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The New Traditional Woodworker: From Tool Set to Skill Set to Mind Set (Popular Woodworking) Paperback – May 4, 2011
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About the Author
Jim Tolpin has been a woodworker for more than 30 years and has written a dozen books on the subject, selling more than 750,000 copies. He teaches woodworking for a living at his school, The Port Townsend School of Woodworking.
Top Customer Reviews
You get theory and practical advice on tool and material selection, and a number of practical projects to get started on building hand woodworking skills and knowledge. The only thing better would be to attend the school Mr. Tolpin teaches at, but for those of use with limited recourses or time, this is a good start. Highly recommended.
I just attended a week long class from Mr. Tolpin called "Hand Tool Heaven." The class is based on this book The New Traditional Woodworker. It was amazing. Techniques are presented showing how to tune, sharpen & use hand tools as they were operated in the preindustrial era. Skills are taught and then developed by the making of tools, jigs, fixtures and other projects. The book is well researched and presented. Directions are easy to follow. Develop a new mind set. Learn how to work wood, not machine it. I highly recommend this book. In fact I now have some machines for sale if any one is interested.
I have finished about half of the book and so far, I love it. It builds one project at a time and attempts to improve your skills with a few techniques and tools before moving onto a slightly more aggressive project introducing new materials.
I would recommend this for beginners. I wouldn't know how good it is for those beyond that skill-level.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read and project book for anyone developing a home woodworking or furniture work shop. Good advise and ideas, and some practical projects for developing skills, and for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Student
This is a great book. Straight forward explanations with good photography. The projects in the book are easy and come out quite nice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by WiseGuy81
I read this out curiosity as someone who usually refinished Gunstocks and furniture. The various gig projects and notes on hand tool selection was useful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Covers a vast amount of material. Wish it would have provided a list of standard tools to start with as traditional woodworking tools can be very pricy.Published 4 months ago by Devon Deda
Tolpin provides an eloquent argument for hand work. Peaceful joy come through vividly in his embrace of family, quiet freedom and afternoon sun. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joe CO
I borrowed this book from the local public library, so my review is based on that.
Firstly: the book concentrates on really high end tools. Read more