Author Archives: Chris Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

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

Truth of the Day: Plastic Finishes

I don’t write much about finishing because Bob Flexner has done that for us. “Understanding Wood Finishing” is one of the core books that should be in every woodworker’s library. Read it once through and then refer back to it … Continue reading

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Update: ‘Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley’

If you’ve wondered why I’m losing my hair, it not entirely genetics. It also has to do with our upcoming title, “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley” by Donald C. Williams and Narayan Nayar. The good … Continue reading

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Update: ‘Chairmaker’s Notebook’

So where is Peter Galbert’s book “Chairmaker’s Notebook” that was supposed to ship from the printer on March 20? The book is supposed to leave the Tennessee printer today and arrive in our warehouse either tomorrow or Friday. Then our … Continue reading

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Update: Hand Tool Immersion Class

I’d like to say “thank you” to all the woodworkers who have donated tools, money and offers of assistance for the Hand Tool Immersion class for new woodworkers being held at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking this fall. The … Continue reading

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Ants Viires (1918-2015)

Ants Viires, the pioneering Estonian ethnographer and author of “Woodworking in Estonia,” died on March 18, according to friends and family. At the time of his death, Lost Art Press was actively preparing an all-new translation of the landmark “Woodworking … Continue reading

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There is More than One Texture

Not everything should be as smooth as a nun’s stomach. While every surface of my work is finished with handplanes, that doesn’t mean it was a smoothing plane. Cabinet backs and the undersides of everything are best finished with a … Continue reading

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A New Book from Me (Kinda!)

Before I started writing woodworking books, I had a magazine reader ask me about my photography book. Photography book? What? Yup. “Men Defined: Nudes,” which is still available at Amazon. That’s not my writing, I promise. If I were to … Continue reading

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