Calmness & Carpentry – The Table Maker; A Carpenter’s Guide To Life

Following his inspiring 2017 debut The Book of Shed, Joel Bird takes readers on a journey of self discovery and mindfulness in The Table Maker, a beautifully designed guide on meditation and the art of making your very own table.

The mindfulness of carpentry; sourcing and seasoning your timber; tongue and groove, lap and spleen; legs, aprons, stretchers and trestles; fox wedges and tenon joints: through his inimitable artistry, wit and individualism, Joel Bird passes on the skills of table making while also expressing the personal journey that accompanies the learning of these skills. Split into four parts – table beginnings, the table top, the table base and the table finishing – the book features a wonderful combination of coloured photographs and over 20 of Joel’s personal sketches, drawn throughout the building process.

The Table Maker is part meditation and part guidebook, and has within its pages the information needed to make a quality table of your own.


About the author

Joel Bird is an architect, artist, designer and shed builder, and has professionally designed and built small-scale timber sheds and extensions around South-East England for more than ten years.

He was also the first winner of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year competition in 2014, and has had several significant media appearances including Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden, Eating Well with Hemsley and Hemsley, The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Grand Designs Live, Manspace magazine and Completely London. His debut book, The Book of Shed, was published last year.


You can follow Joel at @MrJoelBird


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