With the Grain

With the Grain A little knowledge about trees goes a long way toward improving your woodworking You don t need a degree in dendrology to build a desk But you do need intimate knowledge of how our raw material grows

  • Title: With the Grain
  • Author: Christian Becksvoort
  • ISBN: 9780985077747
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A little knowledge about trees goes a long way toward improving your woodworking.You don t need a degree in dendrology to build a desk But you do need intimate knowledge of how our raw material grows and importantly how it responds to its environment after it has been cut and dried.This knowledge allows you to tame the wood into the shapes that you have envisioneA little knowledge about trees goes a long way toward improving your woodworking.You don t need a degree in dendrology to build a desk But you do need intimate knowledge of how our raw material grows and importantly how it responds to its environment after it has been cut and dried.This knowledge allows you to tame the wood into the shapes that you have envisioned in your head And it ensures that your furniture will endure the seasons and age with grace and aplomb.That is we are particularly pleased to announce the latest book from Lost Art Press With the Grain A Craftsman s Guide to Understanding Wood by Christian Becksvoort This is the book about wood that we wished we d had when we started woodworking.It is, above all, succinct, easy to understand and perfectly suited for the furniture maker As important as what is in its 144 pages is what is not It s not a detailed analysis of cell growth It is not a heap of tables and equations for figuring truss loads in residential construction It is decidedly not a scientist s approach to the material.Instead, With the Grain contains the facts you need to know at the lumberyard, in the woodlot and in the shop It gives you enough science so you understand how trees grow It explains the handful of formulas you have to know as a furniture maker And it gives you a hearty dose of specific information about North American species that will inspire you Becksvoort encourages you to use the trees in your neighborhood and makes the case that just because you cannot find catalpa at the lumberyard doesn t mean it s not a good furniture wood.You ll learn to identify the trees around you from their silhouette, leaves and shoots And you ll learn about how these species work in the shop both their advantages and pitfalls.Becksvoort then takes you into a detailed discussion of how wood reacts to it environment the heart of the book You ll learn how to calculate and accommodate wood movement with confidence and precision And you ll learn how to design furniture assemblies casework, drawers, doors and moulding so they will move with the seasons without cracking.There s also a chapter on how to manage a small forest or copse of trees how to care for them, encourage them to thrive and harvest them You ll learn the basics of cutting, stacking and drying the wood, if you should ever have the privilege of harvesting your own lumber.

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    1. Great resource for woodworking, especially as a general wood guide. Identification, uses, wood notes. It took me a long time to finish it because I wasn't interested in the cabinetry section at the end. But everything else was just super compelling, and useful, and interesting. Including a nice section on steam bending. And woodlot management.

    2. This is a good book for any woodworker to read. Have not decided whether to buy it or not yet.The quality of the physical book is fantastic.

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