Author Archives: Chris Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

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

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

Posted in Products We Sell | 10 Comments

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

Hung up on Workbench Overhang

When designing a French workbench (or any other style, really), one of the most common hang-ups for new woodworkers is determining how much the benchtop should overhang the base at the ends of the bench. When I design a workbench … Continue reading

Posted in Workbenches | 15 Comments

Chinese Spy Satellites Over Indianapolis

You did not see this here. John needed an advance copy of “l’Art du Menuisier: The Book of Plates” so our box supplier could measure it and make a custom carton – no one wants a $100 book with bumped … Continue reading

Posted in To Make as Perfectly as Possible, Roubo Translation | 14 Comments

‘Handplane Essentials’ Going out of Print

I’ve just been informed that my book “Handplane Essentials” (F+W Media) will not be reprinted, either in paperback or hardbound. It will, however, continue to be available as a downloadable pdf. So the following announcement is a public service. Full … Continue reading

Posted in Handplanes | 10 Comments