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The Art and Craft of Wood shows you how to mill, stack, dry, and flatten a log into useable lumber and build a variety of household furnishings. Trees are all around us. They provide shade, beautify our neighborhoods, filter our water, and clean our air, but when they die, we often don't know what to do with them. Now you can learn the skills to reclaim those trees as lumb The Art and Craft of Wood shows you how to mill, stack, dry, and flatten a log into useable lumber and build a variety of household furnishings. Trees are all around us. They provide shade, beautify our neighborhoods, filter our water, and clean our air, but when they die, we often don't know what to do with them. Now you can learn the skills to reclaim those trees as lumber. Perfect for the woodworking hobbyist, The Art and Craft of Wood introduces readers to the basics of wood craft.   The Art and Craft of Wood will inspire you to make something of your own through simple, step-by-step photos. As a reader, you will learn valuable skills, including: Where to find wood that you can reclaim for your own use How to mill, stack, dry, and flatten your log into useable lumber Create a variety of useful household furnishings in 7 step-by-step projects ranging in difficulty from novice to more complicated What to do with leftover material, such as making firestarters and animal bedding Authors Silas Kyler and David Hildreth are also the filmmakers behind the documentary Felled, a film about giving new life to urban trees; they have lived the process of refining wood. The Art and Craft of Wood is their guide to you!


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The Art and Craft of Wood shows you how to mill, stack, dry, and flatten a log into useable lumber and build a variety of household furnishings. Trees are all around us. They provide shade, beautify our neighborhoods, filter our water, and clean our air, but when they die, we often don't know what to do with them. Now you can learn the skills to reclaim those trees as lumb The Art and Craft of Wood shows you how to mill, stack, dry, and flatten a log into useable lumber and build a variety of household furnishings. Trees are all around us. They provide shade, beautify our neighborhoods, filter our water, and clean our air, but when they die, we often don't know what to do with them. Now you can learn the skills to reclaim those trees as lumber. Perfect for the woodworking hobbyist, The Art and Craft of Wood introduces readers to the basics of wood craft.   The Art and Craft of Wood will inspire you to make something of your own through simple, step-by-step photos. As a reader, you will learn valuable skills, including: Where to find wood that you can reclaim for your own use How to mill, stack, dry, and flatten your log into useable lumber Create a variety of useful household furnishings in 7 step-by-step projects ranging in difficulty from novice to more complicated What to do with leftover material, such as making firestarters and animal bedding Authors Silas Kyler and David Hildreth are also the filmmakers behind the documentary Felled, a film about giving new life to urban trees; they have lived the process of refining wood. The Art and Craft of Wood is their guide to you!

54 review for The Art and Craft of Wood: A Practical Guide to Harvesting, Choosing, Reclaiming, Preparing, Crafting, and Building with Raw Wood

  1. 5 out of 5

    The Cobbler's Daughter

    This book is the meat and potatoes of crafting with wood. Every level will be able to work with wood after reading this book. The photos are beautifully illustrated and the instructions are easy to read. I can't wait to get started on my first big project! In the meantime I plan on using these techniques for some minor projects like a wood platter and coasters. This book is the meat and potatoes of crafting with wood. Every level will be able to work with wood after reading this book. The photos are beautifully illustrated and the instructions are easy to read. I can't wait to get started on my first big project! In the meantime I plan on using these techniques for some minor projects like a wood platter and coasters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    The Art and Craft of Wood by Silas J. Kyler & David Hildreth is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-June. Used as a kinetic/visual accompaniment to their documentary feature, Felled (which deals in the author's reclaiming and working with urban wood), this book gives direct instructions (in a sort of Esquire/Men's Health font and list format) and simple (yet heirloom-worthy) projects to those who are willing and visionary enough to reach out and use wood sourced from urban trees (cutting it The Art and Craft of Wood by Silas J. Kyler & David Hildreth is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-June. Used as a kinetic/visual accompaniment to their documentary feature, Felled (which deals in the author's reclaiming and working with urban wood), this book gives direct instructions (in a sort of Esquire/Men's Health font and list format) and simple (yet heirloom-worthy) projects to those who are willing and visionary enough to reach out and use wood sourced from urban trees (cutting it down to slicing a log through the center to seasoning and varnishing, right down to the final sanding of a nearly-finished item).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Widmaier

    This is a thoughtful, beautifully crafted book. The explanations and step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, and the illustrations are helpful. Make no mistake, you can't just pick up this book and start woodworking immediately. There's too much information to absorb! But I think this makes a great manual for dedicated new enthusiasts. Using reclaimed wood for the projects is also a plus. This is a thoughtful, beautifully crafted book. The explanations and step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, and the illustrations are helpful. Make no mistake, you can't just pick up this book and start woodworking immediately. There's too much information to absorb! But I think this makes a great manual for dedicated new enthusiasts. Using reclaimed wood for the projects is also a plus.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I wasn't sure I would enjoy this book but it was recommended so I gave it a try. I'm so happy I did. It contains a wealth of information on woodworking but easy to read. There are many photo illustrations and projects to make. I love their idea of using urban wood instead of just sending it to the landfill or compost. I wasn't sure I would enjoy this book but it was recommended so I gave it a try. I'm so happy I did. It contains a wealth of information on woodworking but easy to read. There are many photo illustrations and projects to make. I love their idea of using urban wood instead of just sending it to the landfill or compost.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    When this says it is the art and craft of wood it means it. From cutting your first tree to finished projects this books takes you through it all. Its comprehensive, laid out in a nice and understandable way, and includes plenty of pictures and graphics.

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