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Country Woodcraft [Hardcover]

Drew Langsner
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (9 Nov 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878572007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878572007
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 19 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Describes traditional woodcrafting techniques and presents challenging projects for creating agricultural implements, baskets, and household furnishings.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Quite old now but little has changed in this area. The range of green wood topics covered is almost breathtaking. The author's passion for the subject is readily apparent. He covers froes & brakes, bowls, spoons, timber sledges, split oak baskets, sharpening, shave horses, wedges and much more besides.

Great value if you can get it for a reasonable price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Written by someone who knows his stuff 29 Jan 2013
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...and I had been looking for a book which included a largish section on spoon carving, so this was very helpful. It was pre-loved but of reasonable quality, and worth waiting for it to arrive from USA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an oldie but a goodie 12 Sep 2014
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ok its quite an old book but I was pleasantly surprised how much good gen was in each section and that it had the authentic ring of someone writing from having actually done this kind of woodwork a lot, frustratingly the projects are so clearly written you feel you should be able to make the things like grass rakes, pitchforks and sleds to be bought up short by the thought "what will I do with it once I make it?" but an absorbing read to those of us who love these sorts of crafts. Yes lots of good clear info...hope some of you out there find it useful but its American so it recommends woods you wont have access to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Top-Rate Woodworking Guide 10 Aug 2006
By S. Schuler - Published on
Langsner's book is one of the finest and most comprehensible woodworking guides on the market. Langsner writes with an enthusiasm and clarity that keeps the reading engaging, though the book is more interesting to readers with at least rudimentary experience with woodworking. Most importantly, he is not so vague that his projects could not be duplicated by an amateur, but he is not so detailed as to discourage innovation. He uses hand tools almost exclusively, so don't expect directions on using a table saw or drill press. The author has included chapters on making shaving horses, milking stools, tables, brooms, hay rakes, wooden spoons and harrows, and his wife has added chapters on basketry and other crafts. Pictures and illustrations are in black-and-white, but they are well-placed and nicely illustrate the components of the project, as well as the finished item. I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in making wooden items with hand tools.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back Yonder in the Woods 25 Dec 2009
By Norsehorse - Published on
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An interesting how to on the use of old time hand tools and the projects they were used for. A wonderful look at how some of the old wooden articals were made by hand and the proper use of the hand tools to construct them.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 14 April 2013
By Cathy Wyatt - Published on
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This book is great. It reminds me of the proper ways to sharpen my tools and gives me detailed instructions on how to do projects I've wanted to do. What more could I ask for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 16 Mar 2012
By Laurence Turner - Published on
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Very good publication. Much better than the Roy Underhill book with more detail and much better pictures regarding the construction of various projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Woodworking book and enjoyable to read 9 May 2014
By Michael L. Sweet - Published on
I picked this hardback book up for 25 cents brand new. What a buy. I was surprised how good this book is. It is a good history, archaeological AND woodworking piece. Very good detailed information on building projects. Not a gloss-over explanation. You don't have to be a primitive woodworker to enjoy this. I am a woodcarver/woodworker using machines and hand tools. I did not feel like this was a step back but a large step forward. Very good writing and illustrations. A very good book.
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