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Building Beautiful Boxes with Your Band Saw Paperback – March 1, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
There are fourteen projects in the book, complete with patterns and finishing instructions. The author takes you through all the steps to complete one of the projects, including design aspects, choosing the wood, a list of necessary materials, and suggested mail order sources.
The book is filled with color photos that show every stage of the project, making it very interesting and easy to understand the text.
I have a large number of "how to" woodworking books and I would rate this one as being one of the best!
Best book I've ever purchased. And yes, her listed designs are similar to each other. That is because she is working within a style. She creates flowing natural shapes that are inspired by the nature that brings us the materials we use. As no straight lines and right angles appear in nature, neither do they in her designs.
In the 4 years since I have bought this book, I no longer build Ventura-style patterns (since so many others are doing them and not giving Lois credit). But I am using her techniques to great effect with my own patterns. With the slightest imagination, you can develop your own patterns. I do cars, trucks, semis, animals, butterflies and more things. Creativity is crucial to avoiding the slow death of repetition that plagues woodworking. This book is no exception. And I continue to give this book 5/5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful, I made 1 box from 1 of the patterns in the book, turned out greatPublished 1 month ago by T. Washington
this is a nice book. The author definitely has artistic sensibilities. her designs are interesting if not the most functional. Read morePublished 2 months ago by wilson
Lois Ventura's beautiful organic designs, when realized in wood, become very desirable keepsakes. The book is well organized with detailed instructions and excellent illustrations... Read morePublished 2 months ago by RP
Book looks good with easy to follow instructions. Have not had time yet to try a project.Published 3 months ago by J. L. Paris
I have only been making band saw boxes for a little while. Ms. Ventura's book is a wonderful resource. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charlie
This is a great book. The detail is astonishing. The tips Lois gives throughout the book are extremely helpful. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gregory Joseph
This book provides such wonderful how to's that I can't wait to get started.Published 10 months ago by Ricki