Category Archives: To Make as Perfectly as Possible, Roubo Translation

A Short Boullework Movie

Some of the marquetry and boullework in “To Make as Perfectly as Possible” might seem out of reach for your skills. Or perhaps you haven’t seen the beautiful result of this technique. In any case, head over to Yannick Chastang’s … Continue reading

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A Milestone for ‘Roubo on Furniture Making’

Except for the last few pages being batted back and forth between Michele, Philippe and me, the translated and edited manuscript for “To Make As Perfectly As Possible: Roubo on Furniture Making” now resides in Chris Schwarz’s lap. Given the … Continue reading

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Years Later, I Met Them in Person

  The Internet is a strange and absolutely wonderful place. You can have productive and involved relationships with people you have never met. I have heard that people even find intimacy (note, you will never find those photos of me … Continue reading

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Insults From Beyond the Grave

Philippe Lafargue, my Roubo translation collaborator and long-time friend, has been insulted. Deeply. By M. Roubo himself. Roubo’s chapters on chairmaking are technically sublime, with many profound insights and word pictures I find captivating. However, he is incessant in his … Continue reading

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A Correction to my Entry on Polissoirs

My recent article on the new polissoirs from Don’s Barn and a long-term test of the burnishing effect from the tool had a significant error: The photo showed the wrong sample board. That similar-looking sample board was given to me … Continue reading

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New Polissoirs and a Long-term Test

If you don’t read my blog at Popular Woodworking Magazine, you might want to check out this article I posted there this morning. Git yer polissoirs. — Christopher Schwarz

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‘Lost Art Press’ on The Highland Woodworker

From where you are sitting, I am sure there are times I look like a media harlot. Sweet mother of mystery, I get tired of seeing my name, image and videos spread all over the Internet. So I can only … Continue reading

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‘(A) Landmark Title Every Serious Woodworker Should Hold as a Reference.’

Paul Mayon at the New English Workshop has just published a lengthy review of “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry.” Read the complete review here. One quick excerpt from the review: “More than that it is an … Continue reading

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Countdown to the Last of the Deluxe Roubo Books

With “Campaign Furniture” now at the printer, John Hoffman and I had a chance to catch our breath this month before we launch into another busy season of product development, including Peter Galbert’s chairmaking book. After taking inventory, we have … Continue reading

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The Top of the Food Chain

That’s where Roubo thinks woodworkers belong. In a footnote at the conclusion of his second section of the Third Volume of “l’Art du menuisier,” during which he describes the processes of making furniture from solid wood, he waxes enthusiastically eloquent … Continue reading

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