The problem with questions is that they produce answers, or at least raise more questions.
One such question, which was not really a question per se, but a very tangential idea that led to the question of what is the relationship between traditional house joinery and modern avocational woodworking, produced the question in my head of what books might I consider publishing for 2014? At least books in the woodworking realm.
- Practical Centring by Owen Maginnis 1891
- Carpenter’s And Builder’s Assistant by J. Gould 1870
- Elementary Woodwork, Elementary Cabinetwork and Elementary Turning by Frank Selden 1906-1909 (strangely enough, I have a few of the original glass plate negatives used in the production of the first of this book)
- The Complete Woodworker by Bernard Jones 1917
- The Art Of Saw Filing / The Carpenter’s And Joiners Hand Book by H. W. Holly (both books as one) 1863-1870
- Hand Saws: Their Use And Abuse by F Hodgson 1907
- The Student’s Instructor by George Fisher 1765
- The Carpenter And Joiner by Robert Riddel 1870
- A bunch of turn of the century toy and decorative plans for scroll and fret saws
Maybe, just maybe, William Pain if I think there is enough of a market for The Builders Golden Rule or The Practical House Carpenter. There is also Hatfield, Sloan, et al.
And then there are the 19th C military books, the 18th C gardening and forestry books...
The downside to trimming my personal library is that having trimmed, I have a better sense of what I like, what I have and what I might want to reprint. Or, too many books, too little time.