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Woods in British Furniture-making 1400 - 1900: An Illustrated Historical Dictionary Hardcover – 6 Aug 2012

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  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Oblong Creative Ltd/Royal Botanic Gardens Kew; First edition (6 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955657679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955657672
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 5.3 x 33 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 972,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bowett's knowledge of the field is incomparable - and to the benefit of the reader, accessible, digestible, and useful."--Henry Berry "Antiques Today "

"Bowett's knowledge of the field is incomparable and to the benefit of the reader, accessible, digestible, and useful."--Henry Berry "Antiques Today ""

About the Author

Adam Bowett is an independent furniture historian. He has published widely in academic and popular journals and is the author of two books on English furniture. He works as a consultant to museums and auction houses, as well as to organizations such as the National Trust, Historic Scotland and Historic Royal Palaces.


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Scholarly, comprehensive, readable, and authoritative. This has been a labour of love for Adam Bowett and his passion for the subject and meticulous research shine through on every page. Not a cheap book, but one that you'll relish and return to for many years to come.
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I bought this for my husband who has his own wood collection and is passionate about wood and antique furniture. It has become his daily companion.
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very expensive but this is the summary of years of work and experience. It fill an important gap in available publications. Well done to Adam Bowett.
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This must be regarded as the definitive scholarly work on the subject and the go to work of reference and illustration
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5.0 out of 5 stars A scholarly book for those interested in British furniture 21 Oct. 2013
By Minerva - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the third book by Adam Bowett that I have purchased. Dr. Bowett researches thoroughly and gives a huge amount of factual information. The book is in dictionary form and therefore it is easy to find information regarding specific woods. A must for dealers in antique British furniture, valuers/appraisers and anyone with more than a passing interest in British furniture. I have been a fan of Dr. Bowett since I read several articles by him for the Antique Collectors' Club which dismissed "myths" of British furniture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 15 Feb. 2014
By John C Riordan - Published on Amazon.com
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Brilliant book well presented and well researched. We need more books on woodwork like this. Not a book for one sitting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 July 2014
By Basa Luis Augusto - Published on Amazon.com
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great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benchmark study and reference of historical British furniture and woods for making it 13 Nov. 2012
By Henry Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is "a reference intended for anyone who works with, or is interested in historic British furniture." This is true, but the description is so generalized that it at best simply skims the surface failing to denote the uniqueness, thorough research, knowledge, expertise, and the unrivaled content of the book. What impresses first about it is its size--not intended somewhat for show, as an art book; but as one soon realizes, necessary for the treatment of the bounty of information. Secondly, the abundant, attractive, and varied visual matter with one or more images on the majority of pages makes an impression, with the color photographs of the pieces of furniture most noted. Lastly, when one gets to this, the text is direct, ordered, and detailed. For example, one learns that "Chestnut, sweet or Spanish [was] widely used as medieval building lumber"; although not all historians and researchers are in agreement on this, with Bowett citing different views from different times. There is no disagreement though that this type of chestnut "is durable, particularly below ground, [though] not so resistant to splitting." That it split relatively easy was why it was "popular for split-pale fences." Bowett's book is a multifaceted work of meticulous scholarship as authoritative for scholars and researchers as useful as it is for craftsmen, decorators, and ones in the antiques and auction field.

The content is organized alphabetically into the two primary categories of hardwoods and softwoods. But this too says little about the book other than denoting ease of use as a reference. The two indexes help in this too. The alphabetical entries are more than simple definitions, overviews, and annotations to inform the reader of basics of the hundreds of entries. Many of the entries are like articles or essays like ones seen in scholarly journals or periodicals for craftspeople or hobbyists. The material of any of the extended entries is liberal with diversified topics and often to the point of colorfulness so as to interest lay readers. One looking up a particular entry for a fact or simple definition-like understanding will, for instance, find oneself becoming absorbed in rich material ranging from biology, visual description, history, authoritative opinion, use in different historical periods, social history, geography, and others. Following the alphabetical section are four appendices, including one with realistic-looking photos of more than 90 different types of wood for identification.

Bowett's knowledge of the field is incomparable – and to the benefit of the reader, accessible, digestible, and useful. This book is the culmination of the author's interest in and research on British furniture and the wood its made from and its craftsmanship preceded by two other books on early British furniture. The high cost of the book is justified not only by its high quality in every respect, but also because it is improbable that it would ever be superseded or surpassed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark research resource 2 Feb. 2016
By Dave Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautifully researched and illustrated reference book for anyone interested in furniture and the history of fine hardwoods. Very well written and edited.
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