Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Books: "The Way of the Woodshop" By Aleksandra Zee

THE WAY OF THE WOODSHOP: Creating, Designing & Decorating with Wood
By Aleksandra Zee
Dey Street Books; hardcover, $26.99; E-Book, $13.99; available today, October 22

Celebrated Oakland-based woodworker Aleksandra Zee creates and sells original and commissioned pieces, teaches monthly woodshops at her studio in Oakland, and speaks regularly to audiences on her craft.

In her new book, The Way of the Woodshop, Zee invites us into Zee's cozy Bay Area woodshop, and shows aspiring woodworkers how to create beautiful, one of a kind do-it-yourself projects. 

As you go through this meditative guidebook, which is packed with stunning photography, Zee covers the basics, guiding amateur carpenters through the processes of choosing the right lumber, to understanding different wood types and grains, to curating a tool collection, along with tips on decorating with wood and curating a space that is designed to fit your unique needs and style.

Along the way, Aleksandra encourages readers to delve into their creativity and relish the joys that come from working with their hands, sharing lessons from her own empowering journey as a young woman who carved out her own space in this historically male profession.

Zee details the process of choosing the right lumber, understanding different wood types and grains, and curating a tool collection, inspiring them on their quest to decorate their home or create personal handmade gifts.

DIY projects in The Way of the Woodshop include: Cutting boards, Blanket ladder; Daybed; Dining table and bench; and a Wood-framed mirror.

This entertaining and educational book will guide readers of any age and gender through maintaining a life based in creativity, inspiring them to grab a sander and discover the joy of woodcraft one gorgeous, one-of-a-kind wooden piece at a time.

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