When I pass a charity shop I love to drop in and look for old books on crafts. Often the books are dogeared, worn and tatty but I still buy because the money goes to support the finances that feed into societal need. After perusing the shelves of my local Oxfam I was about to leave when I saw a misplaced boxed set of six small and neat carpentry and joinery books. It’s a second edition set and and I have the first edition set already but the box had indeed been used to protect the set so they were still in mint condition.
At the checkout desk the lady opened the box and said, “Oh, I didn’t know we had these. How interesting.” She took my money and asked if I was into DIY. I told her I was but such information would one day disappear. Then I corrected myself. “You know, perhaps it won’t.” I said. “Maybe we should have more confidence that a new generation will discover their own mastery of skill.” I learned as much about my work from simply working things out myself and not everything I do or teach was taught to me and neither did I read or watch a video on how to either.
Books like these are a great resource though. I thumbed through the pages and information just jumped off the page at me. I loved the line drawings and of course nomenclature is always of value. I will enjoy this amazingly compact set. Glad I found it.