Chapter 1: 1900 and Before


Chapter Outline

1:1. Background Information, useful for understanding developments in woodworking

1:2. Magazines with woodworking content; Woodworking manuals (for statistics on numbers of magazine titles and manuals published, decade by decade, see Appendix 5)

1:3. Typical workshop space available to amateur woodworkers

1:4. Hand tools vs Power machines

1:5.Technological development

1:6. Motivations for woodworking

1:7. Aesthetic tastes of century

Reducing "aesthetic tastes of a century" to one or two webpages has the sound of an unjustified pretentiousness on my part, a sense that I am definitely seeking to avoid. First, in truth, several aesthetic themes that impinge upon the history of woodworking flow throughout the century: the emergence of power woodworking machinery, the decline to the woodworker guild system, major shifts in the education of recruits for the woodworking trade (see 1-8, below), reactions to the massive social changes emerging from the Industrial Revolution, e.g., "the factory system". Instead, think of these sections as works in progress, especially my attempts toward making sense out of the two major streams of design that flow throughout the 19th century: the Colonial Revival and the Arts and Crafts movement, a movement that occurred both in Europe and in America, but in each case with different results.

1:8. Education Programs that Support the Growth of Amateur Woodworking

    Overview of Chapter 1 1900 and Before - Education Programs that Support the Growth of Amateur Woodworking

    A. The Manual Labor Movement, 1820-1850

    B. Early Technical Training in Higher Institutions, 1850-?

    C. The Whittling School Movement, 1872-?

    D. The Manual Training Movement, 1876-1900: -- The Russian System

    E. The Manual Training Movement, 18??-1900: -- The Sloyd System

    F. "Teacher Training" for Woodworking Instructors