A Complete Guide to Current Practice. Prepared under the editorship of G. LISTER SUTCLIFFE, Architect, Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Member of the Sanitary Institute, editor and joint-author of "Modern House-Construction", author of "Concrete,: Its Nature and Uses", etc. With contributions from many specialists. Illustrated by a series of about 100 separately-printed plates and 1000 figures in the text. In 8 divisional volumes, super-royal quarto, handsomely bound in cloth, with cover design by Mr. TALWIN MORRIS; also in 2 volumes, Roxburgh binding. In complete sets only.
In preparing The Modern Carpenter the editor has had the great advantage of working upon the basis of Newlands's Carpenter and Joiner's Assistant, which for nearly half a century has been accepted as a standard authority on the subjects of which it treats, and for many years has been recommended by the Royal Institute of British Architects as a text-book for the examination of that society. And yet in the present work it has been possible to preserve only a very small part of Newlands's treatise, invaluable though this has been to two generations of craftsmen. While the fundamental features of arrangement and method which distinguish this famous work have been retained, the matter has had to be entirely rewritten, and many new sections have been added, on subjects not touched upon in the older work, with which the carpenter of the present day requires to be familiar.
In the new book, indeed, the old foundations that have stood the test of half a century of practical use have been retained, but the superstructure is wholly new.
The lesson to be learned from this fact is not far to seek. It is that the modern carpenter requires a far wider expert knowledge than sufficed his predecessor. The development of wood-working machinery, the introduction of new kinds of timber, improvements in the design of structures, the more thorough testing of timbers, and progress in the various industries with which Carpentry, Joinery, and Cabinet-making are intimately allied, have all helped to render the craft more complex. The carpenter of the present day has no use for the old " rule of thumb " methods; his calling is both an art and a science, and knowledge, knowledge, and again knowledge is the primary condition of success.
The editor of The Modern Carpenter, Mr. G. Lister Sutcliffe, Associate of the Royal Institute of Architects, needs no introduction to practical men; his name is already well known not only through his professional position in the architectural world, but through his editorship of Modern House-Construction, a work which, although issued only a few years ago, has already become a standard book of reference. Mr. Sutcliffe's large experience has enabled him to enlist the services of a highly-qualified staff of experts, whose special knowledge, acquired through long years of practical work, is now placed at the disposal of every member of the craft. The first condition in selecting the contributors to the work was that they should be practical men, not only possessing the indispensable knowledge, but having the ability to impart it. The result is that within the eight divisional-volumes of this work we have a treatise on every branch of the craft, distinguished by four outstanding qualities: - It is (i) complete, (a) clear, (3) practical, and (4) up-to-date.
An idea of the scope of The Modern Carpenter may be gathered from the fact that while its predecessor, The Carpenter and Joiner's Assistant, comprised only eight sections, the new work includes no fewer than sixteen. A glance at these will show that the work covers the whole field; it is a complete encyclopaedia upon every subject that bears upon the everyday work of the practical man.
I. Styles of Architecture. II. Woods: Their Characteristics and Uses.
III. Wood-working Tools and Machinery.
IV. Drawing and Drawing Instruments. V. Practical Geometry.
VI. Strength of Timber and Timber Framing. VII. Carpentry. VIII. Joinery and Ironmongery.
IX. Staircases and Handrailing. X. Air-tight Case-Making. XI. Cabinet-Making. XII. Wood-Carving.
XIII. Shop Management.
XIV. Estimating. XV. Building Law.
XVI. Index, Glossary, etc.
The Illustrations are not the least of the many notable features of this great undertaking. The work is embellished in the first place with about 100 full-page plates, reproduced, some in colours, by the most approved processes of mechanical engraving, and printed on specially-prepared paper. In addition to this unique collection there are no fewer than 1000 diagrams and designs in the body of the work. No trouble or expense has indeed been spared to procure illustrations where these could elucidate the text.
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