The Handplane Book (Taunton Books & Videos for Fellow Enthusiasts) Paperback – 2 Mar 2000
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Hack is a professional furniture maker. He is a regular contributor to Fine Woodworking magazine.
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Now, putting that aside I can say with some joy that this is a beautiful book. It is well bound, glossy and packed full of information that might suggest it is dry but is anything but. The author clearly loves the subject and he takes us through the history of planes, their use and how they are made. He tells us how to tune them and of course how to get an edge worthy of a master.
Like almost all the best books about woodworking this is an American one. And, whilst of course it is orientated towards the US, England gets quite a few mentions because of the older companies who made outstanding hand tools. What it does of course remind one is that sadly we in the UK have lost that interest and joy in the subject whilst the Americans seem to have embraced it.
Overall if you are an inveterate woodworker with a love of the subject then this book should appeal to you,
I was pleasantly surprised when I read the text, and although a bit difficult to for a foreigner to understand first, there are so many technical terms that doesn't appear in a normal dictionary, it was full of explanations of how a plane was designed, how to use it and what could be done with it. Yes, so in the end, I have spent quite many nights studying this fantastic book.
Now where to find a good book on chisels? Whats a girl to do?
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This may be the only book on handplanes but I cannot imagine better. Illustrations are superb especially those of Norris planes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by David Johnston
A WONDERFUL Book
HIGHLY recommended to anyone interested in handtools.