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Measure Twice, Cut Once: Lessons from a…

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Lessons from a Master Carpenter

by Norm Abram

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If you’re anything like me and you’ve ever watched an episode of This Old House, you will find it both mesmerizing and engaging. Master carpenter Norm Abram would spend each episode guiding the viewer through a woodworking construction project, giving helpful tips and tricks for doing the job correctly the first time. Measure Twice, Cut Once, a collection of his short essays, is much the same way. He talks about growing up in a carpentry family (his father and grandfather each built their own homes), his relationship with the craft, and his impressions on different tools and techniques. This short book covers a lot of basics, from which tools work better in different situations to how past jobs have led to current techniques when on a project. This book actually got me thinking of which tools I have in my toolbox and how to best use them. Luckily, Abram stays away from the sappy and lands this collection squarely in the realm of the sentimental. For anyone looking for casual information about classic carpentry or a quick jolt of folksy-ish memoir, this one should not disappoint. ( )
  NielsenGW | May 15, 2014 |
Substance: Invaluable advice on carpentry and tools. Application of maxims to other areas of life.
Style: Anecdotal memoir. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 12, 2011 |
Norm Abrams is a pro in the shop, but he's no bard. The language is clunky and the information doesn't flow. But, if you can look beyond all that, there's lots of good information in here. ( )
  horacewimsey | Dec 16, 2008 |
You will learn more about Norm Abram and life from this book than you will about carpentry. While talking about basic principles of carpentry, Abram explores the experiences that shaped his life and his philosophy. It is engaging and personal. I have it filed in my philosophy section, rather than in carpentry. It is a wonderful book. ( )
  hermit_9 | Jan 19, 2008 |
Norm, from This Old House, gives lots of sage advice on building homes and other aspects of carpentry. I found the book very useful. ( )
  all4metals | Aug 25, 2007 |
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