Storefront Open this Saturday


The Lost Art Press storefront will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, with John, Raney and me dressed as our favorite Pokemon. Later, there will be a magic show.

We’ll also have books – our entire line – plus a bunch of blemished books for 50 percent off retail (cash only on blems). We also have some extra T-shirts (all unworn and maggot-free) that have been returned to us at big savings.

You can also come check out my new basement. During the last couple weeks the dirt-floored cellar has been dug out. Workers have installed a drainage system in case it ever floods (we’ve not seen any water in 18 months). Right now they are pouring a concrete floor so I will have something I’ve never had before: A place to store lumber.

Because of our tight quarters in our old house, I’ve always been a “just in time” lumber guy. The approach has its advantages, but there have been times I’ve declined to snatch up some incredible lumber. No more. The new basement will be humidity- and temperature-controlled and dedicated to wood.

I’m also in the throes of building some new chair designs. Some are working. Some aren’t. And you can help me chop up the failures and burn them.

As always, we offer you these open days as a place to come visit, hang out and ask any questions. We’re happy to point you to good food and drink and demonstrate anything from our books that is vexing.

During the last few open days, we’ve had people from as far away as Utah, Austin, Atlanta and elsewhere stop in with their spouses. Covington and Cincinnati are great cities with lots of stuff to do, an endless list of good food (especially if you like pork) and culture. And it’s a cheap trip.

The next open house (March 11) will correspond with a massive Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Braxton Brewing down the street from us. We’re planning stuff and hope to have some details in the next week or so.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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11 Responses to Storefront Open this Saturday

  1. Love the uninsulated and unsealed ducts. But the reason for the comment, your slab will be drying for many months before it slows down. You’ll have a tough time maintaining a reasonable humidity level for quite a while. Resist the siren song of lumber you don’t need yet. It’ll be like bringing home just a couple of rabbits…


  2. says:

    Chris, How do you figure out what size dehumidifier to use ? Room size, wood type, age of wood ?



    • I’m going on the advice of my HVAC contractor. I am trying to keep the relative humidity in my shop and storage area about 45-50 percent without burning out the dehumidifier. Little ones (I have one of those) can be easily taxed by a basement shop. Hence, why we are going with a larger, built-in one.


  3. I love books. I love blemished books at 50% off. I have a long shopping list of Lost Art press books I’d like to buy. Any way we can work something out as I live in CA and use PayPal. Here’s the wish list:

    Charles Hayward vol 4 (I have the other three)
    The Joiner and the Cabinet Maker
    Stanley Catalog No 34
    By Hand And Eye
    By Hound and Eye
    The Essential Woodworking
    With the Grain …
    Molding in Practice


  4. You are going to save room for wine right??!??


  5. bronzy935 says:

    Ooooh! Envious!


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