This week I am in the “Land of Tolpin” – Port Townsend, Wash., which is where Jim Tolpin lives and works as a woodworker, instructor and writer.
Port Townsend is an odd little corner of the world in many ways, and it is unusual in that many of the woodworkers here are familiar with the concepts that Tolpin and George Walker introduce in “By Hand & Eye.”
The students here are adept with dividers and really do talk in terms of ratios instead of measurements. Yesterday when I was laying out the slope of a bevel on a tool chest, I was asked: what ratio is that? Not: What angle is that?
Now other woodworkers are discovering the ideas in the book and are starting to write about them on the Internet.
Blogger Bob Jones of The Christian Tool Cabinet blog called “By Hand & Eye” “The most original woodworking book in the last decade.” Read the full review here.
J. Norman Reid of Wood News Online says the book is a “unique combination of theory and practice that is destined to become a classic reference for woodworking design.”
Read his full review here.
“By Hand & Eye” is available in our store and our select retailers.
— Christopher Schwarz