“To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” is the first English-language translation of the most important woodworking book of the 18th century.
A team of translators, writers, woodworkers, editors and artists worked more than six years to bring this first volume of A.-J. Roubo’s work to an English audience. (Future volumes of Roubo’s other works on woodworking are forthcoming.)
While the title of this work implies that it is about marquetry alone, that is not the case. “To Make as Perfectly as Possible” covers a wide range of topics of interest to woodworkers who are interested in hand-tool woodworking or history.
In addition to veneer and marquetry, this volume contains sections on grinding, sharpening, staining, finishing, wood selection, a German workbench, clock-case construction, engraving and casting brasses.
But most of all, “To Make as Perfectly as Possible” provides a window into the woodworking world of the 18th century, a world that is both strangely familiar and foreign.
In the Works from Lost Art Press
We have a long list of books in the works here at Lost Art Press. Here is what we are working on right now:
"Campaign Furniture" by Christopher Schwarz. This book on the neglected historical style will be complete by the end of 2013 and published in 2014.
"Art of Joinery" by Joseph Moxon. Our fully revised and expanded edition of this classic woodworking text is at the printer and will be released in November.
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