Light is a powerful force for design inspiration. From the mundane to the bizarre, the strictly functional to the wildly ostentatious, a panoply of objects has been created in response to the desire for artificial illumination. This first title in the V&A Contemporary Series explores the exciting range of new lighting forms and technologies from…


In the Age of Disposables–fashion, phones, glasses, and even friends –some people are finding joy by rediscovering the simple life. They’re cleaning house, both literally and figuratively, and finding themselves better for it. By getting rid of excess “stuff” and trimming down their over-filled schedules, they feel happier and more fulfilled than ever before. It’s…


Learn the tricks, shortcuts and tools of the trade in this easy-to-follow book and DVD set. It is suitable for both weekend refinishers and professional woodworkers. It includes insider tips on evaluating the condition of a piece & reviving finishes to enhance its beauty. Old furniture, whether a treasured heirloom or consignment shop find, is…


This is a comprehensive guide to the setting-up, maintenance and repair of all the major machines found in a woodworker’s workshop:- tablesaws, jointers, planers, bandsaws, drill presses, routers and chopsaws. Owner’s manuals are next to useless for this purpose, and woodworking machine mechanics are very hard to find! The book provides a complete manual so…


Utilising fewer tools, this manual makes the violinmaking process easy for the everyday crafter. Using step-by-step instructions and hundreds of detailed drawings and colour photographs, the obscure language and unfamiliar techniques of instrument-making are given a populist overhaul in this newly revised and expanded resource. Requiring only basic tools and everyday woods, aspiring luthiers can…


Nationally known carver Bob Lundy shares the techniques of relief carving in an easy to follow book. Amply illustrated, it takes the reader step-by-step through two carving projects and offers the information needed to carry out even more. With everything carved by hand, the book is written for both the beginner and for the veteran….