Five craftsmen discuss the books that have influenced and inspired them
Synopsis: Many woodworkers have been drawn to the craft because of a book. And many a woodworker’s education has come largely from the printed page. So Vincent Laurence of Fine Woodworking asked five woodworkers to discuss the books that have affected them, the books they rely on still, and the books they’d recommend. Laurence adds his own inspiration list. The experts who share their reading lists include Harriet Hodges, Mario Rodriguez, Christian Becksvoort, Ernie Conover, and Alphonse Mattia.
Fresh out of college and working as a carpenter in the Boston area, I was making barely enough money to pay the rent. Still, I’d frequent the Harvard Square bookstores. There, I picked up Ernest Joyce’s Encyclopedia of Furniture Making, the first of Tage Frid’s books on woodworking and many others. After four years of Phenomenology and Existentialism and its ilk, it was refreshing to read how to fold a…