The Woodwright’s Guide
The Woodwright’s Guide: Working Wood with Wedge & Edge by Roy Underhill
The University of North Carolina Press, 2008.
$35.00 cloth; $22.50 paper; 192 pp.
This book follows woodcraft from the forest, through the woodworking trades, ending with a handmade artifact. Author and PBS host, Roy Underhill explores nine different trades including: faller, countryman and cleaver, hewer, log-builder, sawyer, carpenter, joiner, turner, and cabinetmaker. In The Woodwright’s Guide each trade introduces new tools and techniques that set the stage for subsequent chapters. The book is illustrated by Roy’s daughter Eleanor, with details of hand tools and techniques. Finally, included in the book are detailed plans for making a foot-powered lathe, workbench, shaving horse and taps and dies for wood screws.