This April, the Preservation Carpentry students at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and I explored the use of geometry in construction: Practical Geometry.
We practiced drawing circles, rectangles, floor plans and window layouts with a compass and straight edge. I gave a PowerPoint introduction on the historic use of geometry. The students asked good questions.
We often referred to the books I had with me.
I had not made a list of those books, a bibliography. The students asked for one.
Here it is.
Bibliography for the Preservation Carpentry Program, NBBS, 2023
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Benjamin, Asher. The Country Builder’s Assistant, 1797, Dickman, printer, Greenfield, MA – reprint by Applewood Books, Bedford, MA.
*The American Builder’s Companion, 6th edition, 1827, RP &C Williams, Boston
Biddle, Owen. *Young Carpenter’s Assistant, 1805, published by Benjamin Johnson, Philadelphia.
Downes, Kerry, Sir Christopher Wren: The design of St. Paul's Cathedral, 1988, Trefoil Publication1805,s, Ltd., London
Gibbs, James. *Book on Architecture, London, 1728
Langley, Batty, The Builder's Director or Bench-Mate, 1751, printed for and sold by H.Piers, London
Nicholson, Peter. The Carpenter’s New Guide, 1793, London; 10th ed., Philadelphia, 1830.
Pain, William, The Practical Builder, London, 1774.
Palladio, Andreas. *The 4 Books of Architecture, 1570, translated and published by Isaac Ware,London, 1738.
Serlio, Sebastian. On Architecture, Lyon, France 1530, translated in1611, on-line.Translated by Vaughan Hart and Peter Hicks, 1996, Yale University Press, New Haven
*Serlio on Domestic Architecture, 1978, MIT Press, Cambridge,MA, and the Architectural Foundation, NY; Dover Publication.
Shaw, Edward. *The Modern Architect, Dayton & Wentworth, Boston, 1854
Smith, Laurie,** The Geometrical Design of St. David’s Cathedral Nave Ceiling, 2017;
Architectural Geometry A Rare Geometrical Record from Rural Devon, 2020;
The Geometrical Design Of Harmondsworth Great Barn, 2021; published by The Geometric Design Works in partnership with the UK Carpenters' Fellowship, printed Exeter, UK.
Vitruvius, Marcus. *The Ten Books on Architecture, c. 10 BCE, translated by Morris Hicky Morgan, Harvard University Press, 1914.
Walker, George and Tolpin, Jim, By Hound and Eye, A Plain and Easy Guide to Designing Furniture with no Further Trouble, 2015, Lost Art Press, Fort Mitchell, KY.
Ware, William R. *The American Vignola, 1903
* reprint available through Dover Publications
** I act as a US distributor for Laurie Smith's books. I buy them in batches which makes the postage reasonable. Please contact me if you would like to purchase one.
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