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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing; 5th ed. edition (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941936481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941936484
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And illustrates as well.
J. Hicks
This book is a must for anyone doing circular and curved woodwork.
Quade Baxter
This book delves into the geometry of compound curves.
Clemuel.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on June 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Such a cool book. Operating on the premise that Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian architecture represent a high point in interior design and in carpentry in particular, the publishers have created a brilliant, annotated version of George Collins' book on circular carpentry work. The Collins book became a standard work, reprinted through the 19th and into the 20th century. But here we have a side-by-side format -- a facsimile of the original book accompanied by modern illustations and annotations. The result is somewhat interdisciplinary: a book about carpentry that has things to communicate about design, architecture and particularly the methods of communicating 3-D processes through a 2-D medium. Swoon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Quade Baxter on July 21, 2011
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This book is a must for anyone doing circular and curved woodwork. It is a reperint of a text from the early 20th century. It is also the only book of it's type I've ever found.Went to this book a lot when I did Architectural Woodwork professionally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seven Seas on October 9, 2012
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If you are looking to manufacture any form of curved or circular work this is an absolute must read. The original diagrams are not very easy to understand, but don't let this put you off. The additional supplementary additions guide you through each part and how it's constructed. The book is best used as a reference manual, pick it up when you have a curved piece to produce. No matter what your making, the techniques are discussed and explained. This is not a how to book of woodworking techniques. This book deals with the layout and construction of curved work. If you have difficulty with trigonometry this is not the book for you, however, if you have an interet and are willing to study some of the methods, it guides you through how to construct the templates necessary to make almost any curved work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hurley on March 23, 2011
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This is not a book for the faint-hearted or mathmatically challenged individual. It's layout is very weird to say the least. One half of the page is its original content, the other half has the author's clarifications and thoughts. A very hard read to say the least. BUT, if you are serious about gaining a LOT of knowledge regarding circular woodworking, especially repetative capability, this is a must have book to get you started. It will guide you to places in your woodworking like no other and offers much for the designing mind.

If you are extremely lucky to have a master circular woodworker at your disposal, you may not want to add all the thoughts of this book to your collection. This type of work is very demanding, let the master teach you as this book may confuse its reader. BUT, very few of us have this luxury so I recommend it highly. Read a little, let it soak in, practice what is shown. Let the book set for a while then start a new chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George L. Brady on September 18, 2013
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I bought this book or one similar about 18 or 20 years ago and lent it out, never to see it again. I was not sure of the title but recognized the cover and ordered it at once. when the book arived I was suprised to see only about half the book was there. I have some pages or parts that I zeroxed while designing something that are not there, infact I am sure much more is missing. while checking on this it may have been the 1992 publication that I am looking for. Why did they leave the best pages out ?
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It's sometimes difficult for contemporary woodworkers to remember that sophisticated and complex carpentry and joinery were routinely practiced centuries before the invention of the measuring tape, the calculator, the computer, power tools and CAD. Over the years, much original traditional woodworking knowledge, practices and techniques have disappeared from the trade and not been passed down through mentors and apprenticeships to modern carpenters and woodworkers.
George Collings, a master carpenter writing in late nineteenth century England, authored his amazing Practical Treatise on Circular Work of Single and Double Curvature in 1886. "The finest examples of circular work in carpentry are found in Georgian and Victorian period architecture. Classical forms were revived during these periods, and the craftsman had to translate into wood the forms that had previously been executed in stone. Techniques of circular layout were developed in England, and passed along from master to apprentice over the decades."(From the Foreword.) A taste for simpler forms with less adornment developed towards the end of the 19th century, followed by the modernist movement of the 1920's. By the Depression era and WWII there was no longer any call for a craftsman with the skills to execute the labor-intensive work in circular joinery that the more elaborate forms required, and the skills and techniques - especially the layout methods - virtually disappeared. Recently, however, an increasing popularity of Victorian reproduction, turrets and rotundas has rekindled an interest in circular work. Collings' work was resurrected and reprinted, with annotations and illustrations to make it more accessible to today's carpenters and woodworkers, by Karl Shumaker in 1992.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barry F. Burke on May 12, 2009
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Anyone who does restoration or reproduction architectual woodworking needs to look at this book. It's a great reference for the old stuff seen with compound curves, curved and rounded doors, etc... A good shelf reference that will come in handy.
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