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Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftmanship [Paperback]

Peter Korn
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23 April 2004
The book takes a classical approach to teaching woodworking, introducing fundamental tools and shop practice. It is a solid, systematic learning tool for the advanced beginner seeking to master the basics of woodworking craftsmanship. This is a book with a strong point of view. It is the basis of the two-week basic woodworking college class that the author currently runs at the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. It pushes the idea that learning basic skills is essential to craftsmanship. This is a valid teaching approach based on a long tradition of European apprenticeship (as espoused by Tage Frid, Alan Peters and James Krenov). There is good pedagogical precedent for the idea that learning it right (the techniques and the principles) is an essential foundation. One can always depart from it later, using shop aids and power tools to do a process more quickly or efficiently..

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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press Inc.,U.S. (23 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781561586202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561586202
  • ASIN: 156158620X
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well presented 11 Jan 2011
By P McKay
Format:Paperback
As soon as you begin reading this book, it is clear that a lot of time and care has gone into this book. High quality images and diagrams, a good size and very easy to follow. I can see why it's rated highly by other buyers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woodworking Basics 15 Feb 2013
By Allan
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Excellent book! Just what is needed to refresh the mind of the fundimentals of the woodworking craft. Not so much a guide, but more of a read of some aspects of the woodworker's tasks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good For the Self Taught Woodworker 24 May 2006
By Jason T. Amsden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have found it difficult to find a book with actual exercises to build hand skills in an organized manner. I think many self taught woodworkers have peaks and valleys of skills due to the nature of "solo woodworker" learning (project plans and piece meal magazine articles). Sometimes my inefficient methods have taken more time and wasted more wood than I would care to admit.

This book is based on a course taught at a school under the author's direction. Though I am sure the live course would be vastly superior, I find this book to be an excellent guide. I would not pass it by if you are completely self taught with years of experience and/or successful projects under your belt. It is a great reinforcing tutorial. If I could have done it all over again I would have started with the course or bought this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book first! 31 July 2006
By Steven Vela - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having muddled my way through about 6 years as a hobbyist woodworker, I wish I would have found this book first. It provides excellent instruction on basic woodworking techniques, but it also unashamedly recommends the surprisingly few, but high quality tools one needs to produce beautiful furniture. Had I read this book first, literally hundreds of dollars in unnecessary or substandard tools wouldn't be cluttering up my shop today!

Additionally, this book will teach you how to hand and machine cut several woodworking joints using step-by-step narrative and clear, color illustrations. Not only will the book serve the beginning woodworker, but will challenge the more experienced craftsperson to take his or her work to the next level.

I just had the pleasure of taking Peter Korn's class at his school in Maine, and was surprised at how closely it follows this text. While no book can substitute for the interactivity of a two week course, actually going through the process of completing each one of the projects in this book will be time and resources well spent. Even experienced woodworkers would not be wasting their time in going back to the basics and perfecting their techniques and execution.

I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for the beginner 10 Mar 2006
By John J. Quinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Though I'm sure it was not Mr. Korn's intent, this work converted me from a 'Norm-ite' to a 'Neanderthal' woodworker. Mr. Korn provides parallel instructions for using power and hand tools, and that made all the difference. I realized I could do real woodworking without investing thousands of dollars in loud, dangerous, impersonal machinery. After reading this book, I invested lightly in used hand planes, chisels, a Ryoba and waterstones rather than jointers, planers, routers and table saws. Though I am not yet a craftsman by any means, I now 'enjoy' woodworking more than I ever had before.

I didn't realize how much I'd grown to depend on Mr. Korn's book until I lost the darn thing midway through the course. Yes, it's a course, not a reference book. It teaches gradually, with each lesson building on the prior one. That's what makes it so compelling. Taken with patience, one can master seemingly impossible tasks in workworking. Highly recommended.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important tool the new woodworker should buy 18 Jan 2007
By Samma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is pure delight! I got this book as a complete beginner to woodworking. The book has straightforward instructions and enough background information to understand the "why" behind the instructions. The illustrations are also very well done and helpful.

What I really like about this book is that it gives instructions for accomplishing the same task in at least two different ways, sometimes three or four. There are instructions for both power tools and hand tools. Using the recommendations in the book, I bought a few quality handtools. The more I use them, the more I am delighted and excited to find that I can make quality products without spending thousands on power tools. Because the book gives instructions for both hand tools and power tools, I can also better evaluate whether certain power tools would be worth the investment.

This book also really focuses on craftsmanship - not just getting the job done, but getting it done right. However, you DO need to follow the instructions, and do the projects as exercises. Practice. It's not as difficult at I thought it would be, and I am very pleased with the results I've obtained even in a short time.
136 of 158 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a project book 9 Feb 2007
By Tony - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is basically a collection of projects, and then explanations of the various techniques used for each step. Good if you want to make an end table, but not that useful overall. A better book to learn all the different woodworking techniques would be The Complete Manual of Woodworking by Albert Jackson, et. al., which contains everything this does (explained and illustrated much better), and much more.
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