I checked this out from the library, and have just started it. It's
mostly a book of pictures. In fact, it has 3 volumes; I just checked out
the first one. I can't see how any woodworker wouldn't enjoy it. It's
not difficult to learn more about the book, if one is curious.
Oops, the title is Furniture *Treasury*!
Maybe this book is one of the places the people who write for FWW get
some of their ideas. Of course, there are quite a few books--and I only
recently started systematically investigating the history of furniture.
I don't find looking at art to be hard work.
Please regard this as an invitation to list your favorite "old
furniture" book (s), along with your brief review! : )
Stuff from the 1960's doesn't count--but I could get you a deal on some
end tables and lamps from that "period" if you are interested.
I agree 100%, Bill! So much so I've decided to provide the group all 3
volumes, FOR FREE! Think of it as an early Christmas present. :o)
Oh yea, it's actually 'Furniture Treasury' (not treasure).
Volumes 1 and 2:
Furniture Treasury (Mostly Of American Origin), two
volumes in one, unabridged. All Periods of American
Furniture with Some Foreign Examples in America Also
American Hardware and Household Utensils (Five Thousand
Illustrations with Descriptions on the Same Page)
This beautiful book has 548 pages that are filled with
1000 illustrations, including sketches with dimensions,
of various period furniture and includes many
comparisons of details such as different furniture
feet, various clock hands, different types of spindles,
etc. It has sections on different types of furniture,
collecting, labels, reproductions, beds, finishes,
prices, manufacture, woods, and much more. It also has
a section on clockmakers, a furniture index, and an
appendix for crude homemade furniture.
On Sat, 13 Oct 2012 04:47:40 +0200, "Lobby Dosser"
I would consider getting it, but this "pdf" link you've supplied
appears to require one to download an .exe download manager. Why is a
download manger required for a .pdf file?
Under those conditions, I'm not interested.
On Saturday, October 13, 2012 6:14:59 AM UTC-5, Upscale wrote:
Same here. About 2 months ago, a download manager was required to open a sewing machine parts list I wanted. That manager "deleted" everything on my computer.
I looked online for a book I use to check out from the library, about French Canadian furniture (1600s -1800s), but can't recall the title. Somehow, it is no longer at our library. I did find this one, which doesn't require a download manager for the PDF file. This appears to be a decent reference book of early American furniture. The pics aren't that great, visually. The PDF took a few minutes to download: http://archive.org/details/furnitureofolden00mors
I clicked a button, it asked me to wait 30 seconds to start, then it
downloaded a pdf file to my "downloaded files" temporary folder and
opened it with the Adobe reader. I don't recall whether I was using the
Internet Explorer browser or SeaMonkey (a relative of Thunderbird) a the
Just has a look at it a second time. Waited the requisite 12 seconds
and the download did not start. Clicked on the start download button
after that it still wanted to download ilivid.exe.
Maybe it's me, or IE9 that I have or something else. Sorry, but three
tries for me is enough.
Did the same for me with Chrome, downloaded an exe ... Like you, I will
not/never/ever click on executable code unless I'm 1000% percent certain
of its origin, and then maybe not.
I might try it later tonight on the iPad and Safari just to see what
Actually, I had a closer look. There's a 30 second countdown time on
the left side. After that, it produces a .pdf download. Even though I
have a high speed connection, that .pdf download appeared to be some
eight minutes long. I'll try it again later this evening.
Saw that, but still got an exe, after the countdown, on this Chrome
On Safari/iPad, besides the popups (some women's center??), you can see
several different background gradients of various shapes that, if
accidentally touched, start a download entirely different than the one
for which you visited the site ... apparently purposely designed with
traps and pitfalls for the unwary?
Basically, the download on the iPad was continually redirected to
something besides the book and never completed ... not worth the effort.
On Sunday, October 14, 2012 8:18:24 AM UTC-5, Swingman wrote:
Yeah! Some are pretty steep. I just bought the set for $32. Vols. 1&2 from Tx and Vol. 3 from Miss.
The book I had mentioned earlier, and found online, is "The Early Furniture French Canada", by Jean Palardy. I had checked out this book from our local library many times, as a reference to/for some of my past projects. It is no longer at our library... (somemone stole it?). I liked this book. I may buy this one, too... haven't decided, yet.
This book is hefty with lots of pictures, also, but not many detail drawings of designs or dimensions, etc. A good eye can figure out many of those aspects. Early furniture in Canada parallels that of here in the states and lots of it is bulk/hefty built. A little tweaking, to reduce bulk, is easy, yet maintain the rustic, old time appearance/style. I like this style, as long as I don't go overboard. Too many pieces can make your home look like a camp, but a few outdoor/patio uses looks nice. *Similarly, that large log bench I showed at PlantFest... someone later called to buy it, for their flower garden/patio area.
I don't recall seeing a sofa table in it, though. Maybe something can be improvised!!
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