An Open Letter to Christopher Schwarz


I woke at 4 a.m. this morning, my brain boiling with some thoughts on beds and coffins to build for the “Furniture of Necessity” book. And while barfing these notes into my laptop, I received an e-mail from David Savage.

Yes, that David Savage.

He wrote a review of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” for his blog. Read the whole amazing thing here. Or if you are incapable of clicking things, here’s an excerpt.

A real quality book, nice binding, good paper and a typeset that look good. I have had your book on my night stand for several months now remaining to be read. I have been a professional woodworker now for over 35 years and wood work books tend to hit the wall before I get past chapter one. Amateurs writing with utter conviction about something they don’t really know tend to get me cross. Schwarz is an amateur but somehow through a lifetime of woodieness he avoids the wall. Since starting this wonderful tome I have come to carry it about with me, almost closer than a good friend.

If Savage had thrashed me, I would have been just as honored. His woodwork is mind-blowing, and his writing is like getting bludgeoned by a hardbound copy of “The Sun Also Rises.” (That is a compliment.) He’s a regular contributor to many magazines that I read. For a sample of his prose, start here.

So, it’s a good day.

— Christopher Schwarz

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15 Responses to An Open Letter to Christopher Schwarz

  1. mpp12013 says:

    Congratulations for this review, Chris. Did he also write to you concerning TMAPAP? He appears to really know his woodworking, so I was curious.

    Michele P. Pagan Luke 10:27-28 “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, mind and strength… and your neighbor as yourself….”

  2. Rick Bowles says:

    Congratulations, you should . . .!

  3. Thanks for the link to David’s site, Chris. I enjoy his no BS approach regarding tools, it’s very refreshing. Already signed up for his emails, soon to order the dvd (looks intriguing). Now, how do I get to Devon?

  4. Nice shirt! Sign up for his newslettters – they are really informative.


  5. ALL of you should click on the links above and read the review mentioned in this post in its entirety. It is a good read, about a book that enjoyed so much , I bought two copies so I could have it in both cover colors.

  6. Congratulations Chris ! You deserve this praise ! You’ve earned it ! And thanks again for being a clear, strong and major voice toward real craftsmanship. That perhaps will be your legacy….

  7. woodgeek says:

    That was an AWESOME review! I bet it had you dancing a little jig inside your head as you read it.


  8. Joe Anderson says:

    Just read the full review and think that it’s pretty awesome that a well respected woodworker like Mr. Savage would speak so highly of the book. I just finished it and am re-reading it all over again. And when I’m not reading, I’m working on cleaning up the old woodworking tools I inherited so I can build a proper toolchest for them to live in.

  9. woodgods says:

    Funny how most woodwork forums show David a total lack of respect. David has just shown you Chris the respect you deserve.


  10. Chris my heartfelt congratulations, a big high five, and a glass raised high in your honor Well done sir!

  11. Carl Joseph says:

    I had the privilege of learning in David Savage’s atelier for a month whilst I was travelling last year. I dearly wish I could have spent the year with him in his atelier. It’s a remarkable environment and he and his crew are remarkable people. David’s eye for detail and no BS approach to making is exemplary.

    Chris, congratulations on a well deserved review. Now, I must go and start re-reading that book!

  12. Tim Raleigh says:

    Recently my son picked up my copy of the Anarchists Tool Chest off my desk and said “This looks like an important book” I said yes, it’s a really good book, and I asked him why he said it looked like an important book. My son picked it up and said “well for starters it’s black and it has a look that says Fuck a book jacket!”
    Pretty well sums it up.

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