Fore­word by Nick Of­fer­man, Dor­ling Kin­der­s­ley, $45

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You’ve seen that look in the boss’s eyes: “Oh, to be a thou­sand Ks from here. Alone.” And for many men it’s a shed. DK’S gor­geously de­signed com­pen­dium ex­plains how to use more than 200 hand tools, from the dozuki (a sliv­er­thin Ja­panese cut­ting in­stru­ment) to dig­i­tal calipers. His fore­word pos­i­tively rhap­sodic, Of­fer­man finds “an adze ev­ery bit as com­pelling as Gan­dalf’s magic sword Glam­dring”. He de­scribes the text as “down­right Homeric”.

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