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This is an excellent introductory book for someone new to woodworking, or some one new to hand tools. In fact, I would strongly encourage someone new to woodworking to read this book first and learn as much as they can about using hand tools prior to spending any money on power tools. Some of the tools and techniques are obviously obselete given the development of power tools, but read on. You will be a better craftsman for it. The illustrations in the book are clear and well thought out and I have found them to be very useful. This book would also make an excellent gift for a young person interested in woodworking, but unsure of where to begin.
Got this because I liked Korn's book on Woodworking Basics - this is as much a 'fun' book about a wide variety of tools as it is a 'how-to' book. Out of print now, and the same information can probably be obtained by diligent google searches. Still happy to have this on the shelf as a reference, particularly for tools I may never actually obtain.
This book lives up to its title, along with good writing and excellent organization of its content. Each category of hand tool is clearly identified and explained. I especially enjoy how the book describes the tool's proper use, and more importantly, how to keep it working at peak performance with practical tune-up instructions. It's the best hand tool book I've encountered. If interested in gaining knowledge about hand tools and how to use them as well as how to maintain them, this is the book for you.
I wanted a source for using hand tools rather than power tools, and this book does that very nicely. Mr. Korn is very thorough in covering just about any type and style of hand tool. Now to put his knowledge to work.