Tonight I’m signing and lettering all the black leather “Joiner and Cabinet Maker” books that were bound by hand by the Ohio Book company in Cincinnati.
I am pleased with the quality. The silver lettering is crisp. The leather is applied neatly to the boards and the end papers are quite a sight.
We still have a few of these books available. But because there are so few, we’re not even going to put them in the store. As of this evening, the letters “U,” “V,” “W” and “Y” are available. Everything else is spoken for.
If you are interested in one of the last four, the cost is $165 plus $8.50 for priority mail shipping in the United States (foreign orders can get a quote from Sharon using the link below). Please contact Sharon at email@example.com. Or you can call her at (317) 603-3605.
These books will ship out to Joel Moskowitz at Tools for Working Wood this week. Once he signs them, they’ll be dispatched to their final destinations.
We have used up about half of the unbound editions so far. I’m not sure exactly how many of them are left because some were damaged during transport. If we do another run of these leather-bound books it will be an edition that will be released during the Woodworking in America Conference Oct. 1-3.
— Christopher Schwarz
April 2 update: There is one book left. Letter “Y.”
We chose the dividers from Moxon, our first publication, as our corporate symbol. I say corporate as a joke because if you know us you know we are hardly corporate. Our lofty goals for Lost Art Press are to publish information that other companies won’t and to make enough money to support our tool and alcohol purchases which by the way, are substantial.
Anyway, I wanted to refer you to a podcast that I have found called The Logan Cabinet Shoppe. The purveyor of this blog is Bob Rozaieski. He is a Sith from the dark side of woodworking i.e. hand tool only guy. On his site he has put a video chronicle of the building a porringer top tea table. If you go to Quick tip #4, you get to see how he designed the tea table using proportions based on column orders. The entire design starts with the height of the table which was restricted to fit a particular space in his house. From this known limitation he then designs the remainder of the piece using only dividers, to include determining the curves of the cabriole legs. The video is done in a clear color coded manner and is easy to understand.
I wanted to thank Bob for taking the time to put this information out there for us and let others know about this great video podcast. In case you want to know what a hand tool only Sith looks like, here is a picture of Bob from his site.
Demand was stronger than we anticipated for a leather hand-bound edition of “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker.” We sold out of all of our copies within a couple weeks of announcing the run. So at the request of several customers, we are offering a second run of 26 books at the same price.
This run will be different than the first. The book will be bound by hand by the craftsmen at Ohio Books in Cincinnati, but the leather will be a finely grained black cow skin. The title on the cover and spine will be debossed and foiled with a matte silver (we experimented with several sheens and colors). And the marbled end sheets are a matching black and gray. If you’d like details of the shop that does the binding, check out this blog entry.
Each book will be signed by me and Joel Moskowitz and lettered A through Z.
This is one edition that I am buying for myself.
The cost will be $165 plus $8.50 for priority mail shipping in the United States (foreign orders can get a quote from Sharon using the link below). When the books arrive in May we will list them for sale in the store. If you are interested in reserving a copy, please contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call her at (317) 603-3605. Please note that half of this run of black leather books is already reserved.
As always, it’s first-come, first serve.
We might offer a third run later in the year using a different leather (green or deep red, perhaps). However, there are no guarantees. These books are very expensive for us to carry in inventory. I’m not trying to pressure you, just being honest.
Part Two: Philippe LaFargue entered my studio as a post-graduate intern from Ecole Boulle. Since intern abuse is not in my blood (I know, it makes me a bad fit for Washington, D.C.) I refrained from having him do anything more than translate the Table of Contents of “L’Art du Menuisier” and tell me about some of the sections on marquetry.
The Seed that Pop planted, Philippe nurtured.
Fast forward to 2009. My old friend and colleague Michele Pagan, a textiles conservator, had begun working with me to develop some innovative upholstery conservation techniques the year before. On our way back from the lunch room one day she stopped to talk to another colleague and the conversation revolved around some translation Michele was doing of a French dye treatise. Suddenly a very bright light went on in my head.
I was starting to work on a monograph about historic finishing and wanted to know about some odd tools represented in Roubo plate 296. Could she help explain what they were used for?
After looking at the plate in the gigantic volume, she said, “Sure.” She did, and the rest is history.
The Seed that Pop Schindler planted and Philippe nurtured was brought to fruition by Michele’s translation.
Last fall we pitched a wild idea to Chris Schwarz and he graciously agreed to partner with us in bringing Roubo to the modern cabinetmaker. Rather than translating, annotating and interpreting the whole of “L’Art du Menuisier,” we decided to focus on, well, the parts that interested me. Some time late next year we will present the first of the Lost Art Press volumes, which will contain the following sections (you can refer to original page numbers):
“To Make As Perfectly As Possible: Roubo on Marquetry”
An Essay on Appreciating and Measuring the Value of Hand Work p1242 -1254
Conclusion of the Art of Carpentry p1255-1264
The different woods appropriate for veneering pp766-814
Section I: Description of “Wood from India” and its qualities, relative to cabinetry;
Section II: French woods appropriate for cabinetry
Section III: Different dye compositions appropriate for tinting wood and the manner of using them
Section IV: Thinning of wood for veneer-making
Description of tools of veneering
Section V: Appropriate carcass construction for veneering, their manner of construction
Simple Veneering: general instructions pp. 815-865
Section I: Various Kinds of Compositions
a. Manner of cutting and adjusting straight pieces and tools for same
b. Manner of cutting and adjusting curved pieces and tools for same
Section II: Manner of gluing parquetry veneer
a. Finishing of veneer and different types of polish
Ornate Veneering, called mosaic or painted wood pp. 866-897
Section I: Principal rules of perspective absolutely necessary for cabinet makers
Section II: Manner of cutting, shadowing and mounting wooden ornaments
a. Manner of engraving and finishing wooden ornaments
Section III: Representing flowers, fruits, landscape and figures in wood
About the 3rd type of veneering in general (aka Boullework-DCW) pp. 982-1031
Section I: Description of different materials for construction of the 3rd type of veneering
Section II: The skills one uses in the 3rd type of veneering
Section III: How to work the different materials used in marquetry, such as tortoise shell, ivory, horn etc
Section IV: How to construct marquetry and how to finish it
Some time in 2013 we hope to present the second offering, which will (tentatively) contain these portions:
“To Make As Perfectly As Possible: Roubo on Furniture Making”
Proper wood for furniture making pp. 22-39
Different ways of assembling wood pp. 45-48
Proper tools for furniture makers: different types, forms and uses pp. 49-89
Drafting and gluing pp. 273-291
Section I: how to take measurements
Section II: About wood glues
Furniture-Making in general pp. 600-633
Chair making pp. 634 – 664
Making case furniture pp. 743-765
Tools and machines for furniture making pp. 898-981
This project is indeed a labor of love for us, and we render our deepest thanks to the cohort of friends and colleagues who are helping to make it happen. I hope you will find useful what we make of it. Let’s hope we finish it before it finishes us!