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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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Want to see a Fancy Bookstand?

The folding bookstand in A.-J. Roubo’s “l’Art du menuisier” is nice, but not nearly as fancy as the one I unearthed today while reorganizing my office. This bookstand is shown in “L’Enseignement Professionnel du Menuisier” (book 1) by Léon Jamin. … Continue reading

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Morphing

Now that I have completed the first and most intense step of editing and annotating the raw transliteration manuscript for “To Make as Perfectly As Possible: Roubo on Furniture Making,” aka R2, my attentions will turn to and eventually be … Continue reading

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New in Store: ‘To Make as Perfectly as Possible’ PDF

“To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” is now available for download in the Lost Art Press store. The cost is $19 and the file is in PDF format. Click here to order. International customers can order the … Continue reading

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