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Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture: 23 American Arts and Crafts Masterpieces Paperback – February 1, 2007
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The actual measured drawings are just that as they lack certain pertinent construction details. I am a fairly skilled woodworker, having started the craft at the age of fourteen and have continued until today, even after a successful career in architecture; and what I have concluded is that this book was hurriedly put together to meet some preset deadline. It is my opinion that if more time and thought was given by the author to the details it would have resulted in a much better book.
So I am sorely disappointed with the contents and the lack of detailing and would not recommend this book to anyone but very experienced woodworkers. Mr. Lang has missed the mark this time and what a pity.
The second section is the measured drawings. I have mixed feelings about this section. Mr. Lang tells us that he really wants the reader to think hard about the furniture before beginning construction. Therefore, he provides the minimum necessary infomation.
I disagree. I am purchasing this book because I want my life to be easy. I've built many pieces of furniture from drawings and it would be so very nice to have dimensions that are repeated instead of flipping pages.
Mr. Lang does this because he learned mechanical drafting, where each dimension is provided only once. In mechanical drafting this is important because of tolerance stacking. But tolerance stacking is not an issue with furniture. He writes that he can make mistakes in his drawings and he wants us to verify his measurements. Wonderful (voice dripping with sarcasm). So, I am left flipping pages again.
Now, for specific criticisms. The drawings for the Gamble Chiffonier are woefully inadequate if the reader wants to reproduce this. First, there are no dimensions provided for the mirror assembly on top. The reader is left to determine the dimensions from the scale printed on the bottom of the page. I find this utterly unacceptable. These are supposed to be measured drawings--why keep the measurements a secret? The drawings in the book are too small to get accurate dimensions.Read more ›
If you are a serious student of design, measured drawings are an invaluable resource. A feel for the balance and proportion of a design is essential in understanding that design. Nothing does that better than good 2-D elevations.
Bob's book provides much more information than just the measured drawings though. For the G&G enthusiast, it goes a long ways in furthering the study of Greene & Greene furniture. A must have!
author of Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop
The book itself is very nicely printed on heavy gloss paper, with a number of color photographs - really a very nice book. There is quite a lot of introductory material - much more than in his other measured drawings books. I think that this book should be used in conjunction with the Darrel Peart books, and other material, such as the many photograph collection books on Greene and Greene.
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I really like this book. We just bought a house and I am going to make or replace all the furniture with G&G inspired designs. Read morePublished 9 days ago by kindle user
The book had several very useful suggestions for techniques in construction of pieces not limited to G&G style but applicable to any style. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very good book. I own it and all the companion books by Lang. I have used them to construct furniture, like Stickley tables, chairs, and case goods. Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. Loftus
a good read, but not much of a guide for creating G&G furnishings.Published 18 months ago by Alan E. Borg
I bought this book as a companion to Darrell Peart's book on how to make the details. If you are going to replicated any of the designs you will need both books. Read morePublished 21 months ago by William L Cooley
This is probably for professional woodworkers. However, I do appreciate these quality designs.Published 21 months ago by Volare