The Table Maker

A Carpenter's Guide to Life
Joel Bird
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 Table Maker is part meditation and part guide book, and has within its pages the information needed to make a quality table of your own.

'The tables I like are quiet. They sit patiently waiting for the day's purpose to reveal itself. They offer themselves to a room, not attempting to grab attention or dominate, inconspicuous in their simplicity, saving their qualities for those who are interested. The table that I grew up with was one such example. A simple 5' x 3' pine table, four legs joined with mortise and tenon joints, a wide apron to support decent dimensions. It still sits as composed as ever in my parent's dining room. It has participated in the raising of two generations that ate and grew and learned at its surface and there is no reason why it won't participate in two more. Can an object such as this be described as having a soul?'

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9781788700030 (20 Sep 2018)
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More about Joel Bird

Joel Bird was the first winner of Channel 4's Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year competition in 2014, and has appeared as a judge on every series since then. Other TV and media appearances: Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Garden; Eating Well with Hemsley and Hemsley; The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, BBC R2; Grand Designs Live; Manspace Magazine; Completely London.

He 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. His work can be found at

Joel lives in North London with his family. And his shed.