Never Go Full Salinger


After six months of not teaching, I can say it’s unlikely I’ll ever go back to teaching again. I’m getting an incredible amount of work done on furniture, writing, editing and research. And I’m sleeping better.

But as much as I enjoy The Hermitage, I know it’s good to have some human contact from time to time.

So this is a reminder that we will have our doors open at 837 Willard St., Covington, KY 41011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 14. We’ll have all our books there, plus free stickers, T-shirts that are exclusive to our storefront, letterpress posters and we will spray paint the dividers on your butt, if so requested.


My daughter Katy will be there selling some soft wax, and John (the other half of Lost Art Press) will be there, as will as Raney Nelson of Daed Toolworks.

I’ll also be opening the storefront on Sunday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so that members of the Early American industries Association can stop by on the way home from the organization’s national meeting at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.

Here are the days we will be open for the rest of 2016:

May 14
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10

We might open one day during Woodworking in America (Sept. 16-18), but it will be tricky to manage because I am teaching the entire weekend and John will be working the Lost Art Press booth during the Marketplace. So stay tuned.

— Christopher Schwarz

About Lost Art Press

Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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15 Responses to Never Go Full Salinger

  1. 61chrysler says:

    I have been a on-and-off full time post-secondary instructor for more than 40 years. I have determined that I enjoyed the environment where I was in class no more than 12 hrs a week. Time to think, plan, make mockups and meet with students one-on-one. I went home every day with the feeling that everything was covered for the next day. I doubt that this teaching formula exists today in business or technical colleges.

  2. p3t3rp says:

    This may be on purpose, but I cannot find an address for the shop anywhere on your site. I assume it’s in old blog posts. For all the work you’ve put into it, “Shop” probably deserves it’s own spot on the masthead.

  3. jdcook72 says:

    I hope to be able to visit someday. Is this location purely commercial or is it a combination residence/shop, i.e. do you live upstairs work downstairs?

  4. fitz says:

    Go full Pynchon instead; you might be on The Simpsons.

  5. colsdave says:

    While one would not want the trials and trauma of teaching lead you to find a perfect day for bananafish, some of us had hopes of taking a class with you sometime.

  6. abtuser says:

    I want to get there too sometime. And the photo-bombing Stop sign is a nice touch.

  7. Is anyone planning on visiting the storefront and willing to buy a letterpress poster and mail it to me? Lee Valley says they’re probably only going to sell them to Canadian customers (in Canada), and I can’t make it to Covington (live in DC). If anyone is willing to, I’ll glady send you a check for the poster and postage….shoot me an email at Thanks for considering!


  8. Bob Jones says:

    This store is not modeled after any successful retail establishment. Only open 12 days a year!

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