The Workbench/Workshop Book by Scott Landis
Old isn't always bad. These books were written in the late 1980s, pre modern computing, mobiles, wearable devices, with less reliance on machines and still a strong focus on traditional methods (hand planes, saws etc.). But they explore different types of timeless working methods for those who work in wood - making cabinets yes, but chairs, boats, wood turners etc. And yes, there is a great section on Japanese methods, and when I read it, it see how this could be useful to me in conjunction with my standard traditional European methods.
And this whole subject fascinates me. We don't need the latest machine, or computer controlled devices to make things, we can use our hands, carefully, using time learnt skills to make things, as our ancestors did.
The books cover a wide range of ideas - you may have thought that a workbench was just a simple device, but Scott Landis goes into the background, history, and the then modern usage in the 1980s in a wide variety of workshops & usage. It certainly shows that 'one size doesn't fit all'.
EDIT: I note with considerable interest that Lost Art Press are planning on republishing these books - see their blog entry Restoring 2 Classic Woodworking Books.
Old isn't always bad, and I'll continue to read these books and find out more, continue to explore and see where it goes.
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