Not so long ago I heard an argument on a podcast about whether or not “LISTENING” to an audio book was the same as “READING” the book. And as the argument continued, it appeared the underlying issue between the participants wasn’t whether someone “LISTENING” to the book vs “READING” the book was getting more or less from what the author had written.
Instead, the argument was centered around whether it was OK to say that “LISTENING” to an audio book warranted the listener the right to say they had “READ” the book, when in fact they hadn’t.
I don’t know about you, but if it weren’t for audio books (or movies) I’d never have completed any of my English Literature classes in school. So as far as I’m concerned, it counts!
What does this have to with woodworking? Glad you asked! This week Lost Art Press announced the release of their audio-book version of “The Joiner & Cabinet Maker” voiced by none other than Roy Underhill.
According to the Lost Art Press Blog post announcing the release of the audio book (CLICK HERE TO READ IT’S ENTIRETY):
“The Joiner & Cabinet Maker,” the almost-lost 1839 text that tells the fictional story of young Thomas West’s apprenticeship in a rural English workshop…
…“The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” is a book that has opened up the world of hand-tool woodworking for thousands of people. The book’s anonymous author detailed the day-to-day workings of a hand-tool workshop in the early days of the 19th century as a way to guide children who were thinking about entering the woodworking trade.
The book begins with instructions on how to sweep the shop, tend the shop’s fire and help the other journeymen. It ends with the hero, Thomas, building a full-blown chest of drawers as a journeyman.
The original text is extremely rare and was unearthed by Joel Moskowitz, the owner of Tools for Working Wood. He brought it to the attention of Lost Art Press, and that partnership resulted in the publication of print version of “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker.”
To find out more information, including to download the audio book, visit the Lost Art Press website by CLICKING HERE
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