- Series: Popular Woodworking
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books (August 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558708294
- ISBN-13: 978-1558708297
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Sculpted Band Saw Boxes: Design, Inspiration & Construction (Popular Woodworking) Paperback – August 18, 2008
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About the Author
Lois Ventura has been woodworking most of her life, and is trained as an artist and photographer. Her boxes are featured in the homes of collectors the world over. She is the author of the bestseller Building Beautiful Boxes with Your Band Saw.
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Top Customer Reviews
Having read and used her earlier book on bandsaw boxes, I looked forward to more designs and insight. Ms. Ventura, it is mentioned in the book, appears to have had a recent medical setback that has kept her out of the shop as much as she would like. It looks like two other very accomplished box makers consulted with her and completed the book as a kind of team effort. At least that's the impression I got. Don't we all wish we had friends and colleagues like that!
If you need step by step details and the reasons behind certain approaches, I would highly recommend the first book, "Building Beautiful Boxes with your Bandsaw." If you are familiar with the general ideas of bandsaw box building, are an experienced woodworker, or have read the earlier book, this book will pick you up and move you forward.
The directions for the boxes are abbreviated in comparison with the first book but there are several new designs to try. That's what I was looking for so I took it and ran.
I still have several that I plan to try out and getting a good handful of useful designs is how I value a book in this genre.
The book doesn't have the "mystique" of the first one where you feel like you are truly being let in on a secret as well as her committment to her craft. Since other authors are contributing, I don't think that could be avoided.
Also, in the world of woodcraft there is a fine line on copyright protection. Ms. Ventura said in the first and again in the second that these designs are intended for personal use and gifting but not for use for profit. In this one area I kind of got the idea that she might have been publishing some designs to get them out there where she can say, "Look, see that one was mine!" I guess in today's business world it is an essential thing to do.
I hope that the alluded to medical concerns are in the past and that woodworkers all over will use this book to further enjoy boxmaking!
The students, at first, don't think they are capable of making such a wonderful project but there are no disappointment and all of the designs have been achieved over the many years I have been using this book. I have had a number of them make the one on the front of the cover. I even had the chance to make one for myself.
I am so pleased that I decided to get this book and her first one too. Good designs and lovely to look at. Great gift or craft show ideas. Plus, in my case, I have received many hugs from moms who are thrilled they got the box as a gift from their child. Dads. flat out, drop their jaw, and are speechless. That says it all doesn't it?
There are many more beatiful boxes with lots of new ideas on shapes and the use of wood laminates to dress them up. Good ideas inspire other good ideas and that is part of the charm of the book. It will make you want to get to the shop and start work on your next project.