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How to Season & Dry Your Own Wood [Paperback]

Alan Holtham
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Book Description

7 Sep 2009
This handbook takes the reader through the process of finding, processing, seasoning and drying their own unique timber and is aimed at independent woodworkers across a whole range of disciplines. To this day, most literature on seasoning and drying timber takes into account that the readers are dealing with timber by the kiln-load, but this title is aimed at one-man-bands, who work with small garden timber and writes in an entertaining and accessible. The book covers: Anatomical structures of wood, identifying timber, sourcing timber, seasoning timber and drying timber.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: GMC (7 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861086415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861086419
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Holtham is a woodworker and a journalist, who has written extensively on this vast subject for a range of magazines including the highly acclaimed Woodturning (GMC) magazine as well as New Woodworking (GMC), The Router (GMC) and Furniture & Cabinetmaking (GMC).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential book for the woodworker 29 Sep 2009
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I ordered this book as an amateur woodworker, keen to learn more about the techniques and problems associated with obtaining raw unprocessed wood. I was not disappointed for, in my view, this book is an essential companion to anyone wanting to obtain a good working knowledge of the nature of wood with a view to harvesting and seasoning their own timber for subsequent woodworking projects.

It is far more comprehensive than the title suggests with the 12 chapters taking us from the basics of how wood is formed (Chapter 1), to an introduction to timber classification and taxonomy (Chapter 2), converting raw timber to usable wood (Chapter 3), explaining and dispelling common misconceptions about grain and figure (Chapter 4), factors affecting colour (Chapter 5), how fungi and insects affect the nature of wood, sometimes surprisingly beneficially to the woodworker (Chapter 6), properties of timber relating to how it is worked (Chapter 7), the role of water in timber and then how this effects drying wood (Chapters 8 and 9), selecting wood from commercial sources (Chapter 10), obtaining reclaimed timber (Chapter 11). Chapter 12 (Health and Safety) is an excellent summary of the dangers associated with woodworking and includes a comprehensive table summarising the hazards associated with specific species of wood.

An appendix includes a very useful glossary of terms applied to timber.

This is a paper-back publication in A4 format, nicely designed with clear text and is profusely illustrated throughout with over 400 superb colour photographs, mainly taken by the author, interspersed in the 192 pages of text. The text is extremely well written and the author's enthusiasm for the subject comes over clearly and is very infectious. A few minor typo's detract little from the overall value and impact of this publication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to season and dry your own wood 4 May 2011
By AJ
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This is a super book with lots of information; it is presented in an ' easy to read' format with lots of excellent colour photos. I learnt a lot from it and would thoroughly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paper backed book 21 Feb 2014
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The book itself is very good, and it was dispatched quite quickly, unfortunately it took four days to reach me. Not the fault of the shop, but perhaps they ought to think of others ways to send their parcels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holtham on top form. 19 July 2013
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An excellent book if you are considering having a go at drying your own wood; and if you're not, it's still a good read as it tells you a lot about wood and its vagaries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars HOW TO SEASON & DRY YOUR OWN WOOD 14 Jan 2010
By Greg
Format:Paperback
GOOD GENERAL INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND BOOK; DON'T EXPECT TO GET DETAILED TECHNICAL CONTENT OR A FEW APPLIED EXAMPLES OF DRYING WOOD PROCEDURES ETC.
MANY GOOD COLOUR PHOTOS INCLUDED WHICH COULD ALSO BE OF REFERENCE-USAGE LATER.
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