From Library Journal
Traditional American furniture styles have enjoyed an enduring popularity, which makes titles about them ideal choices for most collections. Lang offers measured drawings of 27 examples of Craftsman furniture designed by Gustav Stickley. Because they were created by measuring actual Craftsman antiques, these drawings will prove invaluable to those interested in historical accuracy. Designs for chairs, bookcases, tables, and beds are included, each with a bill of materials and a number of illustrations. A section on woodworking techniques and materials rounds out this title. Moser's work covers over 50 projects, based on the Shaker style, that unlike Lang's are not absolute reproductions but either near facsimiles or Moser's own adaptations. Designs include furnishings of all types, from small household items to major pieces of furniture. In the first half of the text, Moser provides an excellent introduction to the Shaker style and the techniques required to reproduce it. The balance consists of measured drawings of each item. Both titles are excellent; Lang receives the nod if one is interested in historical accuracy, while Moser offers a wider range of projects for woodworkers of all skill levels.
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From the Back Cover
Craftsman, Arts & Crafts, Mission - here are 27 examples of the sturdy, straightforward, and immensely popular oak furniture designed by Gustav Stickley and his associates early in the 20th Century. These new drawings have been carefully checked against original Stickley catalogs and antiques. Each project includes a perspective view along with elevations, sections, details, complete measurements, and a cutting list. This book gives today's woodworkers the heart of the Craftsman aesthetic along with all the information needed for success in the workshop. Robert W. Lang is a cabinetmaker and draftsman living in Ohio. His books include Shop Drawings for Craftsman Interiors, and More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture, also published by Cambium Press.