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Tools of the Trade: The Art and Craft of Carpentry
by Jeff Taylor
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0811812731, Hardcover)Let me be very clear about this: GET THIS BOOK. You may have an interest in hand tools and carpentry, or you may not. But this is a lovingly written book by a gifted storyteller and wit, and a damn entertaining read! It is about interacting with tools, but it is also the author's memoir of delightful characters he has known: teachers, mentors, and personal heroes. Much more than a "how-to" book, it is about a love for humanity, good humor, and creativity. It reads like a novel--and a good one!
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In the best-selling tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, these refreshing and insightful essays from master carpenter Jeff Taylor illuminate the spiritual aspects of working with hand tools. Bound with the look of real wood, this hardcover volume explores the beauty and function of these tried and true instruments and captures the extraordinarily intimate connection between people and their tools. Accompanied by rich, textured photographs of each tool, this simple, elegant, and engaging book is for anyone who enjoys building, fixing, and working with hand tools -- and it makes a handsome addition to any toolbox.
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