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With the Grain: A Craftsman’s Guide to Understanding Wood by Christian Becksvoort
$ 38
A true craftsman needs to understand his medium, and few understand wood better than Christian Becksvoort, a modern master whose Shaker-influenced pieces are showcases. Becksvoort makes all his pieces by hand, and he’s written the only guide to wood selection, characteristics, and behavior (without unnecessary technical jargon) that a furniture maker is likely ever to need. With the Grain covers ow the tree behaves once it’s been cut down and processed, either through splitting or sawing, into lumber.
Perhaps the most valuable part of the book deals with the way wood reacts in the real world—that is to say, expanding and contracting based on changing seasons and climate conditions—and how to accommodate that movement in your designs to ensure your pieces don’t crack or warp. That’s essential knowledge for pros and hobbyists alike. Printed and bound in the United States, With the Grain features a sewn binding and green cotton cover and measures 8 1/2” x 11”.
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