New Beehive T-shirts Coming Soon


For the last couple months, I’ve been working on a new T-shirt design that combines the skep – a traditional beehive – with the tools of the woodworking artisan.

For many years, the skep was the symbol of the industrious joiner or cabinet-maker, and it shows up in woodworking books and on documents throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. (Read more about that here.) After fleshing out the idea with some preliminary sketches, I sent my ideas to Ohio artist Joshua Minnich, who designed our most recent shirt.

Joshua produced the fantastic logo you see above. In the coming weeks, we will offer this logo printed on T-shirts in a full range of sizes (XS to 3XL) and colors (gray, blue, red, black and orange). These will be available worldwide at a very reasonable shipping cost.

We are using American Apparel shirts, which are made in California, and the shirts will be printed in California. These shirts run a little tight, so we strongly recommend you order one size larger than typical. (Doing this does not mean you are fat; it just means you aren’t a skinny hipster.)

We’ll start selling these shirts as soon as we have our final printed samples in hand for photography.

— Christopher Schwarz

About Lost Art Press

Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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18 Responses to New Beehive T-shirts Coming Soon

  1. Also good news for those of us that *are* built like skinny hipsters.

  2. zowtiak says:

    Will these shirts come in long sleeve?

  3. Black ink, on the colored shirt?

  4. knewconcepts says:

    Having been a long time beekeeper, just have to get one!

    Lee (the saw guy)

  5. jdcook72 says:

    Design on the front or back? How about a series with design, small over the left front and cover art from your different books, large on the back?

  6. trainman0978 says:

    YAY !!!


  7. Nice design. Does one have to roll up one’s trouser leg and do the handshake to be allowed to buy this T shirt?

  8. Ryan McNabb says:

    Good. I like it.

  9. Brian Ashton says:

    I’m very interested. I am a woodworker and a beekeeper. Be aware that old (particularly French) drawings with bees or hives was a covert reference to the Morovingian line. (Read “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail”) the lighter version is the premise behind the popular “DaVinci Code”

  10. edfurlong says:

    Love this new design best of all of the shirt designs thus far! Will this shirt be available for pre-order at Handworks or other upcoming hand tool woodworking events? Also would second the motion to include a long-sleeved option.

  11. Can’t believe this isn’t being offered in a Goldenrod (or some such colour)!

    The design looks great, though.

  12. Bob Jones says:

    The great philosopher Grumpy Cat says, “your shirt does not make you look fat, you’re fat makes you look fat. ”
    That cats always good for an encouraging word.

  13. Niels Cosman says:

    White ink on black?

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