Review: The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years

In April I picked up a copy of “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years“, published by Lost Art Press. EXCEPTIONAL, is the only way to describe the two-volume set. I have a few of Hayward’s books, e.g. Woodwork Joints, and it is an astonishing work of art. The drawings are finely detailed and simple, the sort of work that is rarely seen today. There may be no better reference to the art of woodworking, the drawings help to bring woodworking to life.


Charles Hayward (1898-1998) was a prolific author of woodworking manuals, and editor of Woodworker Magazine from 1935-1968.

Volume I is on Tools, Volume II is on Technique. There is no doubt that these two volumes fill a void – condensing years of woodworking knowledge is not an easy task, surely made harder when the knowledge is in magazine format. Magazines like this don’t exist anymore. these volumes pay respect to people who have inspired a generation of woodworkers.

Obviously a lot of thought went into publishing these two volumes, and it is greatly appreciated. Collecting these magazines would be extremely challenging, and even in a digital world, it is unlikely digital versions of these older magazines would ever surface. Regardless of which, digital books and magazines just don’t have the same appeal as paper. The third volume, “Joinery”, will be available in December, with the last volume, “The Woodworker”,  to come in 2017.

These books are truly inspirational.


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