Now Shipping: The Red Edition of ‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest’


To mark the fifth anniversary of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” we have published a single run of 4,000 of these books with a red cloth cover instead of the usual black. We have been shipping the red cover to our retailers as well.

The interior of the book is identical to all the other printings. Only the cover cloth has changed. After we sell out of the red edition, we’ll return to black cloth.

Why red? The last five years have been remarkable. I get up every morning when I feel like it. I work all day (and night) at things I love. No one tells me to do stupid stuff I disagree with.

So every day is a red-letter day.

— Christopher Schwarz


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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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23 Responses to Now Shipping: The Red Edition of ‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest’

  1. David says:

    So after five years the red really does start to show through…

  2. hgordon4 says:

    Congrats Chris! Being your own boss is a great feeling isn’t it?

  3. trainman0978 says:

    So, this will be my third copy of the book. I wonder if the red edition will finally get me to actually build the dang thing. Well, maybe in the fall…. The man child in me is also eagerly awaiting the new Harry Potter book also hitting the shelves soon.

  4. bloksav says:

    My copy is light brown, I didn’t know it was supposed to be black..

    Congratulations on the 5 year anniversary of the book.

  5. rustedtinman says:

    Reading of your “Defiance” (as I describe it) and going out on your own, to be your own person,… well that’s why I read (the blog) and buy your books! Oh,.. and the fact that they are about woodworking (my hobby that keeps me sane) =)
    Top Shelf stuff!
    Congrats !

  6. So if they’re all red-letter days, why is the lettering white?

  7. Snappy color, I likes

  8. I’ve been waffling between getting digital copies of ADB and ATC or just one hard copy of one of them. You’ve made my decision easy. So if I order ATC today, the copy I receive will be red?

  9. I’ve red my digital copy approximately 3 times, maybe it is time I get around to ordering the hard copy.

  10. twoav8ors says:

    What are the changes to the red edition?

  11. snwoodwork says:

    Off to go listen to some Buffalo Tom.

  12. Congratulations – on many counts. And thank you: this book fascinated and engaged me like few others…and put me on a new path regarding woodworking…as well as made me look at life and creating value though new eyes. A great example to of why long form print is still an important and viable medium – especially when surrounded and amplified by a digital support system, can

  13. I’m torn about purchasing this edition of the book. I have the PDF and enjoyed it, is it materialistic of me to want the Red Cover copy? I have a copy, but I do enjoy having a more tangible edition and this one is “special”. I love what Lost Art Press does and how they do it and I think I’ll “disobey” and purchase a redundant item. I know this copy will outlast me, my iPad and that’s where it’ll make the difference.

  14. I have two of your books already and I guess this will be my third. The way you write really helps me understand how to make these complicated projects. Although I’ve only made them in my head it helps that you do the math. Anyway, I was going to buy this book so I guess it’s good timing. Keep up the good work Chris (may I call you Chris) and I look forward too your tools coming out.

    Jaime Guerrero

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