Category Archives: Personal Favorites

Blow off Your Job. Go to Charleston

My father is not going to like this blog entry. I am always surprised how many people have never been to Charleston, S.C. – especially woodworkers. The city is a living and breathing design document; it’s like the pages of … Continue reading

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Whine, Whine, the Future of the Craft, Kvetch and Worry

If you want to see how far I can roll my eyes to the back of my head, ask me this question: “How can we get young people into woodworking?” Despite all the hand-wringing about the loss of shop classes … Continue reading

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What the Heck is that Gizmo? The Grizzly G9900

I own some precision measuring tools that are not at all necessary for woodworking but are superb for helping me diagnose problems and describe my world in my writing. One of these tools is a Brown & Sharpe dial caliper, … Continue reading

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After 10 Years, My Miter Plane Returns

In 2004, I purchased my first-ever custom anything. A handplane. It was a ridiculous financial move. I had two young daughters (age 7 and 2), a low-level editing job and almost no disposable income. Lucy and I were throwing every … Continue reading

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Mark Firley Does Not Drink, But He is on Something

Mark Firley of The Furniture Record blog has written up a piece on campaign furniture that is 100 percent false. Except the pictures. Go for the photos. Click here to read the post. If you don’t subscribe to The Furniture … Continue reading

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Yes, There are Silly Questions

I would hazard to say that 99.5 percent of our customers are people I get along with, enjoy hanging out with and would trust to watch my kids. But during my 20 years in the woodworking publishing business, I have … Continue reading

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Photographing Furniture and Work at the Bench

I get asked about the equipment I use to take the photographs for this blog, my magazine articles and the books at Lost Art Press. I think that equipment has little to do with photography. But don’t tell that to … Continue reading

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Special Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in Charleston, S.C.

Charleston, S.C., is my favorite city in the world because of the food, architecture, history, weather, furniture and people. I was first sent there in 1990 to write about the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo and fell in love with the … Continue reading

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Lost Art Press Ethics Statement

Our company has grown a lot since 2007, and we now have a lot of first-time customers, commenters and readers. So I want to repeat some of the core principles here at Lost Art Press for those of you who … Continue reading

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Chronic Shop Envy in Alabama

This weekend I built a six-board chest for the Alabama Woodworkers Guild, and I was impressed. Not just with the members or the food (holy moley, the food), but by the building where they meet. It’s an old schoolhouse nestled … Continue reading

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