Author Archives: Chris Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

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

Woodworking by Jack Handy

I wonder sometimes if the reason old woodworking texts seem frustratingly incomplete to us is because there weren’t many words out there that could help one learn the craft. Put another way: Why do most old woodworking texts begin with … Continue reading

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You Cannot. You Should Not. You Will Not.

Peter Follansbee’s brain switches off when someone begins a sentence with, “You should….” Mine does a similar thing when I am told, “You can’t….” Part of the beauty of modern communication – you can get a message rapidly to the … Continue reading

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A Few Favorite Images from ‘Chairmaker’s Notebook’

I spent the morning organizing and packing up more than 500 hand-drawn illustrations that Peter Galbert made for “Chairmaker’s Notebook.” Even though John and I have spent about 150 hours scanning and adjusting the images, they are still as remarkable … Continue reading

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Kiss the Devil on the Tongue

In 1990, I was fresh out of college, working my first job at The Greenville News and terrified of being fired. During my first year on the job as reporter I hit a patch where I made a string of … Continue reading

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On Rip-off Artists

If you are semi-aware of the woodworking tool industry you know there are several classes of toolmakers. People who try to make new tool designs that have never been seen before. People who improve old designs that are no longer … Continue reading

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Adding a pdf to Your iPad

Several readers have reported some difficulty in manually adding pdfs of our books to their iPads. Here is a short tutorial on several ways to do it. As always, technology changes so fast that we recommend searching the web for … Continue reading

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For Marilyn – Crabs or Grabs

  Marilyn of She Works Wood fame asked for a video that shows how the crab lock (aka grab lock) works. So here it is. This lock was made for this tool chest by blacksmith Peter Ross. Unlike many commercial … Continue reading

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