A Lost Fragment of Joseph Moxon

Hinges are works mechanical that permit of a door to be opened, yet to remain attached at one side. Of hinges, there are three sorts; those being strap, pintle, and butt. Of these, the butt is formed of cast iron, and is the largest of the three. I like big butts and I can not lie. You other brothers can’t deny, That when a door swings out on an itty bitty hinge, And a round thing in your face, It gets sprung, You wanna pull it out rough. ‘Cause you notice that butt was stuffed Deep in the wood and it’s wearing. I’m hooked and I can’t stop staring. Oh baby, I wanna re-hang you. And take my hammer and bang you….

— Joseph Moxon

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24 Responses to A Lost Fragment of Joseph Moxon

  1. John Callaway says:

    I wonder how many will be scratching their heads at this one……

  2. Josh says:

    That was from his alter ego—Sir Mox-a-lot, right?

  3. Paul says:

    i wonder if is really necessary obtuse to be a woodworker, or is it reserved for scribes?

  4. Tom Collins says:

    The bar is still open and we need more marshmallows! What a great evening. Thank you Chris and Roy.

  5. Peter Rhodes says:


  6. Alex says:


  7. LOL!!! I never thought I’d seen the day when Chris would go hip-hop.

    This casework don’t. want. none, unless you got. butt. hon.
    This hinges ain’t STRAP!


  8. billlattpa says:

    I thought that all woodworkers were extreme right wing conservative baby boomers?

  9. adam l. says:

    that’s just awesome….hahaha

  10. Shannon McGee says:

    Oh my…….

  11. Eric R says:

    “Sir Mox-Alot” would be so proud of you right now brother.
    And I can just see your skinny behind doing the shake-jump and tremble to the beat !
    You are one of my favorite parts of woodworking. Thanks.

  12. Tom says:

    I say, let’s strap it on, baby!

  13. Wendell Shank says:

    I probably shouldn’t have checked this blog while giving my students a quiz. I laughed out lout from the back of the classroom and ruined the testing environment.

  14. Tom Pier says:

    And we wonder why people think we are dorks.

  15. Michael Stone says:

    You actually have to be an odd mix to get ALL the parts of this joke. You have to young enough to know the song, you have to be knowledgeable enough about hinges, and it helps if your a Lost Art press customer who’s bought a copy of Moxon. I showed this around the professional Stage Carpentry shop where I work, and only the younger more skilled guys got it.

  16. bobprime0 says:

    You really got me with that one. Thanks for making me laugh.


  18. mikeandike says:

    If you watch the reception portion of my wedding video you will see my beautiful bride SPRINTING to the dance floor to dance to this song…full wedding gown and all. Yup, we kept it classy.

  19. Jeff says:

    Sadly, I owned that CD at one time. Thanks for the laugh!

  20. tom sneed says:

    Sadly? That was a joyful noise! I LIKE FIXED FEES AND I CAN NOT DENY. (said the Consultant)

  21. Stu says:

    That was beautiful, I may need a moment.

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