A recap of the books I read in 2022.
A conversation with Jim Tolpin. Since 1970 Jim has worked professionally in woodworking as a timber framer, boat finish carpenter, and custom cabinet maker. He’s also been a teacher and a writer, co-founding the Port Townsend School of Woodworking in 2007. Jim has written articles for most of the major woodworking magazines including Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding. He’s also written feature length articles for Coastal Living and Cottage Living magazines. Additionally, he’s written eighteen books that together have sold nearly a million copies. Jim’s latest book, Euclid’s Door, is due out this fall from Lost Art Press.
A conversation with Roy Underhill. Roy is best known as the host of the PBS series The Woodwright’s Shop and the many books that followed. While working in television he also served as Master HouseWright for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where he and his crew recreated the work of 18th century carpenters and joiners - much like playing early music on the original instruments. Roy now runs The Woodwright’s School in North Carolina, dedicated to historically-informed woodworking.
It goes without saying that 2020 was a weird year for all of us but in many ways, it allowed me the time to read a lot more than I have in most years previously. The launch of The Deckle Edge Podcast helped too, as I try and read everything I can the author has … Continue reading 2020 Books Read in Review
Joshua A. Klein is editor-in-chief of Mortise & Tenon Magazine. He has been selected for the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts from 2015-2020 for his authentic approach to period furniture making, and has presented about historic craftsmanship at museums around the United States. He has written articles for Popular Woodworking and American Period Furniture, and is … Continue reading Joshua Klein
An interview with Brendan Bernhard Gaffney about his upcoming book, "James Krenov: Leave Fingerprints" published by Lost Art Press.
Wine Folly by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack In my younger days I was a beer aficionado. Not a beer snob, per se, but a person who enjoyed beer of many styles and many brewers. From a Bud Ice Light to a Chimay...there was a time and place in my life for it. But then … Continue reading Wine Folly: The Master Guide by Madeline Puckett and Justin Hammack
Body of Water by Chris Dombrowski Like a glass smooth, cerulean flat stretching to the Caribbean sun, Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish by Chris Dombrowski is deceptively simple above the surface but complex, moving, and alive below. On its surface, Body of Water is a history of … Continue reading Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish by Chris Dombrowski
The Ship's Carpenter by D. E. Stockman The Ship’s Carpenter by D. E. Stockman is an historical novel set in France and England, primarily in the 1740s, as those two countries wage war at sea. The title refers to the character Abraham Robinson, an English shipwright who leaves for France in search of work during … Continue reading The Ship’s Carpenter by D. E. Stockman
Chop Wood, Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf Chop Wood, Carry Water: How to Fall in Love With the Process of Becoming Great by Joshua Medcalf is an odd little book with an important message. Why is the book odd? Because it set at a samurai school but uses Kobe Bryant and Diet Coke as illustrations, … Continue reading Chop Wood, Carry Water: How to Fall in Love With the Process of Becoming Great by Joshua Medcalf