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Old Ways of Working Wood: The Techniques and Tools of a Time Honored Craft Hardcover – February 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Books; Revised edition (February 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785807101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785807100
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alex W. Bealer was an advertising executive in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was a collector of old tools, an expert on old crafts, and a skilled woodworker and blacksmith.  He is the author of The Art of Blacksmithing, Only the Names Remain, The Picture-Skin Story, and The Successful Craftsman.

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My Dad loved this book!
Beverly Hughes
The writer does a great job of explaining how to actually use some vintage tools - such as an adze, broadaxe, drawknife, etc.
magnidude@aol.com
This book also has easy to understand illustrations of every subject discussed.
old school prepper

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By magnidude@aol.com on August 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you are fascinated by old woodworking tools, this book is a must. A history and evolution of woodworking puts it all in perspective. The book is adequately illustrated (line drawings - no photos). The writer does a great job of explaining how to actually use some vintage tools - such as an adze, broadaxe, drawknife, etc. Surprisingly, some old technology has simply has not been improved upon, and this book will help the modern woodworker rediscover those forgotten secrets.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By old school prepper on May 14, 2011
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If you could have only one book on primitive wood working tools and skill sets, this would be " that book ". It's a hard cover with good layman definitions and instructions on how and why the tools and skill sets were used and the evolution of both. This book also has easy to understand illustrations of every subject discussed. This was the first book that I bought on the subject. Every other book that I have purchased on primitive wood working has paled in comparison. A great book, one of my most cherished.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Hughes on January 19, 2013
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My Dad loved this book! It was a Christmas gift. He was sick at the time and is very interested in the way things were accomplished before the modern equipment that he uses. He loaned it to someone who would have never returned it, and I drove to the man's house to retrieve it. There are not many things that my Dad would sit and read other than his Bible and equipment manuals, but this was a perfect gift!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Burritt on January 26, 2010
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Book does a good job of describing the use of a wide variety of hand tools for the cutting and shaping of wood for everything from fence posts to furniture. Diagrams could have been larger with less shading so that the details of the tools was clearer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Smith on April 20, 2011
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The illustrations, which are drawn by Mr. Bealer, are not at the level of Eric Sloane, but there is a lot of information in the book for the tooliophile (is that a word?). It also seems that much of the information that Mr. Bealer presents in the book was gleaned by actually speaking to the old timers who practiced the crafts of old. Books like this do help to see to it that our history is not lost to technological progress and who knows, some of this information may be good to have in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jdubois on June 10, 2013
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This is a good read, and more in depth than I expected. I feel like you can learn the basics of these old professions from the depth of this book. I've actually successfully built an old tool described and diagramed in this book. The only down side to this book, is that it's so in depth it can drag at times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph E. Whimple on March 18, 2013
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If you want to learn about the ways of working with wood with the old hand tools and make excellent projects this book will be very helpful to you. I am happy I purchased this book and recommend it to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg on March 7, 2013
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Excellent author. If you also get the Art of Blacksmithing you could rebuild a civilisation from scratch. This man walks the talk. His books will always be cherished.
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