A Great Read

My friend, Les, asked me if I had a copy of Country Furniture by Aldren Watson.  I told him that I did not.  Apparently, Les had managed to wind up with two copies.  He offered me one, which I gladly accepted (as I live by the rule that no book should go homeless).  I’m certainly glad that I did.

The title is a bit misleading.  It’s about Country Furniture.  But, more importantly, it’s about what Country Furniture was made from and how Country Furniture was made in the days before electricity.

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Mr. Watson was a renown American artist/illustrator.  He was the son of one of the founders of Watson-Guptill Publishing.  His illustrations and writing prove that he was, indeed, a very knowledgeable and skilled woodworker.

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To learn more about Mr. Watson, his life and his work, visit the website, www.aldrenwatson.com.

If you follow Roy Underhill, if you love Eric Sloane, you’ll find this book a great read, chocked full of valuable information for the hand tool enthusiast.  A picture can say a thousand words.

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3 Comments on “A Great Read”

  1. Matt McGrane Says:

    Thanks for the reminder about Aldren Watson and for a tip on Eric Sloane (I jsut also read your 2013 blog post about him). I think I’d like to read and view work by both of them. Gotta check the library.

  2. Brian Eve Says:

    That is a great read. I also really liked his book, ” Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings.”


  3. I also thank you for the reminder. I’ve had Country Furniture since 1974, but it has been many years since I looked at it. Now, I’m kicking myself, as I’ve been writing about the tools in a small museum’s collection, and should have been using the book as a reference.


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