By Richard Jones
This is what the publishers say about CUT AND DRIED – A Woodworker’s Guide to Timber Technology:
Serious woodworkers have long been starved of accurate information on wood technology that’s explained in language for artisans – instead of for scientists.
Author Richard Jones has spent his entire life as a professional woodworker and has dedicated himself to researching the technical details of wood in great depth, this material being the woodworker’s most important resource. The result is “Cut & Dried: A Woodworker’s Guide to Timber Technology.” In this book, Richard explores every aspect of the tree and its wood, from how it grows to how it is then cut, dried and delivered to your workshop.
Also explored are many of the things that can go right or wrong in the delicate process of felling trees, converting them into boards, and drying them ready to make fine furniture and other wooden structures. He helps you identify problems you might be having with your lumber and – when possible – the ways to fix the problem or avoid it in the future.
“Cut & Dried” is a massive text that covers the big picture (is forestry good?) and the tiniest details (what is that fungus attacking my stock?). And Richard offers precise descriptions throughout that demanding woodworkers need to know in order to do demanding work.
- Where trees grow and how they are harvested makes an enormous difference to the quality of your stock. “Cut & Dried” explains many of the methods used in the U.S. and Europe to cut down trees and convert them into usable boards.
- How that stock is dried determines whether it will end up in your furniture or in a fireplace. Drying defects can crop up at any stage and can ruin a board (or an entire tree). Learn to identify the problems, to test your theories and avoid bad timber.
- We all know that wood moves. But a deep understanding of the process eludes many woodworkers – even professionals. It is a complex process, but can be easily understood by the furniture maker who makes the effort. Learn how your boards distort, why they distort and what exactly happens when boards take on or release water vapor.
- Even if you have found the perfect board, it can be attacked by spores, fungi or pests. Learn to identify and prevent them from ruining your entire stock of lumber.
- Wood has its limits. If you want to use the right piece of wood in an assembly, you need to understand how much stress it can take and from what direction. “Cut & Dried” explains it better than any source we’ve discovered.
The primary reason LOST ART PRESS decided to publish “Cut & Dried” is that Richard’s book provides a complete picture of how wood works. If you are decidedly non-technical and hate maths, you’ll find what you need here. Richard explains how trees work in terms any woodworker can understand.
But for those woodworkers who want to understand “why”, Richard has delved into the science and math behind wood technology. You can go as deep as you like.
This book required a significant investment by Lost Art Press to produce and print. At 336 pages, measuring 9” x 12”, printed on heavy 80g matte coated paper for accurate color reproduction.
Hardback wrapped in a grey cotton cloth and stamped with a die from a hand-printed woodcut.
The pages are sewn and case bound for durability so should survive babies, dogs and floods.
The entire package is wrapped with a dust jacket that is coated with a supermatte laminate. This is a book that is designed to outlast us all and retain its brilliant colors.