Published in 1903 by E. P. Dutton &
Company in New York is introduced as:
"The following pages have been
written with the hope that they may be of some use to young
armatures. When a boy, I experienced the greatest
difficulty in obtaining information on many of the simplest
pieces of work.
My friends could not tell me and the books were
so technical that I could not understand them; the result was
that I adopted many of the dodges, which are so common with
armatures, for the purpose of making my work better then it
really was, such as filling a bad joint with putty carefully
colored to match the wood, etc.
I have since had the good fortune
to be regularly taught in a large Engineering Works how tools
should be used. I have tried both kinds of work, and I
know that the workman's method is right, and that the "dodges"
are worse than useless.
I also know that the only way to
become a good workman is to begin quite at the beginning, and to
master the first stages before attempting to do more difficult
work. If I succeed in helping one or two young armatures,
I shall be amply repaid for the time expended in writing this
London, 5th April 1903
WOOD-WORKING is divided into many
branches, which have become, and are recognized by the unions,
as being separate trades.
First, there is the
carpenter, who builds the hulls of wooden vessels, lays
the decks, makes the wood masts and spars of all ships,
etc. He is assisted by the joiner, who makes the cabins
and internal fittings of vessels.
The joiner also makes the
floors and wood-work of houses, he builds sheds, makes
garden gates and palings, etc.
There is no such thing as a house-carpenter. There is also
the cabinet maker, the pattern-maker, the cooper, the
millwright, etc., and, last but not least, the turner,
without whose assistance all the other wood-workers would be
Each branch of wood-worker has some
tools peculiar to its trade, which are seldom or never used by
the other classes of wood-worker, but there are many tools which
are used by all, such as planes, chisels, gouges, hammers, etc.