Walter takes us on a journey as he follows his grandfather, father, and fellow carpenters from job to job, telling fascinating stories of their skills, quirks, and dedication to their work. He includes what it was like cutting trees into planks in the old saw pit, making field gates, fixing cogs on old wooden mills, making and installing wooden water pumps, some tidbits of info on old hand tools, and even the construction of a wooden rat trap. Though some of the topics discussed in this book are not relevant themselves anymore, the way in which the craftsman worked and how they went about their work is still very relevant to the modern craftsman.
If you have never read this book, then I suggest you do. There are not many woodworking books that are written in a story form. We often dive into books that teach techniques or inundate us with information that is very useful, however are not always the most enjoyable to read. I highly recommend this book for those that are in the mood for a good story of simpler times. It may just motivate you to become a local village carpenter yourself.
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