Launched as a quarterly magazine and now published bimonthly, Quercus celebrates the art and craft of woodworking by hand, featuring the voices of craftspeople and makers from around the world. Named for the genus to which oak belongs, the magazine highlights workmanship and design, woodworking techniques, tools and traditions spanning the centuries.
In this issue, a new series spotlighting the rise of short woodworking courses (Short Course Revolution) begins with a week at Westonbirt Woodworks, learning to make a Windsor chair. Robin Gates puts down his flat planes to restore and test out some concave and convex wooden planes, and later explores the history of the Stanley PowerLock system.
Dylan Iwakuni demonstrates how he repaired damaged supports in a traditional Japanese house, and plane maker Raney Nelson tells Quercus about his transition from the Navy to the tech sector and eventually to making kits for building infill planes.
Charles Mak shares three simple methods for hanging a board or door on your bench, and Christopher Schwarz gives tips on vises and other useful tips that can be found on blogs.
Ethan Sincox explains Dutch-style inlaying to salvage boards with knots or cracks in them, and Gabriel Hemery writes on the mighty oak tree (Quercus) and discusses threats to the species, uses for the wood and the future of oak. Sean Hellman demonstrates the methods and benefits of hollow-grinding chisels, Henri Van Rooij takes on the challenge of making Japanese stools, and Nick Gibbs reviews Lee Valley’s new replica of a Stanley 50 honing guide.
Other contributors to this issue include Bill Ratcliffe, who recounts building workbenches with Andy Flynn and discovering the benefits of Rubio Monocoat as a benchtop finish. Curtis Buchanan and Elia Bizarri team up to demonstrate the benefits of finishing a chair with milk paint, and the winner of the Young Woodworker of the Year is announced.
Printed on thin recycled paper with color photos. Sold as a single issue, not a subscription.
Softcover, 63 pages, 2022.