So , on with the review......
When I first heard about this book I was really excited. Here is a guy who made the choice to only use hand tools back when Norm Abram in all his Delta Power tool glory was a common household name. Tony is easy to relate to, I think for most of us because he works in a small shop, with a limited budget, not always using new fancy hand tools, and still makes beautiful and functional furniture for his family and for clients.
In his book, Tony walks us through his shop, talks about his workbench, tool chest and tools, shows you how he sets up some of the basic tools of his tool set, and most importantly, speaks about his philosophies in wood working. One big thing I like about this book is that he talks in-depth about how he constructs furniture. He keeps the process really simple and to his own style. This I think is really important. Tony found his style of furniture, his way of making panel frames, his way of making drawers, etc…. The point is that he found what he liked and what he could perfect for his projects. This is something lacking in many peoples work today. Too many people today move from one technique to another and one style of furniture to another, never finding their personal style of furniture making.
Another nice thing about this book is that Tony never says this is the right way or wrong way to do something. He isn’t preaching, he isn’t trying to conform you to his style; he simply explains how and with what he works, and how he gets things done. This is something that I admire with his philosophy; he believes that everything is a personal choice that reflects your craftsmanship. A perfect example is the signature at the end of the intro to the book; he signs each book by hand. He told me that he just couldn’t handle having his name just stamped by a machine over and over; he preferred to physically sign each book because it was more personal.
In the end this book is an excellent read and is jammed packed with tons of useful knowledge that Tony has gained over the past 26+ years as a woodworker. I highly recommend this book and believe it is a must have for any hand tool woodworker. By the way, Tony also studied at the College of the Redwoods in California during the time that James Krenov was there, I think James made an impact.
I would like to thank Tony Konovaloff for writing such a nice book and sharing his journey with us.
ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS (art is long, life is short)
You can get your copy of Tony's book here at his website. I always recommend getting things from their source if possible. And please visit his home page at tonykonovaloff.com for more information about him and his work.
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