The Boy Joiner and Model Maker is a book containing "practical directions for making numerous articles for use and ornament, mechanical toys, models, and with
descriptions of various tools, and the method of using them." It was originally published in 1874 and has been reprinted in 2003.
By picking up this book, I was transported back to yester-year, a time when men would teach their sons trades and skills. Some, even most, of the items would still be an awesome project for a boy while creating a treasured possession. The pictures are black and white, pencil sketches. The directions are clear and spoken in a wise tone with rich language used to convey ideas. Davidson even points out some possible pitfalls a boy might take, and suggestions of how and why to avoid them. One problem might be finding the style tools mentioned in working condition at a reasonable price, since many would be considered antique. However, the concept of the tools is the same today as it was then. In fact, many are now available in a modernized version. Moreover,
the plans could be adapted to the use of more contemporary tools. Also, the prices of wood have increased since the 1800's. Woodworking terms are used with a description or definition then given. The geometrical chapter would encourage the practicality of math skills in building and creating. Quality workmanship is emphasized throughout this book.
This book teaches so much more than woodworking. The issues of character development are whispered through the pages. The skills gained and projects made are further enhanced by the picture of history given to us in this wonderful reprint.