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Working with Wood
Build a tool kit, learn the skills & create 15 stylish projects for your home
By (author): Tom Trimmins
9781782217411 Paperback, Trade English General Trade CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Woodwork Jun 09, 2020
$23.95 CAD
Forthcoming 8 x 10.5 in 128 pages Search Press
A complete guide to producing desirable wooden objects and furniture for your home from scratch. Discover the satisfaction or making something with your own hands.

’It is more motivating to make something that you genuinely desire, to create an object that you want in your home. The things we choose to have around us say something about who we are, but things we have made ourselves do that even more strongly. I want every project in the book to be something that the reader wants to make, to work really well in use and be something that can be proudly shown to others.’

This book is aimed at people who are engaged in a career, but looking to learn a physical craft to balance out their lives and make nice things for their home into the bargain.

Offering a series of desirable projects that all relate to each other, use the same small collection of tools and gradually build your skills and tool collection as you progress. The projects are backed up by sections about wood, design, and tools - including fixing up old tools as this is one of my specialities. The book uses mainly hand tools as they create less mess, take up less room, are quieter and offer less potential danger than power tools.

The projects range in size and skill level and are designed to made at home.

Variety of interesting, useful projects, from tools to furniture.

Range of complexity and difficulty, allowing the reader to build their skills and their toolset.

Tom Trimmins started woodworking as an eight year old child when he was given his first workbench and tools, and it’s been a lifelong passion ever since. After years of making projects at home as a kid and hanging around a local cabinet maker’s workshop, he studied furniture making at degree level in Buckinghamshire. After that he worked for several high-end furniture workshops before starting his own business in 2009. He has now been teaching woodwork every week for nearly 8 years and has worked professionally for 12 years. He started teaching after telling a friend that it was something he really wanted to do. It turned out that he had an ambition to be a woodworker and they struck a deal that if Tom taught a class he would find him a group of interested people. He really enjoyed it and has carried on ever since. Tom now teaches woodworking classes and makes fine furniture at his workshop on a city farm in Islington. He works on commissions or teaches during the day and teaches two evening classes every week. Tom is a traditionally trained craftsman, but also has a very fashionable and modern Japanese and midcentury-influenced style and so will appeal to a wide range of readers, both male and female. He is just starting out with social media and his online presence, but he is very keen to grow this in conjunction with a potential book project.

Author Residence: London, UK

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