Category Archives: Books in the Works

The Quality of Fruit Crates in 1960s California

The first project I can remember making on my own was a small wall sconce or shelf I had seen in a magazine. I told my parents that I wanted to make it and, being enablers, they got me started. … Continue reading

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The Nicholson Bench for Starters. (Also Beginners, Newbies and Novices)

I like to read and discuss old texts and try to figure out what the authors are trying to tell us. When I read about using hand tools I prefer texts that were written before the use of electricity. Nicholson’s … Continue reading

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Important Update on the Studley Book & Exhibit

The throttle on the S.S. Studley Manuscript is as wide open as I can make it, and I am stoking the fire with vigor. Unlike Chris Schwarz, who once told me that a normal day for him includes writing 4,000 … Continue reading

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§ 2. The Bench. Pl. 12. Fig. 12.

Consists of a platform A B C D called the top, supported upon four legs, E, F, G, H. Near to the further or fore end A B is an upright rectangular prismatic pin a, made to slide stiffly in … Continue reading

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This Summer: ‘The Naked Woodworker’ DVD

Getting started in handwork doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. For many years, woodworker Mike Siemsen has been teaching new woodworkers how to get up and running with a basic set of tools, sawbenches and a workbench that can … Continue reading

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Update on Peter Galbert’s Book on Chairmaking

Judging from the near-daily e-mails and comments, Peter Galbert’s forthcoming book on building Windsor chairs is highly anticipated. I can understand the anticipation. I have just finished editing Peter’s text, and it is a fantastic piece of work. I’ve never … Continue reading

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Peter Galbert on Practicing Mistakes

Editor’s note: Peter Galbert’s upcoming book on chairmaking is filled with stuff I have already begun to put into practice in my shop. Check out this short passage. While learning techniques for turning specific details is important, I’ve found that … Continue reading

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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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