Another fine book from the perennial writer, Jim Tolpin. Like an increasing number of woodworkers, Mr. Tolpin has found that modern conveniences in woodworking technology have not lived up to their promises. In contemporary woodworking, the trade-off for arriving at one's destination has been the sacrifice of the journey itself. For some, this is acceptable, but for Mr. Tolpin and others the gratification of achieving a goal requires a deeper personal commitment to the process of achieving that goal.
Therefore, Mr. Tolpin represents a new generation of woodworkers who have rediscovered an artful conversation in wood. Not surprisingly to some observers, this has direct connections with the Arts and Crafts movement, the last practitioners of this conversation and the practice of a life lived to a cadence measured by strokes and with exchanges, soft and considered.
Another practitioner in this emerging craft is Chris Schwarz, author of 'The Anarchist's Tool Chest'. Not a writer with the maturity of Mr. Tolpin, but nevertheless a practitioner who also has the courage to set aside the vanities of an alienating technology for the challenge of articulating artistic truth.