Important Stuff About ‘Roman Workbenches’


Good news, everyone. “Roman Workbenches” has arrived in our Indianapolis warehouse and looks stunning. When I got word that it arrived at 2:39 p.m. on Monday I dropped everything and drove to the warehouse to grab some copies.

If you ordered a copy (or hope to), please read the following crap carefully so you don’t give poor Meghan Bates at an aneurysm.

We will ship these out as soon as we can, but it will take some time. Our warehouse has to schedule an assembly-line process when fulfilling big batches of new titles. That takes time. I hope they will finish up in the next six days.

You might receive an email from our store indicating that your book has shipped. Depending on how the assembly line is going, it might take a couple days for your book to hit the mailstream after you get that email.


If you are an international customer, please be patient. It takes three weeks on average for a book to travel from the United States to anywhere else. And then it can be delayed in customs. Or toads.

To sum up, I’m asking for a little patience with this shipping process. Since we switched to SmartPost we have lost only one or two books (out of 60,000). So you will get your book, I promise.

The Good News
We will have some more copies of this book to sell soon. Thanks to some great work on the press and at the bindery, we had almost no waste. So we expect to have as many as 120 more copies to sell. However, we first need to fulfill everyone’s order and replace any copies that are damaged in shipment.

So later in May we will make an announcement as to how many books we have to sell and when they will go on sale.

And if the price for the letterpress version is too steep, know that we will have an inexpensive version printed on modern offset presses later this year.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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7 Responses to Important Stuff About ‘Roman Workbenches’

  1. JP Chapman says:

    If you’re the kind of person who gets off on these books and are also impatient then you are a confounding individual indeed.

  2. Mike Ramsey says:

    Any chance you’ll be bringing a few copies to Handworks next month?

  3. bsrlee says:

    Errrr, weren’t you supposed to be sending an email out to us International types for extra postage? I got the email with the tracking number, but I don’t remember paying for the extra postage.

    • Nope. You are thinking of the deluxe “Roubo on Furniture.” For this book, international customers were charged extra at the outset.

      So we’re square.

  4. Received the book yesterday, absolute work of art. This will hold a prized place on my bookshelf. I can’t get enough of the feel of the cover and pages, just keep running my hands over them.

    • anfaith says:

      I have the letterpress poster of the Anarchist’s Tool Chest hanging on the wall and see it every day. I can only imagine a whole book of it. Congrats to everyone who contributed to it, and who get to own one.

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