Title: Furniture by Design: Design, Construction, &...
Publisher: Lyons Pr
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed Like new hardback and jacket except for owner's embossed seal and purchase date on half-title page. Signed by author on title page. Text is clean, unmarked, tight. (Shelf location: BH) All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling. Tracking included. Bookseller Inventory # 040595
Synopsis: Furniture By Design is a project book for the woodworker, but one that goes beyond traditional woodworking manuals to teach design concepts through carefully selected, hands-on projects the woodworker builds himself. This book is for the woodworker who is not content merely to build from preset plans; instead, it offers projects that will show how the designs originate and take shape, giving the woodworker the freedom to build anything, with or without plans. The book presents a dozen different pieces of furniture, each illustrated with detailed line drawings and each final product pictured in full color. Every project exemplifies a different lesson in design - making the book a self teaching course in woodworking and furniture design for amateurs and experienced woodworkers alike. (8 3/4 X 11 1/4, 156 pages, color photos, diagrams)
Review: Unlike a lot of woodworking and furniture design books, Graham Blackburn does not just lay out the plans and dimensions and list the materials and tell you what to do. Instead, he discusses, in a very literate way, the basic tenets of design and furniture making, and writes with respect for the reader's ability to understand and succeed in designing his or her own furniture. He encourages the would-be furniture designer to work with materials at hand, not just the finest (and most exhorbitantly expensive) hardwoods, and treats furniture design and construction not as a goal, but as a process, using one's brains and one's hands to create one's own singular and pleasing furniture. An unusual approach and a very satisfying read.
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