Jim Whitman has been working with wood for more than forty years. He started woodworking as a hobby while directing his graphic design studio in Clifton, New Jersey. In 1973, Jim and his family moved to a farm in rural Lafayette, New Jersey. Jim built a barn to house his wood shop hobby. During this time, he was introduced to the Peters Valley Craft Education Center in nearby Layton, New Jersey. He was inspired by many great teachers taking classes from some of woodworking's eminent personalities such as Tage Frid, Sam Maloof, Jere Osgood, Mack Headley, and Toshio Odote. Jim was so passionate about the mission of teaching crafts that he served on the Peters Valley Board of Directors for twenty years. In 2001, Jim retired from his graphics business and the Peters Valley Board to continue with his ever increasing woodworking commissions as well as teaching and consulting. Jim says, "I am so lucky to be able to work at what I love."
"Woodworker and first-time author Whitman shines in this addition to Quarry’s studio handbook series. Shop layout, tools, and materials are followed by a dozen projects that illustrate different techniques. The projects are organized well, with tools and materials lists and thumbnail instructional photos. The book’s illustrations and design are top-notch and attractive. VERDICT: With its broad range of techniques and projects, this is more appropriate for an intermediate woodworker, as beginners will not have the needed equipment or skills. While more focused books on specific woodworking tools and techniques are available, this is a good overview. Recommended for larger public libraries." - Library Journal