Gazette Archive 9/19/99
A book review: By Eric Smith
Title: The Fine Art Of Small-Scale
This is an inspirational book. A pretty bold statement to start a review but one that is justified by its subject. William Duce is an accomplished writer and manages to convey both practical knowledge and passion about his and others work.
Duce takes us through what is craft and what is art and what is neither. Throughout the book a level tone of insight balanced by fact and humour kept me extremely interested. The discussion of using exotic timbers is great, not to mention the chapter on safety, and most importantly the continued emphasis on the idea if you are not enjoying it - stop. Turning should be fun
If the text was not enough, the pictures in this book make it even better. Not being a small scale turner myself, I found the detail amazing (if not daunting). I showed this book to one of the best turners I know, Peter Williams, and he could not say enough good things about it. In fact I think he has started saving for a miniature lathe! He has been teaching turning classes for some years, and he was especially impressed with the ten golden rules of woodturning on page 71.
Those rules sum up the book, I enjoyed it immensely and thank Sterling and the WWA for the chance of reviewing it.
Editor's Note: Sterling Publishing has graciously donated several books for review which are passed on to our members free of charge. Thank You!