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Asa Christiana’s “Build Stuff With Wood”

There is no question what this book is about. The title is super direct; super simple: Build Stuff With Wood. Asa Christiana’s new book from Taunton Press could one day become a “must have” book for aspiring woodworkers. Why? The mission of this book is to help woodworking newbies gain confidence and new skills by building stuff that looks good and requires only basic tools. This isn’t a book about building bird houses (not that there is anything wrong with that). Rather the projects are simple, varied and have been designed with a dose of style. Yet, the thirteen projects are a natural progression of skill and material choice and are meant to move the woodworker along in his/her path with sawdust. Asa Christiana is best known for his time as editor of Fine Woodworking magazine. As such Asa rubbed elbows with some of the finest woodworkers around. Hence the forward by Nick Offerman who wrote the cover article for Fine Woodworking #222, Nov/Dec, 2012. Concerning Asa, Nick Offerman compared the editor of perhaps the …

“Making Things Work” – Woodworking Wisdom From Nancy Hiller

I like Instagram. In an Instagram vs. Facebook comparison, I’d say with Instagram, I can easily tailor what I see to better match my personal interests. But when adding a quick comment to an Instagram image, I try hard to avoid one word compliments like “Awesome!” or “Nice!” As I sat down to start this review of Nancy Hiller’s recent book Making Things Work, I kept wanting to use the word “fascinating.” I’ve been trying to come up with some other equal, yet multiple word description, but sometimes the simple approach is best. So, I’ll leave it as fascinating, which Making Things Work truly is. Fascinating can sometimes be viewed as an over-the-top kind of word; but Nancy’s book tells the story of an over-the-top woodworker. The sacrifices and struggles Nancy has endured to remain a professional woodworker can cause one to shake their head in disbelief. Her determination to stick with high-end woodworking when it would be so easy to do something else is not to be taken lightly. Over-the-top, and I think every …