I think we mis-titled
this one; it should have been "33 Charles Limbert Furniture Designs," "The Genius of Charles Limbert: 33 Arts & Crafts Designs" or something along those lines...because it's a shame the work of Limbert isn't more celebrated in the Arts & Crafts furniture-making books and annals. Not much is known about the designer beyond his work, which is preserved in period catalogs, but I prefer much of it to the heavier, blockier work of the much better-known Gustav Stickley. Limbert's work has a lightness and elegance that I sometimes find missing in what we most often think of as America Arts & Crafts.
For those of you who don't know Mike's work, he founded The Windsor Institute - for many years the only school that was dedicated to teaching people how to make these historic (and comfortable!) seats in their many forms, from sack backs to settees. He retired from teaching in 2016, but over the years taught thousands of people how to make Windsors - and he was a genius about it, making sure every student had all the tools at hand, extra parts roughed out, clever jigs to help speed the process along, and as much help as he or she needed to get the project done in the time allotted. Few students ever left the school without a finished project. And this book takes the same
approach, with all the instruction a person needs to build a chair at home.
We hired well-known woodworking editor John Kelsey to compile and edit the best projects from American Woodworker - advice and instruction from Toshio Odate, Frank Klausz, Mario Rodriguez, Andy Rae, Ellis Wallentine, Tom Casper and more.
In addition to more than 75 hand-tool tips and techniques (including what tools you need for a well-stocked shop), you'll find 10 soup-to-nuts hand-tool projects to build your skills.
Get 'em before they're gone (or before the price goes back up!).
Arts & Crafts style with a surprising twist! For the first time inside this book, author Michael Crow has carefully detailed 33 of Charles Limbert's finest designs so you can build this beautiful furniture yourself.