Ask What to Read

“If a man has to ask what to read, it don’t make much difference what he does read. A thirst for knowledge will find its own satisfaction.”

— James W. See, “Extracts from Chordal’s Letters” (American Machinist Publishing Co.)

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9 Responses to Ask What to Read

  1. Tico Vogt says:

    Juliette appears to be a balanced woodworker.

  2. David Fisher says:

    I find old photos like this very interesting. I love the ladder. Reminds me of a great description of the making of these wooden ladders in Herbert Edlin’s Woodland Crafts in Britain — a great book. I wonder what those large dadoed recesses are for in the beam she is carrying. Maybe to accept braces in the framing?

  3. Kull says:

    If my memory serves me correctly, Roy has a picture of this woman hanging on the wall of his school. I wonder if this photo and the one at Roy’s place were pages from a “pin-up” calendar for carpenters in the 1880’s.

    • lostartpress says:


      This is actually a different photo of Juliette Caron. The photo at Roy’s has her with a Twibill. Very sexy. She was called the “first French woman carpenter” and the back of the postcard notes that she doesn’t mind at all when people watch her work.

  4. GregM says:

    Looks like she’s working on that same balk of timber with the twibill.

  5. David Fisher says:

    Here is a third photo of Juliette (from the same day, looks like). Much more to explore at this very interesting website …

  6. Marty Backe says:

    I’m probably missing the obvious, but what’s the relationship between the picture and the quote? That quote is great, and there’s a lot of depth there when you sit back and think about it. The woman is a distraction – OK, a nice distraction.

    BTW, I just noticed the micro-smiley at the bottom of the page. Cute.

  7. isamuk says:

    “It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night (or ladder 🙂 like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear”… From Romeo and Juliette. Ok someone had to make the reference…

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