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What Are You Reading?

by Maveric777
posted 06-09-2010 02:46 PM

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#1 posted 06-09-2010 02:49 PM

Just finished reading Chris Schwarz book on workbenches. Not sure what to read next.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#2 posted 06-09-2010 03:24 PM

Not really reading any woodworking books right now, but rather working on Carl Sagan’s “Demon Haunted World”. Good book so far.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#3 posted 06-09-2010 04:08 PM

I browse the bargin books at Borders, Ive picked up 10-20 WoodWorking books by varius authors/publishers less than 10$ a piece….

-- Chris From Maryland, If it aint broke, You havent tried fixin it yet...

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#4 posted 06-09-2010 04:20 PM

Two of my favorites:



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#5 posted 06-09-2010 05:04 PM

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#6 posted 06-09-2010 05:15 PM

Currently. RHCE study guide.

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#7 posted 06-09-2010 05:32 PM

Every woodworker absolutely must read Krenov’s “A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook” and “The Impractical Cabinetmaker” and Nakashima’s “The Soul of a Tree”.

(Mostly for inspiration/philosophical reasons.)

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#8 posted 06-09-2010 06:05 PM

It’s not woodworking, but I’m currently reading a non-fiction book called “Birthright”
It’s the true story of the kidnapping of an Irish aristocrat that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to write “Kidnapped”. It’s very well researched and written. A good book.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#9 posted 06-10-2010 12:33 AM

A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats” was an awesome read. You will walk away with a better understanding of the hobby and medium.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#10 posted 06-10-2010 01:19 AM

Finally getting around to reading Freakonomics. I’m enjoying it very much.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#11 posted 06-10-2010 01:32 AM

Reading the international building code. Anyone sharp stick!

-- Marc

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#12 posted 06-10-2010 01:33 AM

I just started “The Unbroken Chain”, Guenter Wendt’s memoir. He was the guy at NASA who got the astronauts suited up and strapped in. He passed away about a month ago.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#13 posted 06-10-2010 01:52 AM

I read a lot of comics, I think I have read most all modern era Batman my favorite. The story lines are a lot more mature and intellectual than you might think. Ok suggestion. Carlos Hathcock The White Feather. Americas best sniper, Vietnam, Bio, fascinating read…

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#14 posted 06-10-2010 02:05 AM

After working all day on a computer… I am fortunate to be able to read lumberjocks posts!

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#15 posted 06-10-2010 02:14 AM

If you like history; read Bruce Catton’s trilogy: “The Coming Fury”, “Terrible Swift Sword”, and “Never Call Retreat”

This was his centenial series on the Civil War and is widely available at modest cost.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#16 posted 06-10-2010 03:33 AM

I’m kind of burned out on woodworking books. I never read them cover-to-cover but I often reference them when a question/problem is on my mind.

However, I do enjoy reading just for the sake of reading. I like what I call “historical fiction”. These are fiction books but they are in a historical setting and most of the information about life at that time is relatively accurate.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#17 posted 06-10-2010 01:45 PM

Thanks everyone for the feedback….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#18 posted 06-10-2010 02:23 PM

Woodworking wise, I really enjoyed The Handplane Book by Garrett Hack. Outside of woodworking, I was disappointed by Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford, enjoyed American Buffalo : In Search of a Lost Icon by Steven Rinella, and I have really been into reading about historical mathematicians and logicians, unsolved theorems, and things like that for the past couple of years.

-- Marc,

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#19 posted 06-10-2010 02:56 PM


I think you will like Patrick O’Brien’s “Jack Aubrey” series. Aubrey is a British sea captain during the Napoleonic wars. The series rather closely follows the real life sea career of Captain Thomas Cochrane, a famous naval hero.

Incredibly, O’Brien knows 1805 London and England as if he had been there.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#20 posted 06-10-2010 03:33 PM

I generally read magazines. Woodworking of course, gardening, hunting, antique collecting. I like
magazines with lots of pictures :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#21 posted 06-10-2010 04:24 PM

Last book I read was “Arguing With Idiots” by Glen Beck.
Rich, the film “Master and Commander” is based on the Jack Aubrey series. One of my favorites.

-- You can't trust a dog to guard your food.

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#22 posted 06-10-2010 04:53 PM

I am reading “Crow Killer” the saga of a Mountain Man named Liver Eating Johnson. He would cut the Crow Braves he killed under the rib cage and remove their livers and partially eat them for vengeance. You may know of the man through a movie that Robert Redford starred in, they left the liver eating part out of the story.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#23 posted 06-10-2010 04:59 PM

Im currently reading “Invictus”, which is now out on film, a book about the 1994?? world cup rugby match hosted by South Africe in the post-aperthied era. A great background on the life in prison of Nelson Mandela and how he encouraged a nation to dimiss racism through sport.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#24 posted 06-10-2010 05:16 PM

My suggestion on something to read, would be any woodworking book that is older than you. I get on E-bay and try to find books that are written before my time. This will let you see how woodworking has advanced and show you how it used to be done before computers. I bought a woodcarving book once that talked about finding wood to carve is easy, just use an old shipping box from the local food store. You would be amazed at what you will learn.

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#25 posted 06-27-2010 04:46 PM

I love reading history books about the old ghost towns and minning camps in the Colorado Rockies. Here in Texas I read about sunken ships and pirate treasures. It just fasinates me ! books on mineral collecting and metal detecting mags. We are a pair of woodworking, construction, treasure hunting, metal detecting ,rock hounds.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#26 posted 06-27-2010 05:39 PM

I just read for the second time “The Village Carpenter” by Walter Rose.
From Amazon: ”Rose writes of village carpentry as it was practised in Buckinghamshire by his family and their men in Victorian times. These reminiscences touch upon such things as mill repairs, farm and house carpentry, timber buying, work in the saw yard, and making field gates, haymaking tools and coffins”

I’m now looking for George Sturt’s “The Wheelwright’s Shop” for a re-read. Also from Amazon: ” George Sturt’s frank and moving account of his trade as a wheelwright in the late nineteenth century offers a unique glimpse into the working lives of craftsmen in a world since banished by technology. The wheelwright’s shop where he entered business had been operating for two centuries; this chronicle, first published in 1923, is a poignant record of that tradition, written as it was passing into history.

And I just started “Across America by Motor Cycle” by C.K. Shepherd. I finally found an original 1922 affordable copy after many years of searching.

Live in the past? Who, me?

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#27 posted 06-27-2010 05:51 PM

I am reading George Nakashima the soul of a tree for the second time.

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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