The Why & How of Woodworking: A Simple Approach to Making Meaningful Work
ISBN: 1631869272
EAN13: 9781631869273
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 18, 2018
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 11" L x 8.8" W
Weight: 2 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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The Why and How of Woodworking reflects the growing appreciation for the handmade, a movement toward simplifying and uncluttering. There is a growing understanding of the need to fill our lives with meaningful and useful objects. How can woodworkers answer that call? Instagram sensation Mike Pekovich explains how to make work that is worth the time and effort it takes to make it, work that makes a difference, and work that will add to the quality of our lives.

  • Explains the basics of woodworking, from choosing lumber with care, cutting joinery accurately, and preparing and finishing the surfaces.
  • A simple approach to building boxes and furniture that are built to last.
  • Includes information on designing and building cabinets, boxes, chests, casework, and tables.

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   You might like it. Needs less Zen and more sawdust
This book has great photos and of course the author's work is flawless. I think the author is not only a meticulous maker, but also one of the best teachers of craft I have seen. I am not sure why, but the book just didn 't grab me. I kind of felt that the combination of amazing photography and perfect joinery made me feel that this kind of perfection is unattainable. I'm sure I'm in the minority with this review, but I just want to be honest. I really like his stuff and have learned a lot from his videos and articles, but the book was a little over the top. I tried to read the whole thing, but I couldn t even read it.
   Make sure to read the description not just the title
I bought this for my husband and he was not very satisfied with it, he said he thought there would be more stuff in the book, maybe like in his videos or something I can 't remember exactly what he said, but he went from being very excited about it to it's now sitting on our old book shelf, never touched again.
   Perfect introduction to the craft, or for anyone that has even the slightest of interest
An inspiring book, Truly. Cover to cover in days, and it speaks to my heart. I have been through much the same journey as the author, having come to many of the same conclusions, while other aspects were more of the eye-opening variety. The wording is a little too romantic for my taste, but it suits the book and sets a certain mood perfect for reading. In any case, it is very well written. Oh, and if you lack for projects, the plans in this book will probably keep your weekend nights in the workshop busy for years. Detailed, masterfully drawn and rendered, easy to follow.
   Perfect title for an excellent book
To me, this book reads like a conversation with a dear friend about his journey as a woodworker. Mr. Pekovich shows us the gist of building most of his most famous pieces, as well as speaking about the design of each piece and how his style has changed over time. Visually, this book is simply stunning, resembling the FWW magazine that the author turned into the world's most beautiful woodworking magazine. This book is by no means a step by step guide to the cutting of different joints, but he does give plenty of hints of how he does things differently than the norm and why. I would love to take a class from the author someday, but after reading this book I feel like I have just taken the first.
   As close to a perfect book on woodworking as you're ever likely to find.
About 6-7 years ago I got into woodworking and have accumulated quite a collection of instructional books. This is one of the best I have ever seen in terms of comprehensiveness, clarity, presentation and well, beauty. It covers all aspects of the craft, from philosophy, to shop tips, wood selection, design considerations, to work methods as well as finishing. You will probably learn something on every page. The book also includes a number of very cool projects that anyone familiar with either Mike's Instagram feed or Fine Woodworking Magazine will recognize. The book provides detailed instructions on how to build several of these projects for the first time, I believe, and I have been fortunate enough to attend several classes taught by Mike. This book should really be bought.
   The most fun I've ever had reading a book about Woodworking!
The quality of the photos and layout was better than expected. The way it is written feels more like a conversation. I can hear the author speaking to me when I read it. I have never read a woodworking book that flowed so well together. To read it, you will have to understand. It helps that I love all the pieces that he was showcasing. It is interesting to learn more about Michael Pekovich and find out that he was just like us. I love that as he wonders about the legends of woodworking, old and new, that he draws inspiration from, I regard him as one of my legends for inspiration and advice. I believe that I have already learned more by reading his words and following his advice than I have seen YouTube and friends in a year. Thank you so much!
   Long before Instagram, Mike was a master woodworker...
It is funny for those of us who have followed Mike's consistent work for years to see him called an instagram sensation '', but I must admit that his IG posts are addictive because they are perfect snapshots of his ongoing quest to produce memorable work. The book is a great achievement. It pays tribute to some of the greats such as James Krenov while methodically taking you through Mike's processes both philosophically and practically. For all current and future furniture makers out there, Mike offers a non-threatening approach in the core themes of design, skills and finishing techniques. Nick D. Benson Gray Oak Wood Arts Fort Collins, CO is a woodworking with Nick D. Benson Gray.
   Inspiring better craftsmanship for all levels
For years, I have been a fan of Mike Pekovich and his beautiful work. He is a very talented craftsman, a brilliant designer and an inspiring teacher. This book brings these properties to the fore. I read and hear him speaking with a clear, calm voice, explaining approaches, techniques, and processes that add together to make woodworkers of all levels better at their craft. The pictures are clean and the overall book has a balance and feel that is as distinctive as his designs.