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Working Wood 1 & 2: The Artisan Course with Paul Sellers Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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This series represents the distilled experience and knowledge, developed over 47 years, of Woodworker and Master Craftsman, Paul Sellers. His remarkable journey saw him learn his trade as a traditional apprentice in England during in the 1960s, and then progress, many years later, to design and make furniture for American Presidents.
The clarity of Paul's teaching is quite exceptional. Founded on twenty years experience during which he has taught over 3,000 woodworkers, the series progressively introduces new skills and techniques through projects, and then reinforces and expands on these through as the reader and viewer progresses further. With over 800 color photos, diagrams and illustrations in the book and extensive use of close-ups in the videos, every stage and technique clearly is clearly explained and discussed.
This comprehensive course in hand tool woodworking is perfect for beginners, just starting out, and is also invaluable resource for more advanced woodworkers to develop their skills and knowledge further.
The first part of the series introduces the mantra of "sharpness, accuracy, technique". Focusing on the essential joints and hand tools.
Part 2 is all about truly mastering the core skills through a series of hand built projects. Focusing on each of the three joints in turn, you will learn to master dovetailed boxes, bookcase making and the principles of table making. By using a combination of these joints, you will learn how to make your own European Workbench. Central to this entire course is a very thorough and comprehensive explanation of how to sharpen your tools, simply and quickly.
Most importantly, this series will teach you how, with just a few groups of basic hand tools, you will be able to make hundreds of projects, and acquire the skill and confidence of a real Artisan.
Note. The DVD collection that accompanies this book is also available on Amazon under Film & TV.
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This review though is about the book. The book is a perfect companion to the online video. The book shares the same approach to life. It is clear, both the pictures and text.It has everything you need [except the hands on practice] to get started.Master the basic techniques that are very clearly illustrated and described and you will have got some exceptional value from your purchase. Its a soft back book not paper back or hard back. The paper quality is good. Its going to survive a trip to the shed, garage or wherever you hide.
It is well worth the money.
I'm not good at writing reviews so all I will say is look up Paul Sellers on Youtube, he also has his own website and blog and is running an online woodworking class ( Woodworking masterclass.) Have a look at all these things and make your own mind up, all I can say is that if it wasn't for Paul Sellers I would never have taken up woodworking. The man is a great teacher and I'd like nothing more than to shake him by the hand and thank him, I'm sure I am not alone in thinking that.
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