Available Books


My Newest Book: 1,001 Acoustic Guitar Making Tips for Beginners

1001 acoustic guitar making tips for beginners book cover1,001 Acoustic Guitar Making Tips For Beginners is my latest book, and it is filled with great guitar making tips that will get your first few builds off to the best possible start.

One of the struggles in the beginning is information, and tips are a great solution. They are a rapid fire way to absorb a lot of knowledge, and can really help you avoid mistakes in the beginning.

The tips are broken down into sections of the guitar, so you can read about the part before you make it. There are also chapters on the first guitar, inlay, and finishing.

As a new guitar maker, the better you start, the faster you can progress. If I knew all of these things before I started my first build, it would have come out much better. That’s the point. This book will teach you many of the things that people who have already made guitars already know.

Acoustic Guitar Making: How to Make Tools, Templates, and Jigs

acoustic guitar making book coverAcoustic Guitar Making: How to make Tools, Templates, and Jigs is my first book, and it deals with many topics that the new acoustic guitar maker faces when working on their first several instruments.

This is not an ABC style book where you start out with a pile of wood and end up with a guitar. It’s more of a reference volume for many of the challenges that come up along the way.

There are chapters on re-sawing wood, making your own blanks instead of buying them, making your own tools, how adjustments to the guitar affect the sound, and a demonstration of several different easy to apply finishes.

One of the frustrations early on is that the information needed to make a guitar is so spread out.  This book condenses a wide range of useful information into a single 508 page volume that can be used as a companion to any other step by step book.

Wooden Rings: How to Make Wooden Rings by Hand

wooden ring making bookWooden Rings: How To Make Wooden Rings By Hand is my second book, and it showcases one of my other projects that I do alongside acoustic guitar making.

Wooden rings are very beautiful, and they are gaining popularity every day.

This book teaches the beginner who does not have many tools how to make many different types of wooden finger rings.  The emphasis is on using hand tools, though anyone with a few power tools can read through the instructions and use what they have.

I wrote this after getting dozens and dozens of compliments on my wedding ring, which is a piece of contrast stained Briar with a titanium band inside it. Instructions and examples of over fifty rings are in the book, as well as how to make a wooden ring with a metal core. They are great gifts, quick builds, and very fun to make.

Wooden Tools For Kids

wooden tools for kidsWooden Tools For Kids is a fun woodworking book where I teach you how to make 20 wooden tools and a farm style tool box for kids. The toys are all modeled after common woodworking tools, and are made with contrasting woods for a great look.

This is a great project for any parent or grandparent who wants to make heirloom toys. Not only do they look very realistic, but they are built to last with doweled joints, and sturdy construction. A set of these tools can become a family treasure over time, and several kids can end up using the same set as they grow up.

I made this exact set for my son, and he loves every single tool. It’s a pleasure to see him play with the tools, and use his imagination. He still uses most of them like a hammer, and pretends that the hand plane is a small car. However, as he grows up and learns what they are for, it may be the start of a lifelong love for woodworking.

100 Words For Kids: Tools

100 words for kids100 Words For Kids: Tools This book is very special to me. I wrote it for my son, who is learning how to talk right now.

We have several books that teach words like colors, shapes, and animals, and I thought it would be fun to make him a book that would teach him the names of the tools in my shop.

He is still working on other basic words right now, but I can’t wait to start teaching him the about tools and woodworking.

It will be nice when he is older, because when I send him to the garage to get the locking pliers, I won’t have to worry about him coming back with the channel locks. That’s more than many adults know about tools, and it’s fun to pass this book around among woodworking friends who have kids.

All three titles are available on Amazon by following the links on this page.

Upcoming Books From Westfarthing Woodworks

hardwood fret dotsMy Guitar Making Tips book has just been published, and I am working on a couple things right now. With a brand new daughter that does not sleep at night, I can’t make any projections for publication dates.

First is a woodworking book that deals more in theory and process than step by step projects. It’s more about my process and ideas, which I have successfully used to help many other woodworkers.

I also have several rings made for my new ring making book, and I need to get into the shop and shape them. They are in several places, but they are all complex and use more materials than in my first book. I will also showcase more tools.

I also have a step by step guitar making book that I am starting to outline right now. That’s a while in the future, but something that I know will need a lot of time to complete.

If you have any questions about my books or my future books, email me through the contact page and I will be glad to help. Happy building.