As the Industrial Revolution mechanized the jobs of the joiner â€“ building doors and windows by hand â€“ one anonymous joiner watched the traditional skills disappear and decided to do something about it.
That joiner wrote two short illustrated booklets that explained how to build doors and windows by hand. And what was most unusual about the booklets is that they focused on the basics of construction, from layout to joinery to construction â€“ for both doors and windows.
Plenty of books exist on building windows and doors, but most of them assume you have had a seven-year apprenticeship and donâ€™t need to know the basic skills of the house joiner. Or the doors and windows these books describe are impossibly complex or ornamental.
â€œDoormaking and Window-Makingâ€ starts you off at the beginning, with simple tools and simple assemblies; then it moves you step-by-step into the more complex doors and windows.
Every step in the layout and construction process is shown with handmade line drawings and clear text. The booklets are written from a voice of authority â€“ someone who has clearly done this for a long time.
During the last 100 years, most of these booklets disappeared. Booklets donâ€™t survive as well as books. And so we were thrilled when we were approached by joiner Richard Arnold in England, who presented us with a copy of each booklet to scan and reproduce for a book.
â€œDoormaking and Window-Makingâ€ is a hardbound book measuring 4-1/2â€ wide x 7-1/4â€ high. It is casebound, sewn and features acid-free paper. Like all Lost Art Press books, â€œDoormaking and Window-Makingâ€ is printed and bound entirely in the United States.