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Handwork in Wood   By: (1862-1928)

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In "Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes, readers are provided with a comprehensive and invaluable guide to the fundamental techniques and skills required for successful woodworking. Through this book, Noyes captures the essence of woodworking as an art form while emphasizing the importance of precision, patience, and attention to detail.

One of the highlights of this book is Noyes' meticulous explanation of various woodworking tools, their proper usage, and maintenance. Whether it is discussing the intricacies of chisels or the versatility of planes, Noyes' expertise shines through every page. He leaves no stone unturned, ensuring that readers gain a thorough understanding of each tool's purpose and potential.

Furthermore, Noyes guides readers through the step-by-step process of woodworking projects, offering practical advice and helpful tips along the way. From basic joints to more complex designs, he covers a wide range of woodwork, providing detailed instructions that are easy to follow for beginners and experienced woodworkers alike.

What sets "Handwork in Wood" apart is the author's emphasis on the artistic aspect of woodworking. Noyes champions the notion that woodworking is not just about constructing functional objects; it is a creative outlet that allows individuals to express their passion and vision. His appreciation for the aesthetics of woodwork is evident, encouraging readers to develop their own unique style.

Another notable aspect of this book is the inclusion of illustrations and diagrams. Noyes understands the value of visual aids when it comes to teaching woodworking techniques. The illustrations effectively complement the written content, allowing readers to visualize the processes and better comprehend the concepts discussed.

While "Handwork in Wood" covers a wide range of topics, it could benefit from further exploration of advanced woodworking techniques. However, as an introductory guide, Noyes strikes an excellent balance between accessibility and depth. The book serves as a solid foundation for anyone seeking to embark on a woodworking journey, offering guidance and inspiration at every turn.

In conclusion, "Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes is a timeless and essential resource for aspiring woodworkers. Noyes' expertise, coupled with his passion for the craft, makes this book an excellent choice for both beginners and those with intermediate skills. By combining technical knowledge, practical advice, and a focus on artistic expression, Noyes has crafted a book that will undoubtedly become a staple in the world of woodworking literature.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Arts. Teachers College, Columbia University New York City


The Manual Arts Press Peoria, Illinois

Copyright William Noyes 1910

To my students past present and future a token of gratitude for help and inspiration


This book is intended primarily for teachers of woodwork, but the author hopes that there will also be other workers in wood, professional and amateur, who will find in it matter of interest and profit.

The successful completion of the book is due chiefly to the untiring assistance of my wife, Anna Gausmann Noyes, who has made almost all of the drawings, corrected the text, read the proof, and attended to numberless details.

Acknowledgments are hereby thankfully given for corrections and suggestions in the text made by the following persons:

Mr. Chas. W. Weick of Teachers College, and Mr. W. F. Vroom of Public School No. 5, of New York City, for revision of Chapters IV and V on tools and fastenings.

Mr. Clinton S. VanDeusen of Bradley Polytechnic Institute, for revision of Chapter X on wood finishing.

The Forest Service, Washington, D. C. for the originals of Figs. 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 33, and 54... Continue reading book >>

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