Category Archives: Personal Favorites

Original Plans for an 18th-century Spice Box. Starting at $15,000

2 Early price sheets, notes on shop practice and shop drawings from the early 18th century are quite rare. So it’s a bit amazing to see that Swann Galleries in New York City will be selling documents from joiner John … Continue reading

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ATC Interview, Part II

Author’s Note: This is the second of a three-part interview with Chris about the Anarchist’s Tool Chest, which is nearing its fifth anniversary. If you missed the first part of the conversation, you can read it here. — Brian Clites, … Continue reading

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English Arts & Crafts at the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

We are less than five minutes into the tour when David Savage stopped to scold the museum docent. “You really are doing a poor job of displaying this,” Savage said, pointing to a Morris textile hanging in a shadowy corner. … Continue reading

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On the Misuse of Jigs

I can hold my tongue no longer. After a decade of teaching woodworking I have become fed up with schools, books and magazines that promote a jig that reduces the general skill level of the population. It slows you down. … Continue reading

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‘When Are You Opening a School?’

We aren’t. So you can stop asking poor Megan Fitzpatrick at Popular Woodworking Magazine that question and start getting the same answer from Brian Clites, your new moderator (brian@lostartpress.com). He’s happy to be abused. So what are we going to … Continue reading

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… Whether the English Magician had Gone Mad Because he was a Magician, or Because he was English

“He understood for the first time that the world is not dumb at all, but merely waiting for someone to speak to it in a language it understands.” — “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” by Susanna Clarke Warning: This is … Continue reading

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‘Don’t Let ________ Get in the Way of Your Woodworking’

One of my favorite woodworking quotes from the late John Brown is: “By all means read what the experts have to say. Just don’t let it get in the way of your woodworking.” This morning I was thinking about this … Continue reading

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