Work Badly Made


“(W)ork badly made is always too expensive.”

— A.-J. Roubo, “l’Art du menuisier”

I’m finishing up the editing on “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Furniture.” On Wednesday it goes back tot he translation team to review our edits. Then to the printer. We are shooting for a November 2016 release of the standard edition. (Details on a deluxe edition to come.)

About Lost Art Press

Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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3 Responses to Work Badly Made

  1. bloksav says:

    I think I deserve a deluxe edition for Christmas. 🙂

  2. Steve Osborne says:

    The title Lost Art Press caught my eye sometime last year and promptly signed up to receive your email post. I truly admire you and your followers’ efforts in preserving the craftsmanship and artistry of these trades. My background is in printing and publishing of fine books and the word “Press” in you title got my initial attention then the “Lost Art” kicked in. Wow, I was expecting articles on the lost arts of the printing and bindery trades. Not to be disappointed though as I read through processes I’d watched my grandad preform in his workshop. In “semi-retirement” now I at least have more time to dream of utilizing techniques and process you cover.

    Now down to the “brass tacks” of why I’m writing today. As I alluded above; my background is the tradecraft of producing high quality and oft time deluxe editions (books). So I have a professional curiosity who you printer/printers is/are. Would you care to share? Kudos for keeping the work here in the U. S. of A. too.

    Then – “On Wednesday it goes back tot he translation team to review our edits. Then to the” – Hope you can afford to also run it by a few sets of proofreaders’ eyes too. What a hoot! “Sure” the typos are intentional since your discussing “as Perfectly as Possible” and within that “(W)ork badly made is always too expensive.”. I just love the illustrations shown in the post. And also know from observation there are more than a few “builders” who’d scan these and boldly say “sure I/we can do that for ya!”. Some would even be meticulous in following the plans for the arches then upon completion (probably even installed and painted) stand back and scratch their chin or other body parts and exclaim “why don’t it work? We done everything per spec”. You are doing a fantastic job of engaging your audience as I enjoy every post and look forward to them with anticipation wondering what new type of treat you have in store for us.

    Steve Osborne

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