Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
I want to thank all our customers, all those persons that tried to place orders and all those that needed patience as we started this endeavor. We are just two months into Lost Art Press, a concept that has been years in the working.
The idea of Lost Art Press is to make the equivalent of the Lie-Nielsen $150 block plane. We wanted to bring back to public knowledge, the “Lost Art” of woodworking. As Chris recently explained this concept to my sister in law, when compact discs came into existence who wanted to know about LP albums? When machinery came to the woodworking trade and mass production became not only possible but common, the secrets of the old timers went to the grave with them. Remember the first time you tried a premium hand plane? After using a number of low cost planes, the first time I used a Lie-Nielsen plane I was convinced it was worth every penny it cost. The thing worked! We are trying to make the $150 block plane equivalent in the publishing business. Our goal is to produce books and DVDs that will outlast us, that will inform challenge and provide that story of the past.
That said, we have a number of projects underway that will follow this theme. We will update our site as they come online.
To introduce myself, I am Chris’s apprentice. I have been woodworking for a number of years and thought this company would be a great fit with my woodworking passion. Well, thanks to all of you, I have not been in the shop for months! I have learned all about internet e-commerce, gateways, merchant accounts, accounting software, web sites and shipping! Shipping is a real issue. We are trying our best to keep our shipping costs as low as possible and get products to you asap!
We will be on the road to a number of shows this year. If anyone wants to know about the business end of things, please grab hold of me through if you are at one of these shows. I will be glad to share. We will be updating our site on show dates.
Lastly, I would like to introduce my wife Sharon. She is the one handling the telephone and most of the customer service issues. She continues to remark how nice our customers are. It is no surprise to Chris and me. The woodworking community is a great bunch of people.
Thank you for your support!
All our best.
— John Hoffman Lost Art Press