Pieces of Wood


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Young House Love


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This New York Times bestselling book is filled with hundreds of fun, deceptively simple, budget-friendly ideas for sprucing up your home. With two home renovations under their (tool) belts and millions of hits per month on their blog YoungHouseLove.com, Sherry and John Petersik are home-improvement enthusiasts primed to pass on a slew of projects, tricks, and techniques to do-it-yourselfers of all levels. Packed with 243 tips and ideas—both classic and unexpected—and more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this is a book that readers will return to again and again for the creative projects and easy-to-follow instructions in the relatable voice the Petersiks are known for. Learn to trick out a thrift-store mirror, spice up plain old roller shades, "hack" your Ikea table to create three distinct looks, and so much more.




The Wood Burn Book


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In The Wood Burn Book, Instagram star Rachel Strauss (@woodburncorner) teaches you everything you’ll need to know to master your favorite new hobby: pyrography, or writing with fire. This essential guide opens with a brief background to the art of wood burning, a list of tools and how to use them, basic techniques that can be used over and over again, and even what to burn and how to be safe doing it. You will also find a detailed explanation of the process from start to finish, with patterns and frames, techniques for lettering and adding color, as well as dozens of projects ready for gifting, including picture frames, cutting boards, coasters, cards, wooden spoons, and jewelry. Above all, Strauss has created the book she wished she had when she first discovered pyrography: a simple guide that quickly gets the reader successfully burning. With the right tools and a little time, you'll be able to create meaningful handmade gifts without breaking the bank. Whether it’s to create a family name sign as a housewarming gift for newlyweds, or customize baby blocks for a new little one, wood burning is the versatile hobby that can be used time and time again to create memorable gifts for all of life’s occasions. In addition, wood burning is a practice in mindfulness, requiring patience and focus to awaken the senses and calm the mind. Mastering the art of writing with fire begins with the ability to follow a line. If you can trace, you can burn.




How Fiction Works


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What makes a story a story? What is style? What’s the connection between realism and real life? These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation. Ranging widely—from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings—Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step. The result is nothing less than a philosophy of the novel—plainspoken, funny, blunt—in the traditions of E. M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel and Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. It sums up two decades of insight with wit and concision. It will change the way you read.




Slöjd in Wood


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Woodworking For Dummies


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Make stunning furniture, shelves, and more, with this easy guide Woodworking For Dummies gives aspiring woodworkers step-by-step instructions for creating successful woodworking projects. Set your sights on creating beautiful wooden pieces, with your own two hands. Woodworking is a fun and fascinating hobby, and you’ll love developing your skills and enjoying the satisfaction of craftsmanship. This book explains, in simple terms, the basic tools you’ll need, the different types of wood you can work with, and the process of creating plans for a successful project. Start sawing, sanding, joining, and finishing wood projects you can be proud of. One-of-a-kind, handmade woodcrafts are excellent as additions to your home and gifts for others, and you can even start a small business selling your handiwork. This For Dummies primer makes this cool activity accessible to anyone. Start a new hobby, work with your hands, and see your visions come to life Learn about classic and cutting-edge woodworking tools Differentiate between the different kinds of wood and select the right materials for your project Become a woodworker with easy-to-use photos and instructions Even if you’ve never picked up a saw before, this For Dummies guide will help you get started—and it’s a great reference and refresher for those who already know what they’re doing, too.







Performance Practice in the Music of Steve Reich


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Performance Practice in the Music of Steve Reich provides a performer's perspective on Steve Reich's compositions from his iconic minimalist work, Drumming, to his masterpiece, Music for 18 Musicians. It addresses performance issues encountered by the musicians in Reich's original ensemble and the techniques they developed to bring his compositions to life. Drawing comparisons with West African drumming and other non-Western music, the book highlights ideas that are helpful in the understanding and performance of rhythm in all pulse-based music. Through conversations and interviews with the author, Reich discusses his percussion background and his thoughts about rhythm in relation to the music of Ghana, Bali, India, and jazz. He explains how he used rhythm in his early compositions, the time feel he wants in his music, the kind of performer who seems to be drawn to his music, and the way perceptual and metrical ambiguity create interest in repetitive music.




Chess for Kids


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Master one of the world’s most fascinating games — chess! Learn how to play chess through this fun, illustrated chess guide! A board game like no other, chess challenges young minds to think strategically about moves by applying the principles of chess to their club games, tournaments and championships. Take your skills even further by gaining a deeper appreciation for the aim of the game and tactics. The chess book for kids age 9 and older includes: • Chessboard graphics that show how to apply the principles you learn in real-life game situations • A breakdown of the value, importance and role of each piece • A history section provides background on the game and its origins, reflecting the latest changes in the game and how it’s played International chess master and tutor Michael Basman show you everything you need to know to improve your tactics and win more games. Go from beginner chess player to chess champion by following the expert advice in Chess for Kids. Soon you’ll know the difference between chess pieces (your bishop from your knight!) and how to use them strategically, when to use the castling move and how to counter the Queen’s Gambit. Dive into the history of chess and learn from the greatest players and games. Before explaining techniques, the book builds your fundamental knowledge of chess and boosts your understanding of its value, power and importance. Chessboard graphics illustrate different scenarios so you can visualize different chess moves and their potential outcomes and learn the best move to make in any given situation.




The Joint Book


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The Joint Book features illustrated instructions for over 70 joints—providing easy-to-follow step-by-step directions for creating edge and scarf joints, lapped and housed joints, mortise and tenon joints, miters and bevels, dovetails, dowels and biscuits, and detailed descriptions of fasteners, hardware, and knockdown joints. This book is the perfect companion for any woodworker interested in improving their joint-making skills. This hardcover book with internal spiral binding is 6.5" × 8", the perfect size for carpenters and woodworkers to keep near their workbench or toolbox for quick access.The design of this book allows it to lay open flat for easy and frequent reference. The interior photographs, illustrations, and diagrams make the learning process simple and fun for beginners, while advanced readers will gain insight from the book's useful tips. Within, you'll find: Step-by-step illustrated instructions for making all the basic joints in every joint family—mortise and tenon, dovetails, miters, and more—and their variations. Both hand tool methods and power tool techniques, plus a variety of easy-to-build jigs. How the nature of wood and its properties affect joinery, glue, and furniture design. The Joint Book is the ultimate workshop reference, providing woodworkers with the knowledge to choose the right joint for the job.