Woodworking has come a long way in the past hundred years. No longer the closely-guarded domain of exclusive guilds, wood craftsmanship has become a vital and popular activity for generations of hobbyists, homeowners, professional furnituremakers and artisans. In the absence of an apprenticeship system, the woodworkers of today learn most of what they know from books and magazines, and, more recently, from Internet forums and chat rooms like WoodCentral.
     As woodworking's popularity has increased in recent years, so has the number of books on every imaginable woodworking topic. Amidst this profusion (confusion?) of new titles, it can be difficult to decide which books are worthy of our personal bookshelves. So, WoodCentral is proud to present our Books Department, dedicated to helping you sort through the bewildering lineup of wonderful and arcane woodworking information in print today, from classics to the latest offerings.
    At the moment, we have quite a selection book reviews uploaded for your enlightenment -- contributed for the most part by Barb Siddiqui, an avid woodworker and literary aficionado -- along with several essential book lists compiled by John Kelsey, veteran woodworking editor. And, the latest addition to our treasure trove of book info is Robert R. Clough's excellent list of personal favorites, selected expressly for the amateur woodworker. (You know who you are.)
    So, click on one of the links below -- click on all of them, for that matter -- to explore one of WoodCentral's finest resources, our books department!

  • BOOK REVIEWS
        Short reviews by Barb Siddiqui and others of worthy woodworking titles.
  • WOODCENTRAL'S PICKS
        Four lists of important woodworking books compiled by John Kelsey: The best all-time woodworking books, essential books no shop should be without, best furnituremaking titles, and current best sellers.
  • ROB'S FAVORITES
        An annotated bibliography of favorite books--in 10 sections from Basic Shop References to Finishing Books--selected and reviewed by Robert R. Clough, woodworker, retired professor and distinguished WoodCentral regular. Lotta good stuff here.