The Forest Woodworker : A Step-by-Step Guide to Working with Green Wood

£11.95

The Forest Woodworker : A Step-by-Step Guide to Working with Green Wood Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Search Press Pages: 176 Illustrations and other contents: 300 Illustrations, color ISBN: 9781782217367 Categories: , ,

Immerse yourself in the ancient craft of working with fresh, green wood. Expert authors Sjors van der Meer and Job Suijker introduce you to the traditional skills of green woodworking. Learn about the qualities of wood; how to cut and shape it; how to craft your own tools such as a shaving horse, wooden club, chopping block and saw horse, and then how to use them to make spoons, spatulas, stools and chairs.

As well as teaching you new skills, this inspiring book will show you how working in natural surroundings, with natural materials, can create an overwhelming sense of well-being and enhance your awareness of the environment. This stunning, inspirational book has forewords written by Mike Abbott and Otto Koedijk.

Weight0.7 kg
This is such a lovely book. I like that it has a hard cover which will protect it when outside. The photos are so clear and show step by step instructions. I am a complete novice who wants to do basic forest woodworking skills with the children that I work with and there are enough projects include to keep us busy. The only small disappointment that I have is that I would prefer more smaller, simpler projects, but overall I am very happy with this book. -- Lisa Parker * Customer review * Good read, very informative, some interesting ideas and uses of greenwood. -- Jean Lunn * Customer review * The subject is not so new, but the layout and photos are as inviting as a celebrity cookbook. The tools alone are a thing of beauty and there are instructions for a chopping block on legs which looks like it's walked itself out of a fairy-tale. The attractive, no-nonsense cover and enticing photos on the back (I note that the paper is appropriately FSC approved) would appeal to anyone. Not just about how to wield a saw or create your own unique stool, this book also taps into the recent rebirth of an appreciation of nature as a gateway to wellbeing. Steeped in the tenets of nature connection (and connection to ancestors, for that matter), but without being too hippyish or bandwagonesque, the Dutch authors naturally respect the tree in everything they do. This is an absorbing read. Having attended a few whittling days myself, I have since struggled to explain to those friends who would rather just go and buy a spoon from a supermarket what it is that I get out of carving my own wonky utensil beneath the trees. This book did all that for me. It acknowledges my inner hobbit and welcomes me in. I appreciated the little mission statement tucked away at the beginning which mentions how the writers, "open up working with green wood to everyone, from children to pensioners, from experienced DIYers to clumsy people". This instilled me with confidence! There is a comprehensive index which is whimsical in places ('The Magic of Cleaving'!), but easy to navigate. Chapters span the whole process including felling, coppicing (though further reading is suggested in these areas) and types of tree/wood, before moving on to technique and various styles of projects. Maintenance and care of tools are found at the back; a welcome addition which is often overlooked on courses unless you think to ask. Projects range from Tools, Objects (mostly small items of furniture), and Carving (i.e. utensils). All the items covered are useful, which makes a refreshing change. There are even instructions to make shingles. The tone is instructional, yet friendly. There is plenty of information about where problems might occur, how to choose suitable wood, and sharpening techniques. This is a lot of detail, but the writers still managed to hold my interest. For instance, the idiosyncrasies of a piece of wood - such as knots and the effects of torsion - are discussed and advice on how to work with them is given. I was particularly impressed with the thorough description of axe and knife techniques and loved the suggestion of using old bicycle inner tubes to weave a seat. Though I am now inspired to have a go at making a salt scoop, I know I currently lack the precision to be crafting a chair on my own. I'm guessing that a more advanced woodworker would have no problem building a shaving horse from the instructions in the book. However, if you're a beginner, or don't have access to all the resources (i.e. tools and/or a woodland), I would suggest going on a course to make a shaving horse - a foundation tool that is more easily built with an expert and an extra pair of hands nearby - to get a feel for what you should be doing and to try out the other tools. This book would be an ideal accompaniment to a practical workshop; everything is here to remind you of what you were shown and what you might need to purchase to further your new hobby. There is something very Dutch about a book created "because there are other ways". I found this sentiment very touching. The writing is very coherent; you are guided through the book itself as well as the techniques. It is philosophical in places, almost poetic, yet not a difficult read (I found it to be great bedtime reading). It's a substantial hardback which is definitely worth the money. If you don't buy it for yourself, then it would make a lovely gift. -- Sophie Hudson * Customer review * I enjoyed reading this book as it gave a great insight into working with green wood from the forests. I like the author gave a background on the types of wood to use and how to obtain it without costing too much. They gave good descriptions on the projects you can undertake and these range from beginners to intermediate wood workers. Myself, I look forward to trying to make a new wooden hammer and making wooden shingles to tile my wood store. -- Grant Wise * Customer review * My hubby is a carpenter of 40+ yrs so I asked him to have a look at this book for me to do a review for Search Press. Well for someone's who not a book reader I lost him for an hour or so in the book. He thought it was a fantastic book, so descriptive, plenty of drawings shows you how to make tools in a very traditional way. He found this really piqued his interest for something when he retires. Equally felt this was an excellent guide for the novice. So as the novice and book lover I loved this book it's well laid out starting with basics you may need a section all about trees, which is what tree always - good to know, and what tree is useful for different items. The intro into working the wood with what and how to make a variety of things starting off gently working up into more complex projects. A very useful chapter about best way to look after your tools. A very interesting informative book. -- Mandy Middleton * Customer review * Great informative book about an old craft. My husband (a carpenter) found it interesting and is going to make a Greenwood stool. It gives great information on different woods and also the old tools used. -- Lynne Harvey * Customer review *

Author Biography

Sjors van der Meer developed his passion for woodworking when he was a student at a furniture making company. He learned all about joinery and became an amateur cabinetmaker. Though this gave him a lot of joy, he fell in love with wood and trees when he discovered the craft of green woodworking; his love for nature and craft came together in this way. The simple hand tools, the raw materials and the often-ancient techniques were a revelation. He decided to make a living out of the craft. Ever since, he has spent a lot of time in nature, working on green wood furniture and spoon carving. Since 2011 he has run green woodworking workshops with his friend and co-author Job Suijker. Job Suijker studied at the Technical University of Delft and worked for 20 years as an environmental advisor. In his late twenties he developed a passion for nature, especially for trees and forests, with a special fascination for the ancient trees (yew tree) of Great Britain. He fell in love with green woodworking while chopping firewood for his wood stove. After having been to the west coast of Ireland for a sabbatical, a self-educating period started; he saw a chance for a green woodworking revival.