PW has published a compilation of my column to date and added some great Schwarz content to round it out narratively. What you get is a cd that works a little like a webpage. There’s an introductory screen that includes a linked table of contents. Click on the article and you get a searchable pdf document. It should work on any computer.
I’m thrilled to see it. Many folks have asked when I’m going to publish my articles in a book. I think this is better. Schwarz really convinced me of just how ecologically evil the printing industry is. Let’s save the trees for woodworking.
Just to remind you, there are few articles of mine that I think everyone should have a copy of handy; the ball and claw is probably one of the best, most complete looks at this subject ever. Though there’s plenty of quibble with, I think the “Soul and Basis of our Art” was one of my best and worth reviewing. Ditto, the “Plumley Inventory” is worth a reread. Personally, I took a look over my earliest articles to see if and how my writing changed. I think you can certainly see me growing as an author and a woodworker over those 4 years.
My friends and I often joke about our woodworking libraries (how large they are- how you could spend all your ww time making bookshelves to hold your ww books). On the subjects of period woodworking and building case furniture with hand tools, there really aren’t that many good titles. For this reason alone, I think that if this subject interests you, you should have a copy.