Progress has been slow on my book on Campaign furniture. The research materials are scarce, the projects are expensive and complex, and Lost Art Press has plenty of books from other authors for me to work on.
But I do have some good news to report.
1. I’m going to England this fall to visit a private collection of campaign furniture and spend some time with a restorer who has spent his career examining these pieces and repairing them.
2. Londonderry Brasses is developing a section of its catalog that will feature campaign brasses. I’ve seen the selection Londonderry plans to stock and it is impressive. So impressive that I purchased a new suite of brasses for this campaign chest, including the skeletonized pulls shown here.
I’m about to dovetail the five drawers for my second campaign chest. I’ve got also got four feet to turn and 32 pieces of brass that need to be inlaid into the teak. And then I have four more campaign-era projects to build to even come close to having a book to call my own.
I also have a book’s index to edit and lay out, a cover to design and a 180-page color proof to review today.
So I better stop writing this, make some coffee and do some real work.
— Christopher Schwarz