Author Archives: Chris Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

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

Traditional Coopering from The Woodworker Magazine

Because of the bourbon industry in Kentucky, oak barrels are pretty much everywhere – even in the home centers where they are sold as planters or rain barrels. I use a used barrel as my garbage can in my shop. … Continue reading

Posted in Charles H. Hayward at The Woodworker, Historical Images | 1 Comment

A Place for Nothing and Nothing in its Place

  The two most influential people in my life as a woodworker have been Charles H. Hayward, the finest woodworking writer of the 20th century, and Carl Bilderback, a union carpenter and tool collector in La Porte, Ind. I count … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Favorites | 10 Comments

Pégas Blades, Good Books, Other Stuff

For those of you who missed my blog entries on Pégas blades (here), the bad news is that Tools for Working Wood is temporarily sold out of these outstanding, durable and less-expensive Swiss-made coping-saw blades. The good news is that … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!, Saws, To Make as Perfectly as Possible, Roubo Translation | 3 Comments

Hey, I Know that Guy

I’ve never seen him drink tea. But perhaps that’s because I’m always drinking beer. Check it out here. — Christopher Schwarz

Posted in Make a Joint Stool from a Tree | 4 Comments

How to Make Money Making Posters!

Every week a customer suggests we sell posters, postcards, calendars, stationary or sketchbooks that feature a piece of artwork or photograph from one of our Lost Art Press products. It’s flattering, but we decline. During my tenure in publishing, I’ve … Continue reading

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‘To Make as Perfectly as Possible’ Named one of the ‘50 Books of the Year’

The deluxe edition of “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” has been named one of the “50 Books of the Year” for 2013 by the Design Observer, in association with AIGA and Designers & Books. Designed by … Continue reading

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Materials & Tools for the Knockdown Nicholson Workbench

I’m teaching two classes in building the Knockdown Nicholson Workbench in 2015 (details on the locations to come) and needed to prepare a list of materials and tools for the students. Because I received an S+ in “Sharing” in kindergarten, … Continue reading

Posted in Woodworking Classes, Workbenches | 17 Comments