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June 29, 2009

Hide Glue – Historical & Practical Applications, more reviews

Filed under: Hide Glue,Moxon,Of Interest,Publications,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 6:06 am

Hide Glue - Historical & Practical Applications

Gary Roberts over at Toolemera has read the book and offers a review of my new book. And I am not embarrassed.

Leif Hansen at Norse Woodsmith also did a review and was more critical.  I should have included an illustration of a ‘clamp extender’, which in the spirit of Moxon, I illustrated in Shepherds’ Compleat Early Nineteenth Century Woodworker.

Just found another review on Larry’s Wood’n Bits Workshop.

I am pleased with all the reviews, thank you gentlemen.  And while both books are listed as ‘out of stock’ on Joel’s web site, he will have more copies of both books this week.



  1. While ordering Stephen’s book from Tools for Working Wood, order a pound of hide glue while you’re at it. Once you read Stephen’s book you’ll need some (grin).

    Cheers — Larry

    Comment by Larry Marshall — June 29, 2009 @ 7:28 am

  2. Stephen

    I am still half-way through reading “Hide Glue” and am enjoying it (even allowing for some of the lengthy sentences and other minor criticisms that Leif Hansen makes).

    I really like the idea of using glass jars inside the glue pot to keep the glue clean and to allow one to swap from one hide glue mix to another. I wonder whether one could just put the glass jar directly into the water? All one would need is a wooden collar arouond the top of the jar to allow it to be suspended in the water from the lip of the outer pot. Have you ever tried this? I suppose the jatr should be warmed a bit before putting in the water so it does not crack.

    Many thanks for putting this very helpful book together.



    Comment by Jeremy Kriewaldt — June 29, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

  3. Larry,

    Good idea or you could order a bottle of Patrick Edward’s Old Brown Glue.


    Well, sometimes I do write lengthy sentences, I hope you can forgive me and most glass jars, such as baby food jars have already been subject to high temperatures during the manufacturing process of the food, so it shouldn’t be a problem just putting the glass jars directly into a water bath, just not directly on the heat source, I put the glass jar in the glue pot with water in both the jacket and the pot, as the water in the jacket can get a bit rusty and having it in the clean water of the pot helps transfer the heat and keep the jar clean on the outside.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — June 30, 2009 @ 5:32 am

  4. I think longish sentences are a direct result of reading too many 18th and 19th C books as these self-same titles tend to the verbose, in particular when the writer delves into the finer points of a favorite subject: or uses punctuation in a less than familiar form, giving us moderns a case of the heebie-jeebies as we attempt to decipher the convolutions of early thought. Or maybe not.


    Comment by Gary Roberts — June 30, 2009 @ 11:45 pm

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