A quarterly publication celebrating the art and craft of woodworking by hand, Quercus features 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 the first issue, editor Nick Gibbs gives an entertaining account of life off-grid in a former fishing shack in France, and traces events leading to the magazine’s launch. John Mayes’ research reveals the importance of Wycombe, a small town near London, to the British chairmaking trade in the 18th century, and James Mursell analyzes a Windsor chair’s shape relative to the human form.
Derek Jones encourages reliance on the senses to build confidence and control, rather than a mechanical approach, for improving sawing techniques, and Dylan Iwakuni reflects on the concentration needed for his meticulous work on a shrine gate in Osaka.
Recounting his days as a pedlar making spoons carved from greenwood with a knife and axe, Barn Carder appreciates beautiful objects made by ordinary people, and Drew Langsner describes his slojd approach to designing and carving a ladle.
Wide-ranging, informative articles by numerous other contributors include a profile of toolmaker Bill Carter, sources for hand-made tools, a comparison of two spokeshave kits and much more.
Printed on thin recycled paper with color photos. Sold as a single issue, not a subscription.
Softcover, 63 pages, 2020.