Update: ‘Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley’


If you’ve wondered why I’m losing my hair, it not entirely genetics. It also has to do with our upcoming title, “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley” by Donald C. Williams and Narayan Nayar.

The good news is that the book is in capable hands. We have Wesley Tanner (of “To Make as Perfectly Possible” fame) designing the book. And it is beautiful. We have photographer Narayan Nayar processing all the photos and dialing in the color for the press we are using. Plus I, Don Williams, Megan Fitzpatrick, Jeff Burks and others have been fine-tuning the text to make it as clean as we can.

What’s making me crazy, however, is the deadline. We have to get the book to the printer by midnight Thursday to ensure that it will be delivered in time for Handworks and the exhibit of the Studley tool cabinet and workbench in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

It will be a squeaker.

We plan to open pre-publication ordering for the book on Monday. The title will be full-color, 8-1/2” x 11”, 216 pages, and printed on beautiful and heavy matte paper with a stunning dust jacket. The price will be $49. We hope to offer free shipping for domestic customers who order before the press date, but we’re still running those numbers. Our kids have to eat, and I need to buy a 50-gallon vat of Rogaine.

We also plan to offer an option where you can order the book now and pick it up at Handworks – that will be the first place the book will be released to the public. More details on the ordering process over the weekend.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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18 Responses to Update: ‘Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley’

  1. npc29 says:

    Any chance there will be an option to have this bound by the book smith that is doing Peter’s?

  2. Bob Jones says:

    You forgot to mention the DVD full of those amazing images and some that didn’t make the cut for the book.

  3. Chris

    If I pre-order STUDLEY to get free shipping and at the same time I purchase other book, do I have to pay shipping for the second book?


  4. paul6000000 says:

    It’ll be this year’s Tickle Me Elmo for the middle aged male demographic.

  5. I have a list on my table. Call it my ‘wish list’. A list of tools, wood, DVDs and books. Books & DVDs from Taunton, Lost Art Press and PWM mostly. This list is growing and some of the bullet points are marked with red color.
    I think I need a 2nd income. Any suggestions?

  6. Eric R says:

    Bet you a dollar that sucker goes to a second, and maybe a third printing…..

  7. cutlines24 says:

    Any chance of getting any signed copies?

  8. cutlines24 says:

    That I could pick up at Handworks, I mean. (And I’d be okay with waiting if anything goes wrong with the deadliine, just so you know.)

  9. Mathieu says:

    You really ought to tighten up security over there. Someone stole the hand planes from the tool cabinet. Terrible!

  10. chrisstudley says:

    …Family Discount? 😉

  11. KampWood says:

    If I pre-order do and get free shipping does this also mean I get a scale model of the tool chest? 🙂

    • tsstahl says:

      The custom wood shipping box will be a scale model of the tool chest. Made by out of work Tibetan shoe elves; got quite a bargain on them (boxes, not the elves). 😉

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