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This profile was last updated on 9/8/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Stephen Shepherd

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Employment History

  • Learned Woodworker
  • Full Chisel
25 Total References
Web References
WoodCentral, 8 Sept 2011 [cached]
Stephen Shepherd
Hide Glue - Historical and Practical ... [cached]
Hide Glue - Historical and Practical Applications by Stephen Shepherd
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Hide Glue - Historical and Practical Applications by Stephen Shepherd
Hide Glue - Historical and Practical Applications by Stephen Shepherd
There are hide glue advocates that remain, and Stephen Shepherd is one of them. Mr. Shepherd is a learned woodworker, schooled heavily in traditional methods and materials. He publishes an oft-updated blog at, which is a great resource for many woodworking tasks, and a must-read for any hand tool enthusiast. He's worked as a "period" woodworker in a pioneer village, restores and builds traditional furniture and tools, and has published previous works on woodworking in the 19th century as well as some magazine articles. His latest work, titled "Hide Glue - Historical and Practical Applications", is an attempt to educate today's woodworker on the uses and benefits of hide glue.
My opinion of it? This is not a book that every woodworker will want to read - but honestly they should. I don't believe there has been a book written about this subject before, at least not one with this depth by someone who actually knows and understands the qualities and use of hide glue with as much understanding of it as Mr. Shepherd. It is an impressive collection of knowledge, covering the history of hide glue, to the chemistry behind it, to varieties and strengths available, techniques used, additives to extend open time or to waterproof the glue, and tips on using and even where to acquire it.
The book does have it's faults... for a modern text, the author does tend to ramble and repeat himself on occasion, and it reads somewhat more at times like a collection of notes than as an ordered reference book. There are some references to things that go unexplained that are somewhat bothersome. For example - Mr. Shepherd in one section refers to an "extender" for a clamp - he mentions that he saw many illustrations of them in old woodworking tomes but didn't understand what they were for, until he finally figured it out.
Also be sure to check out Stephen Shepherd's web site - - you can see the articles in the Norse Woodsmith aggregator here, also.
Alburnam, 6 July 2014 [cached]
Ó 2000-2001 Stephen A. Shepherd
Turning on a Treadle Lathe
August « 2011 « Full Chisel Blog, 1 Aug 2011 [cached]
Filed under: For Sale or Trade,Historical Material,Layout Tools,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Techniques,Uncategorized - Stephen Shepherd @ 5:07 pm
Filed under: Carving,Clamping,Documentation,Hide Glue,Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Restoration,Spinning Wheel,Techniques,Uncategorized - Stephen Shepherd @ 7:58 am
Filed under: Carving,Clamping,Documentation,Hide Glue,Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Publications,Restoration,Spinning Wheel,Techniques,Uncategorized - Stephen Shepherd @ 9:46 am
Filed under: Hardware,Hide Glue,Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Restoration,Spinning Wheel,Techniques,Uncategorized - Stephen Shepherd @ 10:12 am
Filed under: Alchemy,Finishing,Furniture,Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Techniques,Uncategorized,Wood - Stephen Shepherd @ 3:30 pm
I put this out a number of years ago, it is on my web site but doesn't show up on searches. It is rather long.
Moses T's Guide To Furniture Care & Restoration by Stephen A. Shepherd
Filed under: Alchemy,Hide Glue,Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Publications,Techniques,Uncategorized - Stephen Shepherd @ 11:33 am
Filed under: Alchemy,Finishing,For Sale or Trade,Furniture,Historical Material,Of Interest,Publications,Restoration,Techniques,Uncategorized,Wood - Stephen Shepherd @ 10:12 am
I started manufacturing this stuff back in the 1970s for customers in my antique repair business, called Moses Trader Shepherd's Cabinet Shop, named after my great, great grandfather.
Filed under: Historical Material,Layout Tools,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Publications,Spinning Wheel,Techniques,Uncategorized - Stephen Shepherd @ 1:18 pm
Filed under: Alchemy,Finishing,Hide Glue,Historical Material,Of Interest,Publications,Techniques,Uncategorized,Wood - Stephen Shepherd @ 10:08 am
Filed under: Alchemy,Historical Material,Of Interest,Techniques,Uncategorized - Stephen Shepherd @ 4:05 pm
WoodCentral, 8 May 2000 [cached]
Stephen Shepherd
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