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Review: Fine Woodworking Design Book Five

Review: Fine Woodworking Design Book Five by Scott Landis

Reviewed by Harry Fleishman

Originally published in American Lutherie #26, 1991 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Three, 2004

Fine Woodworking Design Book Five
Essay by Scott Landis: Northwest Woodworkers
Taunton Press, 1990
ISBN 0-942391-28-4

The first thing I noticed when I received my copy of Fine Woodworking’s Design Book Five was the handsome coffee-table quality of the photographs. This volume is both the largest so far, with 259 photos, all color, and the best looking, with many full-page pictures and a uniformly high standard of reproduction. The second thing I noticed was that none of my instruments were represented. Oh well, I like it anyway.

Will it appeal to luthiers in general? Probably. I think there are good ideas to be found looking at all sorts of good woodworking, and there are a lot of truly beautiful items here. Is it the great American guitar book? Absolutely not.

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