CABINETMAKING: THE PROFESSIONAL APPROACH, by Alan Peters, is available as a second edition. Peters, an esteemed British furniture maker, died Oct. 11.
This second edition is essentially the original published work (1984) with the training chapter replaced by a photo gallery of Peters' work. The book begins with a brief introduction to the craft furniture movement, the Cotswold school, and Peters' apprenticeship at the Froxfield workshop of Edward Barnsley. But most of the book is devoted to developing and sustaining a viable professional furniture business. It offers advice on design principles, client interaction, shop setup, production techniques and best business practices from a sage craftsman. As a bonus, Peters included nine of his furniture designs with measured drawings and cut lists. The 192-page softcover sells for $27.95. Contact: Linden Publishing, Inc., 2006 S. Mary, Fresno, CA 93721. Tel: 800-345-4447. www.woodworkerslibrary.com
CREATING A FINE ART ENTRY TABLE, by Robert Ortiz, takes readers through the entire process of designing and building a decorative entry table. Detailed instructions are provided for building the legs, stretchers and top, as well as for finishing applications. The book's generous color photography and concise text offer a comprehensive grasp of creating the clean lines and aesthetics of Shaker and Japanese furniture to produce a distinctive, eye-catching form. Sidebars feature the author's personal techniques and the lessons he has learned during more than 20 years of designing and making furniture. The 144-page softcover sells for $24.99. Contact: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 4880 Lower Valley Rd., Atglen, PA 19310. Tel: 610-593-1777. www.schifferbooks.com
NEW MASTERS OF THE WOODEN BOX, by Oscar P. Fitzgerald, features the work of 34 artists who share their workshop techniques, training and early experiences with box making. Featured artists include Bonnie Bishoff, J.M. Syron, Michael Cullen, Michael Hosaluk, Robert Ingham, Kim Kelzer, Po Shun Leong, Tom Loeser, Craig Nutt, Tommy Simpson and Philip Weber. Fitzgerald, a furniture historian and decorative arts consultant, provides a retrospective of boxes and their uses in the introduction. He then profiles the box makers, who share their techniques, inventive talents and the inspiration that fuels their distinctive designs. The book was published with the exhibition, "Boxes and Their Makers," held this fall at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The 208-page softcover sells for $29.95. Contact: Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., 1970 Broad St., East Petersburg, PA 17520. Tel: 800-457-9112. www.foxchapelpublishing.com
BIG BOOK OF SCROLL SAW WOODWORKING, from the editors of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine, features more than 60 projects and techniques for fretwork, intarsia and other scroll saw crafts. The projects include basic patterns for the beginner, unusual puzzles and toys, baskets and boxes, a chess set and keepsake portraits. Contributing scroll saw artists include John A. Nelson, Gary MacKay, Ron Brown, Kathy Wise and Rick Hutcheson. The book is a great reference not only for its detailed patterns, but for its tips, techniques and step-by-step instructions. The 192-page softcover sells for $24.95. Contact: Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., 1970 Broad St., East Petersburg, PA 17520. Tel: 800-457-9112. www.foxchapelpublishing.com
— Jennifer Hicks