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Cut and dried

Postby Jimmy Mack » 13 Jul 2018, 09:46

I'm not sure if this is the right topic area...

Fellow Yorkshire Woodworker, Fine Furniture maker and regarded educator Richard Jones' book 'Cut & Dried' (Lost Art Press) arrived in the post today!

I know Richard has put many years of meticulous research into this project and I feel his work here is going to be an invaluable reference for all woodworkers and others with an interest in Timber Technologies; a detailed and more digestible read on the sciences behind this material.

I'm not sure if Richard is a member of this group, but I do know he frequents and advised on UKWS.

For those interested, do check it out.


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Re: Cut and dried

Postby RogerS » 13 Jul 2018, 10:28

Jimmy Mack wrote:....
Hopefully I'm not breaking any rules promoting a fellows work. Apologies if so.

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None at all and many thanks for highlighting it. Just ordered my copy. Richard has been incredibly helpful to many of us over the years and his book deserves as much publicity as it can get. He posts as Sgian Dubh.
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Woodbloke » 21 Jul 2018, 22:12

An interesting and informative book, but I wonder why he went to the US to publish it? - Rob
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Jimmy Mack » 21 Jul 2018, 23:29

Woodbloke wrote:An interesting and informative book, but I wonder why he went to the US to publish it? - Rob
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Pinch » 22 Jul 2018, 11:49

Hey Jim, did Richard Jones used to be a regular user of WUk forum or am I mixing this up with another chap?
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Jimmy Mack » 22 Jul 2018, 12:13

Pinch wrote:Hey Jim, did Richard Jones used to be a regular user of WUk forum or am I mixing this up with another chap?
That's right... Under the 'handle', as per Roger's post. I believe he's still very active on the WUK forum



I'm enjoying the book so far, it reads nicely too... Tho I'm slow as the kids don't leave much energy in the tank at the end of the day for sensible activity.

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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Pinch » 22 Jul 2018, 12:33

Ah yes.... :eusa-doh:

Checked out Roger's post - yep, that's the chap.

Richard was very active with one of my threads a few years ago and when I was also a regular user on WUK. I seem to remember him unintentionally rubbing up some of the members the wrong way. It was just the way Richard was (or is) with his constructive criticism. He said it as it was but in a gentlemanly way. I like him and he's an expert with his stuff. 8-)
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby DaveL » 22 Jul 2018, 21:33

Rob, you can read why Richard ended up go to Lost Art Press here:

https://blog.lostartpress.com/2018/01/0 ... art-press/
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Woodbloke » 22 Jul 2018, 21:40

DaveL wrote:Rob, you can read why Richard ended up go to Lost Art Press here:

https://blog.lostartpress.com/2018/01/0 ... art-press/

Thanks Dave, that explains it. A protracted process, but another question. In the book as published, was the text amended to Americanese 'English', an example being 'woodshop' instead of our more familiar 'workshop' - Rob
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby DaveL » 22 Jul 2018, 21:49

Sorry Rob no idea on that one.
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Richard » 26 Jul 2018, 11:38

Woodbloke wrote:An interesting and informative book, but I wonder why he went to the US to publish it? - Rob

I tried several of the usual UK suspects to start with, e.g., TRADA, BRE, Stobart Davies, GMC, and so on, but no takers, although each said good things about the manuscript's content and presentation. I therefore had to look further afield, and Lost Art Press (LAP), once they'd read the manuscript in full, were very enthusiastic and followed up swiftly with a publishing offer to which I agreed.

In the end I think LAP have done a fine job of converting the manuscript to a book, better probably than anyone else might have done. They, for instance, were adamant that they wanted to keep the author's 'voice' and 'personality' intact, which they succeeded in doing.
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Richard » 26 Jul 2018, 11:42

Jimmy Mack wrote: I believe he's still very active on the WUK forum

I'm not very active at WUK nowadays. I might have posted a couple or three times there in the last couple of years. I do post a more frequently at UKWorkshop, but I'm not an especially prolific poster there either.
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Richard » 26 Jul 2018, 11:49

Woodbloke wrote: Thanks Dave, that explains it. A protracted process, but another question. In the book as published, was the text amended to Americanese 'English', an example being 'woodshop' instead of our more familiar 'workshop' - Rob

The text retains its British spelling and forms of writing, with translations here and there as required. So, for example, glulam is described as glue laminated timber (lumber), with the word lumber being there for North American readers to understand: we buy timber, Americans buy lumber.
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby RogerS » 26 Jul 2018, 16:05

Welcome, Richard and please stick around !
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Jimmy Mack » 26 Jul 2018, 19:56

Ha- Ah yes...'ukworkshop' ..That's the one I meant! I hope there's been some interest over the on...

UKW, WUK, KUW...



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Jimmy Mack wrote: I believe he's still very active on the WUK forum

I'm not very active at WUK nowadays. I might have posted a couple or three times there in the last couple of years. I do post a more frequently at UKWorkshop, but I'm not an especially prolific poster there either.


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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Richard » 27 Jul 2018, 11:59

RogerS wrote:Welcome, Richard and please stick around !

Thanks Roger. Now I'm registered no doubt I'll drop in from time to time.
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Re: Cut and dried

Postby Richard » 27 Jul 2018, 12:04

Jimmy Mack wrote: Ha- Ah yes...'ukworkshop' ..That's the one I meant! I hope there's been some interest over the on... UKW, WUK, KUW...

Yes, some, with a strong positive endorsement from one poster which is, of course, a bonus.
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