Reason No. 1 to Attend Woodworking in America – Roubo, Roubo, Roubo


After thousands of hours of work, we are finally ready to release “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” on Thursday.

The last few pieces of puzzle fell into place today with the deluxe edition arriving at John Hoffman’s doorstep in suburban Indianapolis. Exactly 600 books arrived on six pallets, with only three books to a box (typically we get 16 to 40 books to a box). This is a huge book in every sense.

The entire book far exceeds any expectations I had for the manufacturing, the design and the entire editorial package. It is quite possibly the nicest modern book I have ever held in my hands.

And now you have a chance to judge that for yourself at Woodworking in America later this week when we release the huge deluxe edition, the oversized and very nice standard edition, plus a couple other special items starting on Thursday.

Those of you who have been reading my writing since 1996 know that I am not a fan of the hard sell. I don’t like giving it or taking it. So keep that in mind when I say this: We have less than 100 of these deluxe copies left to sell. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. Once you see one, I know you will want one.

If you want to remedy this, you can still buy them in our store here. Yes, they are expensive. I make no apologies for the price. They are worth far more than we are asking, in my opinion.

Other Fun Stuff
To celebrate the release of this book – the first English translation of A.-J. Roubo’s masterwork – we have a couple other items for Woodworking in America.

The first 300 people to purchase or pick up a pre-ordered book (or shirt, hat or DVD) at Woodworking in America, will receive a Lost Art Press iron-on badge for their shop apron or Italian undies. These badges will be available only at Woodworking in America. And it will be one to a customer. Apologies.

These 2” circular badges feature the Lost Art Press dividers in white thread on a blue background. I’m going to sew one to my leather jacket.

We’ll also be releasing our latest T-shirt design in support of “To Make as Perfectly as Possible.” The shirt features a detail from one of the plates from the marquetry book of two Frenchmen busy at some marquetry or inlay. The rear of the shirt features the slogan: “Getting Inlaid Since 1769.” (That was the year Roubo’s first volume was released.)



The shirts are available in sizes medium, large, XL and XXL. The shirts are 100 percent cotton and made by American Apparel in Los Angeles. The screen printing was done in Indiana (wait until you see the detail we squeezed out of this one).

The shirts are $20 ($22 for XXL). If we have any left after WIA, we will sell them online in the Lost Art Press store.

And this is the part where you call your boss and pretend to be sick.

It is not too late to join us.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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17 Responses to Reason No. 1 to Attend Woodworking in America – Roubo, Roubo, Roubo

  1. rdwilkins says:

    Why oh why do I have to live 2000 miles away! I can’t wait to receive my copy of the book, I’m just sorry I’ m going to miss all the festivities.

  2. Congratulations to everyone involved. I’m sure you’re all breathing a huge sigh of relief today. Cheers to the whole team.

  3. I’m going to have to get velvet ropes and an art spotlight ready in anticipation of my copy’s arrival. And make an oversized Roubo folding book stand. Looking forward to getting my hands on it.

  4. Ugh, the disappointments of having to cancel are piling up. I hope there is a patch and a xxl available after WIA. I wish everyone many good memories and fun times this weekend. I’ll be with you in spirit.

  5. Chris,

    Congrats to you and everyone involved in this project! You all have done something wonderful for wood workers for many years to come. Fantastic piece of work!

  6. Chris, you’ve got to start ordering XXXL for us big boys.

    • lostartpress says:

      We have ordered XXXL on several occasions. We always lose money on those (and the “small” sizes as well).

      There is a minimum number we have to order, and that is too many for our customer base.

      We have considered using a vendor such as Cafe Press to supply odd sizes, but haven’t had the time to make that happen.

      Sorry for the long explanation, but that’s the situation.

  7. Now that’s a nice looking shirt! Tres witty! 😉

    I believe if you were to iron that badge on to the upper left side of the front of your shirt, you could communicate with the bridge with just a light tap…

  8. I want a patch and shirt… You guys should make more and plan to sell them online 😉

  9. I am happy to see the patch idea came to fruition. I too hope you’ll be selling it online at some point.

  10. johnkuszewski says:

    What’s the E for on your patch? And why is your patch 2 inches across? Merit badges are 1.5 inches across!

  11. bloksav says:

    I had hoped that making the Roubo stain experiment could qualify for a badge to be sent across the Atlantic.
    Have a great time at WIA.

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