Restoring, Tuning and Using Classic Woodworking Tools – Michael Dunbar (9.5/10)

Michael Dunbar's classic work, revised and updated is the resource you need to  understand woodworking hand tools. This book is designed for those interested in restoring tools to a functioning state and along the way tuning them to get the best from them. His easy style and highly readable text and valuable images and drawings … Continue reading Restoring, Tuning and Using Classic Woodworking Tools – Michael Dunbar (9.5/10)

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Mastering Hand Tool Techniques – Alan & Gill Bridgewater (7.5/10)

One of the best books found on the art of using hand tool. Lots here for anyone interested in getting to grips with woodworking hand tools. This one will be an addition to the library in the future.    

Jewellery Maker’s Field Guide, Tools and Essential Techniques – Helen I Driggs (8.5/10)

Another book found during my research into metalworking for modellers. This book is the standard by which all other books on tools and techniques should be measured. The simple and straightforward manner of presentation, the description of the tools and techniques made for an enjoyable read. Tools were described and you were provided with how-to's … Continue reading Jewellery Maker’s Field Guide, Tools and Essential Techniques – Helen I Driggs (8.5/10)

Simple Soldering – A beginner’s guide to making jewellery – Kate Ferrent Richbourg (7.5/10)

I've been looking into the craft skills needed to produce and work with different metals specific to modelling. Among the books I've found during my search this one was the easiest to understand for the newbie and was laid out in a logical, growth of skills oriented manner. Each skill task building on the one … Continue reading Simple Soldering – A beginner’s guide to making jewellery – Kate Ferrent Richbourg (7.5/10)

Panzer III – Owners’ Workshop Manual (7/10)

For the modeller and historian this book will provide great appeal. However, there are some issues with the photos and captions in the book that left me often perplexed and sometimes stumped. That aside though, there is a wealth of detail for the modeller especially with highly detailed photos of this particular WW2 panzer. The … Continue reading Panzer III – Owners’ Workshop Manual (7/10)

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (10/10)

Ernest Cline's 2011 (début) novel is set in the not to distant , if somewhat lackluster future, of 2044 and concerns that trials and tribulations of Wade Watt's a High School senior whose life revolves around the finding of a literal pot of gold bequeathed by a game designer to the users of the 'Oasis'. … Continue reading Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (10/10)

Spies in the Family – Eva Dillon (9.0/10)

I am a fan of cold-war fiction, having read it extensively in my youth having grown up in the 1970s and 80s. Le Carre, Ian Fleming and others were one of my staples when not reading my other love - science fiction. This book peaked my interest being non-fiction, with a focus on the first … Continue reading Spies in the Family – Eva Dillon (9.0/10)