Astragal Press books on antique tools and more






Roy Underhill

Order Number: VAP225...........$27.00
The Woodwright's Shop
A Practical Guide to Traditional Woodcraft
Combining historical background, folklore, alternative technology, and humor, this is a source of general information and a detailed introduction to traditional woodworking. Beginning with a guide to trees and tools, it includes chapters on gluts and mauls, shaving horses, rakes, chairs, weaving wood, hay forks, dough bowls, lathes, blacksmithing, dovetails, panel-frame construction, log houses, and timber-frame construction.
211 pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11", © 1981

Order Number: VAP226.......$27.00
The Woodwright's Companion
Exploring Traditional Woodcraft
This volume features chapters on helves and handles, saws, the search for the whetstone quarry, crow chasers and turkey calls, hurdles, whimmy diddles, snaplines and marking gauges, candle stands, planes, window sash, riven shingles, and pit sawing. The final chapter offers a glimpse of traditional woodworking techniques still used by the Colonial Williamsburg housewrights.
203 pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11", © 1983

Order Number: VAP227...........$27.00
The Woodwright's Workbook
Further Explorations in Traditional Woodcraft

This book features step-by-step instructions for a selection of projects. All projects are illustrated with photographs and measured drawings. Included here are plans for tool chests, workbenches, lathes, and historical reproductions of items for the home: a six-board chest, rustic chairs with cattail seats, a churn for the kitchen, and the Rittenhouse hygrometer. Roy also explores building barns, forges, boats, and even colonial fortresses.
259 pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11", 1986

Order Number: VAP236..........$27.00
The Woodwright's Guide
Working Wood With Wedge & Edge

Beginning with the standing tree, each chapter explores one of nine trades of woodcraft: faller, cleaver and countryman, hewer, log builder, sawyer, frame carpenter, joiner, turner, and cabinetmaker. Each trade brings new tools and techniques; each trade uses a different character of material; but all are united by the grain in the wood and the enduring mastery of muscle and steel. Hundreds of detailed drawings illustrate the hand tools and processes for shaping and joining wood.
192 pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11", 2008
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