Category Archives: Books in the Works

Upcoming Projects at Lost Art Press

When I left the corporate publishing world, I stopped wearing a wristwatch everyday. In fact, I don’t think I’ve worn one this year. This is, of course, a symbolic gesture. We won’t release a book until we are happy with … Continue reading

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Five Floors of Inspiration

I took a vacation day on Friday, ostensibly to work on my kitchen rehab – but my lunch “meeting” and shopping trip were a great deal more fun than installing a sub-floor and leveling cabinets. Chris and I met at … Continue reading

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A Little Touch of Calvin in the Night

Today, Roy Underhill sent Chris and me a delightful and much-anticipated gift indeed – the (almost) final author edit of “Calvin Cobb – Radio Woodworker!” I was having a bad day; now I am not. I’m having a grand time … Continue reading

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One for the Engraver

“The Furniture of Necessity” book will be written, illustrated and printed in the same spirit as the pieces of furniture between its covers. Instead of relying on SketchUp and digital photographs, the engraver will be making the plates for this … Continue reading

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Crackle Finish on a 6-board Chest

There are lots of ways to achieve a cracked paint finish, and I don’t pretend to be an expert on all the different products and methods out there. But I do know what works for me every time, is completely … Continue reading

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A Fancier Base for a 6-board Chest

While the six-board chest is a simple form, there are some variants that make the chest look more high-style, like it might have a fancy bracket-foot base. Today I decided to convert the chest I built for the Alabama Woodworkers … Continue reading

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I Don’t Need Another Chair, But this is a Douro

Here’s one of my shameful secrets. When I finish writing a book, I buy something for myself. It can be big or it can be small. When I finished “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use,” I bought … Continue reading

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Roy Underhill, the Hindenburg and the Presto

A recent NPR story on a project using vintage 1930s recording equipment featured a device that plays a big part in “Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!” The portable Presto acetate disc recorder was used by folklorist Alan Lomax to record musicians … Continue reading

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Catching up with ‘Calvin Cobb – Radio Woodworker!’

Roy Underhill is a little under the weather – both literally and figuratively. We chatted last night, during which I found he’s on the mend from a nasty cold and also at the mercy of the nasty weather in the … Continue reading

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Outsider Art & the Furniture of Necessity

“You can have art in your daily life if you want it, but you don’t. You prefer fountain-pens and motor cars.” — Eric Gill, the creator of the Gill Sans typeface, as quoted in “Country Craftsmen” by Freda Derrick (1945) … Continue reading

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