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268100 "John M Johnston (jmjhnstn)" <jmjhnstn@m...> 2019‑03‑13 Neat new book!
Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847)

 by Joshua A. Klein

Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847) was the first settled minister of the frontier town
of Blue Hill, Maine. Harvard-educated and handy with an axe, Fisher spent his
adult life building furniture for his community. Fortunately for us, Fisher
recorded every aspect of his life as a woodworker and minister on the frontier.

In this book, author Joshua A. Klein, the founder of Mortise & Tenon Magazine,
examines what might be the most complete record of the life of an early 19th-
century American craftsman. Using Fisher’s papers, his tools and the surviving
furniture, Klein paints a picture of a man of remarkable mechanical genius,
seemingly boundless energy and the deepest devotion. It is a portrait that is at
times both familiar and completely alien to a modern reader – and one that will
likely change your view of furniture making in the early days of the United

“Hands Employed Aright” is printed in the United States. Its 288 pages are in
full color and on heavy coated paper. The pages are sewn for durability,
hardbound and covered in a full-color dust jacket.

Published by Lost Art Press, 2018


John Johnston

“P.S. If you do not receive this, of course it must have been miscarried;
therefore I beg you to write and let me know.” - Sir Boyle Roche, M.P.
268101 Zachary Dillinger <zacharydillinger@g...> 2019‑03‑13 Re: Neat new book!
I don't say this lightly but Hands Employed Aright is perhaps the most
important woodworking book of our time.
Zachary Dillinger

On Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 3:59 PM John M Johnston (jmjhnstn) <
jmjhnstn@m...> wrote:
268104 Ed Minch <ruby1638@a...> 2019‑03‑13 Re: Neat new book!
Josh Kline spoke perhaps 3 times at the last Woodworking ion the 18th Century at
Williamsburg in January.  The story of Fisher is quite remarkable in the depth
of the documentation, the breadth of his skill in all fields and the existing
pieces. WHen he died in his 80’s he was still using the wooden geared clock he
built in college!  A very worthy read.

Ed Minch
268106 Dan Beck <drumsandbacon@g...> 2019‑03‑14 Re: Neat new book!
This book looks great and is on my wishlist. Anything by Mortise and Tenon or
Lost Art Press is going to be high quality and instructional for sure.
268111 Nathan Goodwin <hiscarpentry@g...> 2019‑03‑14 Re: Neat new book!
Just got this as a late Christmas present. (My mother in law lost it!) I am
completely blown away by the quality and workmanship of the book itself. And the
content is absolutely priceless.

Nathan Goodwin 
H.I.S. Carpentry 
Honesty. Integrity. Service.
Blog: https://hiscarpentryblog
268118 chasingmountains 2019‑03‑15 Re: Neat new book!
I received this book for Christmas and have been anxious to start reading it but
there were a few others ahead of it which needed finishing.  Looks like I’ll be
able to start in on it this weekend!  Glad to hear it’s as great as I had hoped.

268126 Christopher Dunn <christopherdunn123@g...> 2019‑03‑16 Re: Neat new book!

I was amazed at the amount of furniture and other things he was able
to produce, using less than one-hundred tools, and still work as a
minister. I wish my productivity was one-tenth as much.


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