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SUCCESS WITH SHARPENING, by Ralph Laughton, explains all aspects of sharpening tools. From sharpening by hand to sharpening with a machine, this book will fulfill the need of amateur and professional woodworkers. Laughton starts with the basics, covering all the main points of the theory and mechanics of sharpening, such as how to use power grinders, and wet and dry stones. The final part of the book converts theory into practice. The sharpening of tools like chisels, turning tools, gouges, plane blades and carving tools are thoroughly explained with descriptions and color photographs. The chisel section is particularly informative, featuring step-by-step instructions for using wet and dry stones, as well as tips for taking care of the stones when not in use. The 176-page softcover sells for $19.95. The Guild of Master Craftsman, Sterling Publishing Co., 387 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10016-8810. Tel: 800-805-5489. www.sterlingpub.com

 

500 TIPS FOR MARKETING YOUR CRAFTS, by A.B. Petrow, provides all the inside tips craftspeople need to know to find the perfect shows, how to get in, how to make it through and how to make money. The book offers ideas on how to set up a visually pleasing booth and make your own displays. Travel tips are a highlight, especially how to keep your crafts safe and secure while on the road. Petrow also offers advice on selling goods on the Internet — including eBay — and how to create your own Web site. Other covered subjects include price planning, advertising, promotion, bookkeeping and how to handle taxes. The 105-page softcover sells for $19.95. Contact: CraftMasters, Box 1655, Sebastopol, CA 95473. www.craftmasters.com

 

WOOD FOR WOODTURNERS, by Mark Baker, lays out what types of wood are perfect for turners. Woods from all over the world are described, with tips and information on their working capabilities and availability. Hints and possible health risks are listed with each selection of wood. There's also information about where the wood is grown, how tall the trees are and how large the tree trunks are normally. Baker's hints cover how to treat or finish the wood. The 192-page softcover has a list of woodturning terms and plenty of color photos. It sells for $19.95. Contact: Sterling Publishing Co., 387 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10016-8810. Tel: 212-532-7160. www.sterlingpub.com

 

THE ARTFUL HOME: THE GUILD SOURCEBOOK FOR RESIDENTIAL ART, is a reference for locating artists of all kinds for possible commercial work. This third edition includes more than 200 artists who have crafted products for the home in multiple types of media. More than 600 color photographs show off the artists' work, including furniture, garden sculpture, fine art, photographs and turnings. Six leading interior designers are featured, offering tips on using the work created by the book's featured artists. The book contains essays on commissioning artwork and

determining value. There's information about each artist, including their range of work as well as recent projects and commissions. This sourcebook is distributed to design professionals across the United States and Canada. The 333-page softcover sells for $39.95. Contact: The Guild, 931 E. Main Street No. 9, Madison, WI 53703. Tel 877-284-8453. www.guild.com