Finishing Up ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’


After four years of work, I am done with my part of “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” It is written, laid out and edited. The only things missing are the completed plates and some more artful photography of a few of the finished pieces (this will be fixed this coming weekend with the assistance of Narayan Nayar).

If you’ve ever worked on a project for four years, then the following statement should come as no surprise: I would do it differently if I could start again. But this is the path I chose. The “bright string” that I found in the forest has ended here.

What’s next? I have about a dozen people combing through the book for typos and mechanical errors. We do this with every Lost Art Press book. The plates, the index and the final editing should be done by Dec. 28. Then the book will go to the printer on Jan. 1, 2016, and be ready to ship in early February.

We’ll have a special pre-publication offer for this book on Jan. 1. The publication of “The Anarchist’s Design Book” will mark a significant change in the way Lost Art Press does its business day to day. We’ll have more details on this change on that day. I think you will be pleased by the news.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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12 Responses to Finishing Up ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’

  1. hgordon4 says:

    Congrats! Can’t wait to purchase it and read it. That and the next Roubo book. Looks like 2016 will be a good year for Lost Art Press materials!

  2. greenebelly says:

    Congratulations! Enjoy having an item checked off as done before committing to another. ( guilty myself a lot of the time.) I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll go right next to your Anarchists Tool Box.

  3. paul6000000 says:

    Beautifully layed out illustration. I can’t wait to add this to my LAP “virtual” library.

  4. Jim Eckman says:

    I’m looking forward to it, this is more the type I’m likely to make.

  5. flatironjoe says:

    Congrats on reaching the end of this particular string! After all the twists and turns it seems to have taken, I’m as curious as everyone else to see where it ended up.

  6. Congratulations! Now you can kick back, put your feet up, crack a cold one and relax over the holidays! (or not…)

    I’m looking forward to the new book, Chris. Thanks for all your dedication and hard work.

  7. ctregan says:

    Is this the antithesis to the studio furniture movement of the 1990’s?

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  9. tenwinkle says:

    I have to be honest. I like the way Lost Art Press has been run in the past. Being a fan of quick responsive service, excellent design and composition choices, inspiring material, and books fashioned by people who love books the way I do, any suggestion of change is anathema. Especially when someone says “I think you will be pleased by the news”, since I rarely am. I will reserve judgment, pending the announcement, but giving you the benefit of the doubt I am prepared to like it. As for the new book, regardless of the direction you take going forward, I will be one of the first to order it.

    • I agree. It sounds like language you’d see on a car recall notice.

      It’s a customer-friendly decision. It won’t change what we make (printed books) or how they are made (ethically, in the United States to high standards) or the personnel involved. It’s just a change in how we ship the goods.

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