Author: Jon English
Published by: Linden Publishing
Down here in the southern hemisphere we Australians tend to talk timber not lumber, but this is book sure to please woodworkers who like to harvest, salvage and even scavenge and prepare their own material.
The initial chapter of this US authored book does focus on North American species however the principles for understanding and selecting different woods holds true. The principles of chainsawing, felling and initial handling of the timber cut are also relevant.
The artistry of sawmilling is knowing how to cut boards to get the best return from a log and the best figure from the wood. This topic gets good coverage with the aid of lots of diagrams and photos.
Options for drying timber are covered in another chapter, including home workshop solutions. The last chapter of the book covers machining wood, how to get the best results and avoid pitfalls.
Overall this is a useful book for anyone who harvests and mills their own wood, however the technical info understandably relates to North American species and therefore specific information on milling Australian woods is not included.
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