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The Custom Furniture Sourcebook: A Guide to 125 Craftsmen
Author: Kerry Pierce
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— Practical information about the styles of jury-selected North American furniture makers and how to contact them.

Power Tools: An Electrifying Celebration and Grounded Guide
Author: Sandor Nagyszalanczy
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— A photographically illustrated survey of power tools, both portable and stationary, covering their uses, history, design, accessories, recent development, and "classic" precedents.

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Shaping Wood
Author: Lonnie Bird
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $26.37
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated guide to creating shapes in wood, from simple lines to complex bends and curves. The guide begins with visualizing and drawing a shape, then explains how to select and use the appropriate tool for creating it.

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction
Author: Andy Rae
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $26.37
ArchitectureWeek— A graphic, step-by-step presentation of basic furniture-construction techniques. Includes how-to's of woodworking materials, tools, and basic design principles.

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery
Author: Gary Rogowski
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A pictorial reference of common joints used in woodworking, showing methods and results.

The Workshop: Celebrating the Place Where Craftsmanship Begins
Author: Scott Gibson
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $26.56
ArchitectureWeek— A visit to woodworkers shops, with color photographs and drawings.

Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture
Author: Dung Ngo and Eric Pfeiffer
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $36.46
ArchitectureWeek— Bent Ply is the first book devoted to plywood in modern design. Beginning with a rich forward by Rob Forbes, CEO of Design Within Reach the book is a detailed study of a revolutionary design. Bent Ply pays homage to many of the designers that perfected the craft, including Charles and Ray Eames, Michael Thonet, Alvar Aalto, George Nelson, Verner Panton, and Russel Wright, among others. The book cover is made out of plywood and contains 16 black and white illustrations and 125 four-color plates.

Japanese Cabinetry: The Art and Craft of Tansu
Author: David Jackson and Dane Owen
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Originating from Japan's Edo period (1615-1867), tansu refers mostly to wooden cabinets, boxes and chests. The gifted creators of this art were deservedly esteemed by Japanese society, leaving a rich and influential legacy. Their work was almost anonymous, though, and the history has remained in the shadows--until now. Japanese Cabinetry: The Art and Craft of Tansu is the first truly definitive volume on tansu, giving voice to the long-over-looked craftsmen and overdue respect for the craft. This book provides a broad representation of cabinetry designs along with contextual history, gleaning insights from the cabinetry itself. From trunks with wheels to shipboard safes, from kitchen cupboards to clothing chests, tansu were the receptacles of an age of economic expansion. Japanese Cabinetry chronicles not only the physical characteristics and details of tansu, but also the historical eras and societal factors that influenced the craft.

Paul Tuttle Designs
Author: Marla C. Berns with contributions by Michael Darling and Kurt G.F. Helfrich
Publisher: University of Washington Press
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ArchitectureWeek— Paul Tuttle Designs surveys Tuttle's 50-year career, primarily as a furniture designer, showcasing more than 60 examples of seating and tables, and highlighting five homes he designed in Santa Barbara early in his career. Paul Tuttle's (1918-2002) impressive oeuvre is noted for its combination woods with materials such as steel, glass, cane, and upholstery. Regardless of how aesthetically beautiful or freshly inventive his creations are, they were always intended to be functional. Working within a modernist tradition, Tuttle's work is distinguished by an elegance of line, purity of materials, fascination with structure, and delight in small details. Although crafted with precision and taste, his furniture often exudes a distinctive quirky playfulness that reflects the designer's belief that a sense of fun should be part of a work's purpose.


 
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