The Encyclopedia of Green Woodworking


Ray Tabor

This is one our best selling titles from the master woodsman Ray Tabor about the natural way of working with unseasoned wood to create a huge variety of useful products. Based on over three decades of working with green wood, Ray has collected all his knowledge together in the Encyclopedia of Green Woodworking – a book for beginners and experts alike. Contents include: creating & maintaining your own woodland; key skills; fuel; fencing & hurdles; lathes and turnery; baskets; walking sticks; spoons; benches, stools & chairs; garden furniture and more. Clear away the mystique and acquire a creative and inexpensive skill. If you want to make something from green wood comprehensive instructions will probably be found in this book.

When we asked Ray to update the Encyclopedia  of Green Woodworking he said not much had changed, the technique and products had been good for the last 1000 years, so should be OK for the next 1000. We did however update some stuff and all the references for the latest edition.

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Encyclopedia of Green Woodworking


  1. The nature of wood
  2. The right wood for the job
  3. Growing your own word
  4. Obtaining your word
  5. Safety
  6. Edged tools
  7. Tools for sawing, hitting, splitting and drilling
  8. A second pair of hands
  9. Measuring, patterns and gauges
  10. Pole Lathes, steamers and kilns
  11.  The key skills
  12. Gardens, fuel and buildings
  13. Fencing
  14. Tools and tent pegs
  15. Turnery and treen
  16.  Benches, stools and chairs
  17. Baskets
  18. Medley of sticks, spoons and whistles
  19. The future for Green Woodworking

Appendix 1  Dimensions of unusual tools and devices
Appendix 2  Marketing and selling your produce
Appendix 3  Green Woodworking glossary
Appendix 4  Useful addresses

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Weight 610 g


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