Author Archives: Chris Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

Publisher of woodworking books and DVDs specializing in hand tool techniques.

Beading Planes from Caleb James

Fair warning: If you read this blog entry you might end up with a dog that has decorative details. If you build furniture of a traditional sort, you should consider owning some beading planes. While beading planes are (in general) … Continue reading

Posted in Handplanes, Personal Favorites | 15 Comments

‘The Book of Mine’

Suzanne Ellison – artist, indexer, researcher and butt-kicker – made this for my office. It’s constructed using tools from Roubo’s “l’Art du Menuisier” plus a crow. There is no crow in Roubo to my knowledge. Suzanne calls this crow “Cato.” … Continue reading

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‘Book of Plates:’ Free Shipping Extended 2 Days

This is not a marketing stunt. Historically we offer free domestic shipping on all pre-publication orders until the day the title ships. And due to a busy bindery, “The Book of Plates” will ship to us on Friday, two days … Continue reading

Posted in To Make as Perfectly as Possible, Roubo Translation | 9 Comments

All Sweatshirt Sizes in Stock (Whew), But Wait…

At long last, we now have all sizes of our Lost Art Press USA-made sweatshirts in stock and ready to ship. Yes, there is still time to order one for Christmas – John is fulfilling these personally to make sure … Continue reading

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How to Become Immortal (and Help the H.O. Studley Book)

Don Williams and I are deep into the guts of his book on H.O. Studley’s tool cabinet and workbench – doing everything we can to get the book out in March 2015 – just in time for the exhibit of … Continue reading

Posted in Virtuoso: The Toolbox of Henry O. Studley | 3 Comments

You Aren’t Sharpening Enough (And I’m not, Either)

If a students shows me a tool during class and asks: “Should I s….” I cut them off. “Yes.” I have found that when you ask yourself if a tool is dull, the poor pathetic thing is way past being … Continue reading

Posted in Handplanes | 22 Comments

Coming Soon: Build a Roorkee Chair DVD

After building 27 Roorkee chairs myself and teaching students to build 35 more, I’m ready to make a DVD to share the turning, joinery and leatherwork necessary to build one of these campaign-style chairs. I’ll be filming the DVD at … Continue reading

Posted in Campaign Furniture | 8 Comments