Hayward – a self-employed cabinetmaker in London, England, for 12 years, 1913-25, becomes editor of Handicrafts, London, 1925-35, later Woodworker, London, editor, 1935-68. For two years, 1938-39, he lectures at Shoreditch Training College.
The Books of Charles H. Hayward are still today the definitive traditional reference source for English woodworking. The Complete Book of Woodwork is a standard work for anyone who wishes to learn about the craft to an advanced level.
Hayward’s writing career spanned some 56 years from 1923 – 1979, he authored and contributed to over 36 books.
The Complete Book of Woodwork contents are:
1. tools : the kit
2,3,4 & 5 how to maintain & use tools
6. light machines for woodwork
8. joints (check this scan of a page showing dovetails)
9. metal fittings
11. wood carving
12. wood turning
13. timber & materials
14. wood finishing
Download an article from the April 1939 VXLIII No.545 – A Special Garden Woodwork edition – Making a garden Wheel Barrow.
In this Video, British craftsman Jeremy Broun talks about Hayward’s influence on him as a craftsman and illustrator. It is well worth watching.
More excerpts from Hayward’s wonderful books will appear in future posts.