Here’s one of my shameful secrets. When I finish writing a book, I buy something for myself. It can be big or it can be small.
When I finished “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use,” I bought a beat-up 1968 Karmann-Ghia to restore. When I finished “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” I bought a pair of canoe moccasins from Arrow Moccasin Co. (my favorite shoes ever).
When I finished “Campaign Furniture,” I purchased a piece of campaign furniture.
Last fall when I visited Christopher Clarke Antiques for research, they had a Douro chair there that I fell for. The Douro chair is an amazingly comfortable chair that folds into a box. The box converts into a table thanks to four turned legs. I really wanted to own an original because I want to make a copy to take on the road.
The chair arrives this coming week, and I am greatly looking forward to geeking out over its details, from the iron-lined box to the caned back. Building a reproduction of the chair will let me try caning and do some more leatherwork, which is fun.
So if you’ve bought a book from Lost Art Press in the last few years, thanks for your help with buying this Douro.
— Christopher Schwarz
P.S. We are still waiting to hear a shipping date on “Campaign Furniture” from our printer. My guess: March 7.