Fit This In


Despite an overheated travel and teaching schedule this summer, I have written three complete chapters to the “Campaign Furniture” book and am now fitting the final brasses on a teak campaign chest.

This book will be written by Dec. 31 with a release date in early 2014.

In addition to the progress on the campaign front, here’s what else is brewing at Lost Art Press.

1. I have finished revising “Art of Joinery,” and the page-design process will begin in short order. This second and expanded edition of “Art of Joinery” will be released this fall (I hope in time for Woodworking in America). This edition will introduce some new manufacturing changes to our 6×9 books, including patterned end sheets and deckle edges.

2. The deluxe version of “To Make as Perfectly as Possible” is now in the hands of the printer. We are waiting for a press date. Designer Wesley Tanner is now turning his attention to designing the trade edition of the book. We have worked out some manufacturing details and can now say that the trade version will be $60. And it will be worth that.

3. John Hoffman is plowing through a critical part of our five-year project, cleaning up some files to get them ready for the designer. This massive, massive book is as important as anything we have done. And yes, it has something to do with Charles Hayward.

The primary reason I have been making so much progress these last two months has been that I’m not blogging much. So thanks to Jeff Burks to picking up my slack. His primary-source entries are the kind of thing you cannot get anywhere else. I know it takes a little more patience to read the longer-form entries written in Victorian-era language. But there is solid gold in every entry (not to mention the cool photos he digs up).

OK, back to the shop. I have to fit the last eight brasses on this chest.

— Christopher Schwarz



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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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9 Responses to Fit This In

  1. daltxguy says:

    Ah, you must be one of Jeff’s guest bloggers! writing in contemporary (American) English. Nice touch!

  2. billrusnak says:

    Anyone having problems viewing posts? I can see blog titles and comments but not the actual post. I’m using an android phone and am logged in with my WordPress account.

    • nrweber says:

      I am too with my iPhone. If you go all the way to the bottom there is a link to view the full site instead of the mobile version.

  3. gburbank says:

    nothing like setting a deadline to push you through. Setting mini goals, like “two cups of coffee and I won’pee until I finish this chapter” works wonders, too.

  4. I for one, love Jeff’s posts. I plan on using one or two on shop and mechanic ethics as instructional material for the aircraft mechanic classes i teach. I miss your posts Chris, but I would hate to see Jeff’s go away altogether. Great stuff.

    A huge thank you to everyone at Lost Art for the great work you guys are doing.


  5. adrianmakes says:

    Deckle edges!?! I hate those. They make it harder to turn the pages and flip through a book. I’ve always wondered who thought they were a good idea, or if it was some kind of lazy shortcut to avoid having to cut the paper.

  6. Bob Jones says:

    Last year I bought all of the affordable Charles Hayward books that I could fine. All of them were excellent. Practical veneering was really neat because it was so different than what I have seen published recently. I’m curious to see what LAP comes up with!

  7. deads2k says:

    Another vote against deckle edges. Since they are not all the same size, I find the overall durability of the book reduced as the longer pages sort of fold over.

  8. adrianmakes says:

    I read about deckle edges on Wikipedia, which says that they were a cost cutting move to avoid the expense of trimming the edges of the book, so I was right about laziness being at the root: if you go back to the beginning they are a sign of inferior quality.

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