Author Archives: Chris Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

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

Woodworking Classes: Don’t Forget to Remember

These last couple weeks I have been participating in a (personally) exciting experiment with furniture maker David Savage. Last week I taught a class at his school on making a traveling tool chest very similar to the one on the … Continue reading

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Workbenches of Cotehele

On my day off from teaching at David Savage’s shop, David and his wife, Carol, insisted on taking me over the border to Cornwall to see Cotehele, a fantastic family home on the Tamar River that has been remarkably unchanged … Continue reading

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Original Plans for an 18th-century Spice Box. Starting at $15,000

2 Early price sheets, notes on shop practice and shop drawings from the early 18th century are quite rare. So it’s a bit amazing to see that Swann Galleries in New York City will be selling documents from joiner John … Continue reading

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‘By Hound & Eye’ is Here. Special Offer Ending

We’ve just received our shipment of “By Hound & Eye” – the cartoon workbook that will open your eyes to the hidden geometry behind excellent furniture. The shipment is early – way early. We were expecting it in mid-September. And … Continue reading

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Watch the Trailer for the ‘Virtuoso’ DVD

I’ve just signed off on the final details of our latest DVD, a companion to our book “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of H.O. Studley.” During our four-year odyssey of documenting the cabinet and workbench, we also shot high-resolution … Continue reading

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The Nightmare from Which I Didn’t Awake

One of my recurring dreams is that I’m demonstrating during a woodworking class and everything goes wrong. I have the wrong parts on the bench. Nothing fits. Things split. I am missing parts. I had that same dream today. Problem … Continue reading

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English Arts & Crafts at the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

We are less than five minutes into the tour when David Savage stopped to scold the museum docent. “You really are doing a poor job of displaying this,” Savage said, pointing to a Morris textile hanging in a shadowy corner. … Continue reading

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