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Civil War Woodworking: 17 Authentic Projects for Woodworkers and Reenactors Paperback – February 1, 2010
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The projects run the gamut from extremely simple and easy to ones that will maintain interest for more advanced woodworkers, especially the ones who, in the name of authenticity, choose to do all the work with the types of hand tools available in the mid-19th century. Fortunately for power tool junkies like me, the author offers guidance for practitioners of either mode of construction.
And while all the projects are things that could be used in a battlefield reenactment, many are not limited to that purpose. In addition to being dead easy to make, the Five Board Bench would be as at home in a garden as on the field of Gettysburg. The Officer's Field Desk would make a handy work station for a laptop computer, and the Folding Camp Table is a nice upgrade over the kind one normally sets up in front of the TV as a staging area for snacks.
Two things struck me about this book once I had finished reading it through:
1) It was obvious that Mr. Hamler had performed a great deal of research prior to creating the plans for the projects in this book. The majority of the projects in the book are accompanied by photographs from the time period showing the items in use in the soldier's camps. The addition of these photos helps to add to the authenticity of the project.
2) The majority of the projects in the book are items which are unique to the reenacting hobby. There are many exmaples in the hobby now, where reenactors and sutlers alike have latched on to one example of a period-correct item and mass-produced it to the point that it is over-represented in the hobby. Many of the projects in Mr. Hamler's book provide a means for someone to create a period-correct, yet unique, item for the persona they represent.
I appreciate the level of effort Mr. Hamler has put into the book and look forward to making my first project!
Overall, this book is amazing. Much more than being a "how-to" guide, this book is also a great read. The reader is given a great deal of background on both the war and on reenacting, as well as for each individual project. If you are a civil war reenactor and you want to improve your portrayal by creating furnishings that are both authentic AND useful, then this book is a must.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book, highly recommended. This book belongs on the shelf of everyone that does woodworking, living history and/or reenacting.Published 5 months ago by Davie
Good volume, with many good facts to craft a period correct piece.Published 6 months ago by Duane Westman
The book seems to be a good reference however it fell apart the second time I picked it up to read. I had it less than a week when the pages started falling out from the center. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pamela Phillips
I'm a woodworker and not a reenactor so this book was more a curiosity thing for me. Turns out, I really liked the book and the way the author describes the background of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Happy Ten
Bought it for the Field Officer's Desk Plans, found some other good ones, but a bit pricy for fairly simple a woodworking plan. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jason F.
I'm an amateur wood worker and a Civil War re-enactor, so I figured I'd give this a shot. I didn't think this would be a good reading book, but would be a good book for learning... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Booksmcgee