There is little doubt that Charles H. Hayward (1898-1998) was the most important workshop writer and editor of the 20th century. Unlike any person before (and perhaps after) him, Hayward was a trained cabinetmaker and extraordinary illustrator, not to mention an excellent designer, writer, editor and photographer.
Add to all that the fact that Hayward was, according to Robert Wearing, a “workaholic,” and you have a good picture as to why we spent almost eight years laboring to bring this book to life to honor his work.
As editor of The Woodworker magazine from 1939 to 1967, Hayward oversaw the transformation of the craft from one that was almost entirely hand-tool based to a time where machines were common, inexpensive and had displaced the handplanes, chisels and backsaws of Hayward’s training and youth.
This massive project – offered in four volumes totaling 1,492 pages in all – seeks to reprint a small part of the information Hayward published in The Woodworker during his time as editor in chief. This is information that hasn’t been seen or read in decades. No matter where you are in the craft, from a complete novice to a professional, you will find information here you cannot get anywhere else.
During the last eight years, we have culled, organized, scanned, edited and re-edited these articles to create these four hardbound volumes. This is not simply a quick reprint of old magazines. We have reset all of the type. We have scanned and cleaned every image (there are more than 4,000 drawings and photos). The entire project took hundreds of hours and a dozen people all over the country.
Volume I: Tools
The first volume covers sharpening, setting out tools, chisels, planes, saws, boring tools, carving tools, turning, veneering and inlay. It is 456 pages.
Volume II: Techniques
The second volume covers hand-tool techniques, from making doors and drawers, mouldings, assemblies, panels and various kinds of legs. It is 432 pages.
Volume III: Joinery
This book covers all types of woodwork joints, including how to design them, cut them and fix them when things go awry. It is 276 pages.
Volume IV: The Shop & Furniture
Includes the design and construction of workbenches, tool chests, appliances and wall cabinets. Also, a discussion of all the important Western furniture styles, including their construction, mouldings and metal hardware. This section also includes the construction drawings for many important and famous pieces of furniture examined by Charles H. Hayward during his tenure at The Woodworker magazine. It is 336 pages.
Like all Lost Art Press books, “The Woodworker: The Charles Hayward Years” is produced and printed entirely in the United States. The books are printed on smooth acid-free #60 paper and joined with a tough binding that is sewn, affixed with fiber tape and then glued. The pages are covered in dense hardbound covers that are wrapped with cotton cloth.
View a complete Table of Contents for all four volumes here. Vol. 1 (Tools) is pages 2 to 456. Vol. 2 (Techniques) is pages 464 to 887. Vol 3. (Joinery) is pages 890 to 1163. Vol 4. (The Shop & Furniture) is pages 1170 to 1488.