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How To Build Shaker Furniture: The Complete Updated & Improved Classic Paperback – October 6, 2011
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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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About the Author
Tom Moser grew up in Chicago, learning to work with his hands from his father. While in high school, Tom met Mary Wilson, whom he married in 1957. During the early years of their marriage, Tom and Mary supplemented their income by purchasing old furniture, refinishing it in their home workshop, and reselling it. He returned to school earning a bachelor’s of science degree in Speech Education. After graduation, he began teaching English in High School, and eventually earned both his master’s degree and doctorate in Speech Communications, moving on to teach at state colleges in Michigan and New York.
In 1972, Tom left his tenured professorship to turn his woodworking hobby into a career. In April 1973, Tom and Mary launched Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers. What began as an intense exploration of craftsmanship has evolved into a business that employs more than 125 people, and has residential, professional and academic customers worldwide. Tom remains active in the business, along with three of his four sons.
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The book is not without its problems. Moser's writing is clear and enjoyable but the proofreading leaves something to be desired. None of the errors interfere with Moser's text but one expects copy editors to know how to spell and the proper use/non-use of the possessive apostrophe.
One other observation: unlike similar books, the paper in this book has a non-gloss matte finish (which I really like); perhaps as a consequence, the paper is really thin -- durable but thin. It took some time to wrap my head around this.
If you enjoy the aesthetics of Shaker furniture and want to hear from a master woodworker, this will be a valuable addition to your collection.