26 April 2010

Wood Flooring: A Complete Guide to Layout, Installation & Finishing


I have been on a serious wood floor kick lately and in a move that makes me think they can read my mind, the great folks at Taunton Press sent me a review copy of Wood Flooring: A Complete Guide to Layout, Installation & Finishing by Charles Peterson with Andy Engel. And wow what a book. Between Peterson's book and the accompanying 60-minute DVD, it would be safe to call this the definitive guide to all things wood floor.

Peterson holds a degree in engineering and has a 30-year history in the wood flooring business. He's a master craftsman and the owner of CP Hardwood Floors in Gales Ferry, CT. That's Peterson on one of his floors below.

Photo by Randy O'Rourke

He made that floor himself and it was named 2009's Floor of the Year Award from the National Wood Flooring Association. If you need further proof of his expertise stop reading now. Wow!

©Tom Hopkins Studio

It's brimming with gorgeous photographs of course, this is a Taunton project after all. Beyond the coffee table qualities of Peterson's new book, it's also a thorough guide for professionals. Peterson starts from square one in his book with a basic lumber review. He progresses through instructive chapters on jobsite preparation, installing subfloors and then a thorough guide to installing both plank and engineered wood floors.

With the basics out of the way, Peterson then branches out into parquet, inlay, marquetry, borders, aprons and medallions. The work he shows is his own primarily and it's inspiring to see someone so dedicated to his craft.

©Tom Hopkins Studio

After all the eye candy in the middle of the book, he then moves onto chapters on sanding, finishing and then wraps up everything with a chapter devoted to problems and solutions.

©Tom Hopkins Studio

If you have a need to a good reference guide to wood floors, this is it. Interestingly enough, it's also a terrific inspiration guide and a fitting addition to my design library. That is a difficult balancing act to pull off and Peterson does it with grace and skill.

©Tom Hopkins Studio

You can order a copy of Wood Flooring: A Complete Guide to Layout, Installation & Finishing by Charles Peterson with Andy Engel through Taunton's website.

5 comments:

  1. Wowie zowie! I think that those are the most beautiful wood floors that I have ever seen.

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  2. Wow Paul, these floors are amazing. I can only imagine the price tag but worth it if you have the budget.

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  3. Nicolette and Keith: He does amazing work and not only that, he's a nice guy. But that floor, the one with him lying on it, is a work of art in every sense of the word. I'd be afraid to walk on it.

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  4. totally gone off cork floors now - those marquetry/parquet wood floors are lustworthy

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  5. Funny you should mention those two terms int he same sentence. Peterson explains the difference and similarity between them in his book. They are indeed lustworthy. He's written a real keeper here and the photos I showed are a faint glimmer of what he has in there. I wonder if I could get him to write a series for me...

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