Update: Roubo, Studley & Handworks

Don Williams (left) and Narayan Nayar (Mr. Spock) during the Studley presentation Saturday morning.

Don Williams (left) and Narayan Nayar (Mr. Spock) during the Studley presentation Saturday morning.

We just wrapped up two days at the Handworks show in Amana, Iowa, and loaded almost nothing back into the van for the return trip – except for some T-shirts and one box of books.

Dang it was a good show.

With about 31 minutes left until my bedtime, here is a quick rundown of some of our current projects and their status.

Our new 'corporate' sign, carved by David Bignell. Details to follow.

Our new ‘corporate’ sign, carved by David Bignell. Details to follow.

‘To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry’
The layout and editing is complete, with us just cleaning up some typographical errors. Our goal: To get the deluxe book to the printer by the end of June. If we succeed, it will ship out at the end of July.

We are planning on printing 600 and we have sold more than 400 already. If you would like to place a $100 deposit on one, there is still time. Send an e-mail to john@lostartpress.com to get on the list. We hope to have a final price in early June.

The trade edition (which will cost about $60) will follow shortly behind to the press. More details on that as we know them.

Vintage register calipers that Jeff Burks gave me at Handworks. Yes, I suck a turd.

Vintage register calipers that Jeff Burks gave me at Handworks. Yes, I suck a turd.

‘Virtuoso: The Toolbox of H.O. Studley’
At Handworks, we made our first presentation that discussed this project in detail with an entire hour of photos, commentary and details on the tools in the chest and the life of H.O. Studley. If you weren’t there, I’m afraid you will have to wait until we publish the book for full details.

When will that be? Don’t hold your breath. Author Don Williams needs to complete the two Roubo volumes before the Studley book will come out. It will be at least two years before this book is in print. So save your pennies (it will be worth it).

Other updates on books:

By Hand & Eye’ by George R Walker and Jim Tolpin has arrived. It looks great and is entering the mail stream now.

‘Art of the Saw: Making Sharpening & Use’ by Andrew Lunn will be released in 2014 – Andrew is scheduled to turn the book over to us at the end of 2013.

‘Campaign Furniture’ by Christopher Schwarz will also be complete at the end of 2013 and released in early 2014.

‘Art of Joinery’ by Joseph Moxon. Megan Fitzpatrick is smoothing over the text a bit to make sure we have all the long “s” characters correct. I really want to get this out before Christmas.

Joiner’s Hats: Yup. We are making these and will have some more details in the coming weeks. If you don’t like baseball hats, you might like these. Or not.

That is the news on the latest products. I’ll post more about our new corporate sign and upcoming projects in the coming weeks.

— Christopher Schwarz

Dave Jeske of Blue Spruce Toolworks builds (again) a workbench to use during the Handworks show.

Dave Jeske of Blue Spruce Toolworks builds (again) a workbench to use during the Handworks show.

About Chris Schwarz

Publisher of woodworking books and DVDs specializing in hand tool techniques.
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16 Responses to Update: Roubo, Studley & Handworks

  1. Chris, John, Ty & Megan,
    It was great to meet you all. HandWorks was my first tool meet and it was a blast! My tool collection swelled considerably!

  2. Gail Middleton says:

    Wow, what an amazing turnout. That big ‘ole barn looks awfully small…

  3. that place is packed!

  4. martino23 says:

    I hope you have some extra large Studley t-shirts left. Will you put them on your website?

  5. sennelier76 says:

    Reblogged this on Broken River Joinery and commented:
    Already looking forward to next year!

  6. Dave says:

    I can’t wait for ‘Art of Joinery’ by Joseph Moxon. Will it have his original plates in it?

  7. wb8nbs says:

    I want a Roy Underhill hat!

  8. Corey Megal says:

    I can’t believe nobody has commented on Don’s suspenders! I don’t wear suspenders, but if I could get super cool Studley suspenders, things may change. Sorry I missed the fun, but it looks like there was a great turnout, maybe this will happen again and I’ll be sure to make it.

  9. billlattpa says:

    Beautiful work on the sign.

  10. Andrea says:

    I know that what I’m going to ask you will make me sound like a teenage girl, but could you ask Andrew to autograph the copy I’ll buy?

  11. As a Handworks attendee, I think the time has come to refute the insipid naysayers who insist that Carl lip synced The Star-Spangled Banner.

  12. slfisher says:

    Looking forward to getting the book for my boyfriend, who is related to H.O. Studley.

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