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 The Work Magazine Reprint Project

WORK - An Illustrated Journal of Practice and Theory


Greetings Workateers! Our fourth and final volume has come to a close and so has the Work Magazine Reprint Project. After 200 issues, the library at TFWW is out of source material.

It's been a very good run. I have no doubt that the materials we scanned and posted will continue to make an impact, but for the time being we are done publishing. It may happen that someone will locate a copy of Volume 5 for us and we'll pick up where we left off. It's also possible that we may decide to resume activity with an entirely different source publication.

Still, if you follow Joel's Blog at all you'll be aware of the fact that TFWW is moving locations. A hiatus of some sort would be unavoidable, so the timing really couldn't be better. Here, before I'm forced to disassemble it for shipping, take a gander at our Glorious Book Ripper in all of it's hopped-up, modded-out splendor:

If you scroll down to the yellow cartouche that normally lists article titles, you'll find it has been filled with the names of people who helped make this project a reality. Thank you all and especially thank you to our loyal readers. So many of you have reached out with encouraging comments and interesting questions that all tedium and drudgery was drained away from the work of this project. I hope you'll continue to share this resource with others keen on learning and making, and let it fan the flames of your own curiosity and invention whenever your creative battery might need a recharge.

Let me close for now, by saying that it's late here at the office, and if any wiped-out sap around here it's me. Time to look forward to the future with a glass raised to the past. Cheers everyone. -TIM CORBETT

Disclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.
The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.
The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and enabling this project to get off the ground.
You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.

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01/21/2016 George Crawford
Thanks so much for putting these on line. They have been a real treat to read and I have shared them with many people.
01/21/2016 Steve D
You, your team, and your work are a terrific resource to the woodworking community.

Thanks for all of your efforts seeking information and goodies for us to use.

Steve D
01/21/2016 ROBERT LINDH
Thank you..Thank you...Thank you....Very much enjoyed your republication of WORK. Thanks again.
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