For me, naming things is akin to violence. So you can imagine how fond I am of the habit of people “naming” their pieces of furniture.
But no matter. Today I finished up a six-board chest made of Eastern white pine for the “Furniture of Necessity” book. For this piece, I took Peter Follansbee’s advice and scratched a geometric design in the front panel.
The pattern is based on the number “six.” The inner circle is a 6” radius and the internal arcs are one-sixth of that circle’s circumference, like that of a hollow or round plane for making mouldings. Yet there are no applied mouldings on this chest. And there are only five nails up each end of the chest.
And so I name this piece: “Moulded & Unmoulded No. 1.” (It’s always best to attach a number to the piece. Beret, please.)
This is going to read like a letter that recalls your car.
Lost Art Press is committed to bringing the first-ever English translation of A.-J. Roubo’s masterpiece to market in March 2013. No, make that July. August? Well crap.
OK, forget the form letter.
“To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” has been at the printer since July 1. But because of the complex nature of the project and the proofing process, we are scheduled to go on press this week. Then our pages head to the bindery on Sept. 3. And they will be shipped to us no later than Oct. 10.
That’s the bad news.
But there is lots of good news to report here. Here is some:
1. The trade edition will be released in time for Woodworking in America, Oct. 18-20. So we will have both editions of the marquetry book – the deluxe and the trade edition – at Woodworking in America in Covington, Ky.
2. As part of Woodworking in America, we will be holding a book-release party on Thursday, Oct. 17. Details to come, but if you ordered the deluxe edition you will be the first to be invited. If our luck holds, we will have as many people involved in the project – translators, editors, designer, etc. – as possible on hand to sign your copy of the book.
3. I reviewed the deluxe edition of the Roubo translation on Thursday and I can say this: It is awesome. Huge. Designed to a “T” by Wesley Tanner. And inspiring.
So thank you for your patience. I know this has been a long journey from the time we started this project more than six years ago. I know that once the book is released, I will allow all the stress and angst from the printing process to fade. Until then, beer please.
— Christopher Schwarz
P.S. We still have some deluxe editions to sell from our one-and-only press run. Details here.