SLJ joke or think comedy isn’t subjective like just about everything else is. I laughed so thank you!

  • 7-Thumbs

    To bad you had to lower your standards and select a winner that had to use f__k in its title in order to make it funny. I’ve never thought that comedians that had to resort to vulgar routines were real comedians and neither do I ascribe to the common use of f__k by today’s younger generation as anything that is even remotely admirable. I hope PW will consider holding to its standards which I have formerly always thought to be high.

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