Editor’s note: Last year we hired Meghan Bates to work for us on a couple jobs. She turned out to be so talented and easy to work with that we have happily expanded her work with Lost Art Press. Because some of you are bound to run into her via email or our social media, John and I asked her to introduce herself to our customers.
We’re thrilled to have such a gifted, level-headed hard worker helping us out. We know you’ll like her as well.
— Christopher Schwarz
I would like to start by admitting that I know nothing about woodworking. It was an art that my grandpa cherished and now that he is gone I cherish the desk he made me. And although woodworking is a craft I know nothing about, it is one that I spend a good percentage of my day reading about and admiring.
Four years ago my husband, Tim, and I were sitting in John Hoffman’s kitchen (at the table he built) having a drink and discussing life, John’s retirement and our upcoming wedding. John was to be a groomsman and was always the one to remind us not to stress out about the planning. It is supposed to be fun, right?
John was excited about being able to retire so that he could focus on Lost Art Press. The designer in me was impressed by the books but I didn’t think too much more about it. I was happy that a friend had found something he truly enjoyed and that was that.
Fast forward a couple years and I was home with a baby full time. I wondered if the money spent on a degree was going to waste but I was thrilled to be able to be home with our son, Gavin. Plus, I was earning a degree on how to survive spit-up and diapers while sleep-deprived. Part of me thinks that might have been the harder degree to earn. Once we survived the sleep-deprivation phase we were back at John’s table when he proposed I start designing books for Lost Art Press. The company that was a passing conversation during drinks then became a part of my life.
I started by designing a portion of “The Woodworker: The Hayward Years: Volume II” and then went on to design the forthcoming “Woodworking in Estonia” that should be out this summer. I now help with the Lost Art Press Instagram and Facebook accounts and have also had the opportunity to meet many of you through e-mail when you reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am currently designing the next Hayward books and can tell you that you have much to look forward to.
I want to thank you for welcoming a suburban mom with no woodworking experience into your amazing community. Hopefully someday I will join the ranks and create something I can call my own. For now, I will continue admiring all of your work (I loved the sketches on https://blog.lostartpress.com/2016/04/07/on-the-drawing-board-a-pay-to-play-exercise/) and bugging Chris to find out what things like spelching are.
— Meghan Bates