More Tricks of
the Trade from
by Bob Syvanen
Pequot Press, 1995;
Softcover, 81/2x11, 325 pages. $21.95.
In 1982, I bought Bob Syvanen's
book, then new in its first edition, having
enjoyed his two previous books. In
the years since, Syvanen's book has
been required reading for every carpenter
who works for me.
Beginning carpenters have learned
the most, but even the more experienced
workers have gained something
from the book. Very little has been
changed in this new edition, although
the handwritten text, which was in the
style used on architectural plans, has
been replaced with typeset text.
Like Syvanen's other books,
Carpentry and Interior Finish is quirky
and somewhat uneven, but in the