Two New PW Books at WIA
We hope you’ll stop by and take a look at the many books (and more) that we’ll have available at our Marketplace booth during the 2011 Woodworking in America Conference, but here’s a peek at the two newest Popular Woodworking Books titles we’ll have at the show:
Furniture in the Southern Style
Furniture from the Southern United States has largely been ignored, until now – “Furniture in the Southern Style” will document proportions and details of this important and distinctive furniture style through measured drawings of original pieces in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (located in Winston-Salem, N. C.), and information in the Object and Craftsman databases at MESDA. The book will include 27 shop drawings of unique furniture pieces. This is the first measured drawing book to cover this important regional American furniture style, with a brief written description of each piece, photographs and measured construction drawings. There will be several chapters of introductory text discussing the historic context of the furniture, the craftsmen who made it, and the techniques they used.
How to Build Shaker Furniture
Thirty-five years ago cabinetmaker Thomas Moser wrote “How to Build Shaker Furniture,” one of the first books on building Shaker-style furniture, and in fact, one of the first books written for woodworkers that offered plans for building any kind of furniture. The simple, direct presentation sold continuously for years, inspiring and educating untold craftsmen. Much has changed in those years in woodworking technology for both amateurs and professionals. We worked with Thomas Moser this new Signature Edition of the book with an altogether new section on tools, new color photography and nine new furniture projects. Interest in Shaker design is as strong today as it was when the first edition of this book was published in 1977, possibly stronger. This ongoing interest is the direct result of the inherent beauty of Shaker design — beauty that stems not only from form, but from superb workmanship, a commitment to utility and a total understanding of material.