Lost Art Press will be offering signed copies of “Handplane Essentials” as soon as the book becomes available the first week in August.
The book, a 312-page hardback, is a compilation of all my writings on planes during the last decade from Popular Woodworking, Woodworking Magazine, The Fine Tool Journal, my blog at Woodworking Magazine, my blog here at Lost Art Press and the writing I have done for other web sites and the Lee Valley Tools newsletter.
Honestly, if you’ve kept up with all the publications and outlets above, you won’t find much new in the book. In putting the text together I eliminated some redundancies, filled in some potholes and generally recast some of the articles so that everything made sense. I think it’s a very good introduction to sharpening, bench planes and joinery planes. I didn’t get into the moulding planes so much – I’m still not confident enough there to really write about it with any authority.
So I’m generally pleased with the result. The interior is going to feature sepia-toned photos like Woodworking Magazine (if you want a full-color version, we will sell you a box of crayons as well). The book’s paper will be nice, as will the cloth-bound hardback cover and dust jacket. I’m also pleased to tell you that we negotiated hard to get this printed in the United States (in Ohio, actually).
Here’s how the pricing and availability will work. Lost Art Press will lose some sales by telling you all this, but I’d rather just be honest with you.
Lost Art Press will be selling the book for the full retail price of $34.99 with free shipping. It will be signed by me (and by my daughter Katy as well if you please).
Right now my employer, F+W Media, is offering the book at a pre-sale discount until the end of July. It’s $27.99 plus free shipping. Click here to get to their store.
Starting in August, F+W’s price will return to $34.99 (plus free shipping) for six months. Lee Valley Tools will then be carrying it and will (almost certainly) sell it for less than full retail.
Amazon.com, Buy.com and other retail outlets will not be carrying the book until at least January 2010. Their websites might say they are going to carry it and discount it, but they are in error.
In any case, thanks for all your support. No matter where you buy the book it will help support the work we do and show there is a solid base of support for books on traditional tools.
As a way of saying thanks, you can download a copy of the introduction to the book, which will give you a flavor for its look.
All the best,
— Christopher Schwarz