Reading…Posted: June 4, 2012
This weekend Amber commented on how it’s pretty funny that I can just sit and read a book on furniture. I’ve typically always liked reading non-fiction, maybe more so than fiction… I don’t know. If so, it might have something to do with me reading enough fiction getting my BA in English. But I think the real reason is that I like doing things more than I like reading about things. During those odd lunch breaks or time before sleep or mornings just waking up – I can’t be doing much. At least nothing with regard to much active or creative activity ie woodworking, music, photography, bicycles…
Since I have to eat breakfast, lunch, and wind down before I go to sleep, I usually try to read about things that make my active time better served. (Or I write on here during my lunch break, you’re welcome.)
Anyway, here’s how I spent some recent breakfast, lunch, and pre-dreams time.
The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking. I’m actually not done with this, but so far it’s great. Of course, in a way, I hope I’m never done with it. I hope it’s something I refer back too when I’m making a wooden convex hand plane for a coopered door. Maybe now I’m just turning non-fiction into fiction. We’ll see. The book has much more writing that pictures – almost a blend of theory and practicality. Very nice. It makes thinking about a single board of wood seem very important. I guess it is. It’s written by a man who preferred to word ‘composing’ over designing when it came to projects. That should clarify whether you’d ever want to read it or not.
The Antique Hunters Guide to American Furniture. I didn’t read this one so much as peruse (speaking of college…) – and I’m continuing to do so. It’s been helpful to get a handle of the different types and styles of furniture. As well as the basic time period they were introduced etc.
Which made it sort of funny when I ran across this post from Chris Schwarz about simplifying furniture into 4 basic types. In terms of ornamentation and construction quality.