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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 25 January 2016
I first read this book when I was a child and the volume was then a case-bound but utility volume from the 1930s; it made a great impression on me and I was determined to seek it out to read it again. This version is limp-cover (or paperback) and appears to be a photo-litho of the original, e.g. the print is rather fuzzy. The photographs are as I remember them but are rather poor by comparison to modern ones, albeit many have been taken under difficult circumstances.
It is a beautifully written book about the work and lives of the old-time village carpenter with personal reminiscences of the author but with content that goes back generations (the family home was built in the 16th century).
It is difficult to imagine a time when planks were sawn by hand from the trunk of a tree in a saw-pit, then shaped by use of an axe and finally smoothed with a wooden plane - the time that must have taken; nowadays all done by machine. It is even more difficult to imagine the time when the carpenters went into the woods to fell the trees to saw the planks from. Times when a farm gate was expected to be made by one man in a day, gates such I have never seen in my life (there are photos of these gates). When the village carpenter was expected to be able to repair furniture, build the frames for houses, make gates, make the sweeps for windmills, repair the gears of water and wind-mills and make coffins.
This is a wonderful book and I would have given it 5* but for the print quality. I am so happy to have found it again.
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on 12 August 2015
The book which I had already read previously was as I expected it to be. Informative of the way that 'rough' carpentry was done in in the days of hand tools. As much a social document of the times and labours of ordinary people of the period concerned.
As a research book I found it informative and well written although because of it's original publishing date a little inaccurate historically, although possibly correct as seen through the eyes of the author. The book arrived within the specified date from the seller and was not distinguishable from a new book in terms of condition. The star award is only because it is slightly outdated in factual content, and in no way a reflection on the seller or the condition of the item.
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on 6 March 2018
Good read, of how things used to be, just quite interesting read to relax with
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on 28 August 2013
Fascinating look at how Victorian carpenters and joiners worked. Well written and informative. Something to go back to again and again.
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on 25 November 2015
Brilliant a very interesting and enjoyable read
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on 20 April 2013
I just love reading this old book about the life and profession of the 19th and early 20th century village carpenter. This is not a guidebook in how to do things, but rather a book that describes how the life was back then.
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on 13 April 2016
good product and service
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on 29 May 2015
Fascinating
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on 6 September 2015
great book , great story,
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on 24 May 2015
Really enjoyable and full of insight into a village carpenter and his skills and daily life.
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