An exploration and celebration of high-quality hand tools for woodworking and the stories of the people who make them.
Take a peek inside the boutique shops and small factories of artisan woodworking toolmakers in North America, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, with behind-the-scenes photographs, profiles, interviews, and more. Saws, Planes, and Scorps covers every essential woodworking instrument, from spokeshaves to hand planes, with images and an introductory text for each tool. An engaging, inspiring, and informative read perfect for beginner and expert woodworkers, tool collectors, and lovers of great design.
About the Author
David Heim is a prolific writer and editor specializing in woodworking. When he's not pecking away at his laptop, he can be found at the lathe, turning a bowl at his home in Oxford, Connecticut..
Joshua A. Klein is editor-in-chief of Mortise & Tenon Magazine. He has been selected for the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts from 2015–2020 for his authentic approach to period furniture making, and he is the author of Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher and Another Work is Possible.
"This book greatly enriched my understanding of and appreciation for the fuller range of maker tools that are out there. I think, for hand tool woodworkers, Heim’s book makes it clear that now is a great time to be alive and working wood."
- Highland Woodworking
One of "5 Design Books That Are Easy on the Eyes."
"The woodworking writer David Heim offers about 80 profiles of workshops around the world, mostly tiny. Their specialties are as niche as spokeshaves (used to shape carriage spokes or smooth arrows) and birdcage awls. Mr. Heim’s interviewees find design inspiration in fighter plane wings and foxes’ tails."
- The New York Times,
"Artisans and their admirers will find ample material to savor in David Heim’s Saws, Planes and Scorps, a compendium of hand tools around the world."
—The New York Times Holiday Gift Guide ,
"Heim, a veteran magazine and book editor, highlights the tools of the trade and the craftspeople who make them, through interviews, photos, sketches, and vintage ephemera. This book is for anyone who, for instance, ever contemplated how a workbench in Great Britain or the U.S. differs from one in Japan."
- Publishers Weekly,
"Readers need not know a lump hammer from a bevel gauge to appreciate durable, efficient, and striking hand tools. A resurgent interest in handcrafts will draw in newbies as well as seasoned woodcrafters and collectors with an appreciation for tool function and design."
- Library Journal,