When I heard about this book my first thought was, “Why hasn’t this been done before?” Hock Tools has benefited greatly by the renaissance of hand woodworking tools, skills, instruction and advocacy. Much of that thanks belongs to the efforts of Popular Woodworking magazine and books. That encouragement and the advent of the internet gave woodworkers access to arcane knowledge. Many of you picked up and carried the hand tool torch to a new era of hand woodworking.
Even so, many woodworkers continued to cling to a handtool-dismissing power tool catechism they learned in high school shop, eschewing the hand plane whilst pledging fealty to the jointer.
Marc Spagnuolo’s Hybrid Woodworking does a brilliant job of reconciling the power-tool/hand-tool divide. Marc has gained some fame in the woodworking community as “The Wood Whisperer” with his website of valuable content about all aspects of woodworking. Now he’s offering a peaceful settlement in the ongoing “conflict” between Normites and Neanderthals. Hands across the workbench. Or something like that.
In his very friendly, witty, conversational style Marc finally answers that burning question: When to Use Which to do What? I for one have never advocated that any woodworker go all hand-tools. I understand the efficiency of properly applied power. Roughing, dimensioning, making multiple blanks — power tools are the go-to answer. But for fine work, precision fitting and a surface finish that you simply cannot get with power tools, Marc helps you select the hand tools to balance the power tools and suggests when to use which. This book will make a great gift for anyone looking to expand his or her woodworking tool kit and experience.