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Country Woodcraft Hardcover – May, 1978

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press; Later prt. edition (May 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878572007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878572007
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Schuler on August 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Langsner's book is one of the finest and most comprehensible woodworking guides on the market. Langsner writes with an enthusiasm and clarity that keeps the reading engaging, though the book is more interesting to readers with at least rudimentary experience with woodworking. Most importantly, he is not so vague that his projects could not be duplicated by an amateur, but he is not so detailed as to discourage innovation. He uses hand tools almost exclusively, so don't expect directions on using a table saw or drill press. The author has included chapters on making shaving horses, milking stools, tables, brooms, hay rakes, wooden spoons and harrows, and his wife has added chapters on basketry and other crafts. Pictures and illustrations are in black-and-white, but they are well-placed and nicely illustrate the components of the project, as well as the finished item. I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in making wooden items with hand tools.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Sweet on May 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I picked this hardback book up for 25 cents brand new. What a buy. I was surprised how good this book is. It is a good history, archaeological AND woodworking piece. Very good detailed information on building projects. Not a gloss-over explanation. You don't have to be a primitive woodworker to enjoy this. I am a woodcarver/woodworker using machines and hand tools. I did not feel like this was a step back but a large step forward. Very good writing and illustrations. A very good book.
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By Daniel on April 17, 2015
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An excellent book if your interested in taking a project from tree to finished project. Some info is dated(some companies he lists, and some tool models ie his stihl .020 chainsaw)but most is timeless. It has a touch of "back to nature" feel as per the era, but I enjoyed that as well. Overall an enjoyable winter night's read and a useful, practical guide to the how's and why's of basic woodworking.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Norsehorse on December 24, 2009
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An interesting how to on the use of old time hand tools and the projects they were used for. A wonderful look at how some of the old wooden articals were made by hand and the proper use of the hand tools to construct them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Wyatt on April 14, 2013
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This book is great. It reminds me of the proper ways to sharpen my tools and gives me detailed instructions on how to do projects I've wanted to do. What more could I ask for.
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Such an incredible book. Drew's fervor jumps out and the detail is meticulous in both the contextual aspects regarding the heritage of woodcraft, but the how-to aspects as well. Another must have in my opinion.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Turner on March 16, 2012
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Very good publication. Much better than the Roy Underhill book with more detail and much better pictures regarding the construction of various projects.
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