Second Chance for ‘Roman Workbenches’


Thanks to the good work on the press and the bindery, we are going to have about 150 copies of the letterpress version of “Roman Workbenches” to sell in our online store at the end of May 2017.

Yesterday, Megan Fitzpatrick and I repaired all these excess copies, pasting in the two missing lines that were snipped off during the plate-making process. All these copies now need to return to our warehouse in Indianapolis and we need to take care of a few customers who received severely damaged copies.


Then, after we take care of all those details, we will put up the remaining stock for sale in our store at noon Eastern time on Friday, May 26, 2017. The price will be the same as it was for the first batch of books and it will be available for international customers.

We will not have any of these books at Handworks later this month, I’m afraid.

After these books sell out, they are gone. We will not do another run of letterpress copies of this book. So you have 20 days to sell your plasma, etc. I am, however, working on a greatly expanded book on this topic that we will print on our usual offset presses and will include photos and additional research I’ve conducted this year.

— Christopher Schwarz

P.S. Several customers have asked if we will print any books in the future using letterpress. The answer is: I hope so. It has to be the right sort of book, and we’ll have to marshal all the people involved in this project and hope they’ve forgotten what a pain in the crotch mahogany it was.

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9 Responses to Second Chance for ‘Roman Workbenches’

  1. If mahogany is a pain the crotch, you may need to re-think you’re work holding methods. 🙂

  2. 61chrysler says:

    Help me understand. Letterpress printing with plates.

  3. Honestly, I’m a sucker for letterpress and that was at least half the reason I bought this one. I’m more than willing to pitch in if it helps get another one off the press.

  4. jeffschrader2013 says:

    The paper you are using for the patch appears to match well with the paper of the book. When I printed the PDF file on photo copy paper it didn’t look as good. If I send you a SASE will you send the two sentences on your paper? Thanks, Jeff

  5. I’ll buy one if I have the chance. I already own Roman Furniture and Roman Woodworking, so this will complete the trifecta.

  6. kevinbuchan says:

    Are all off the ‘Second Chance” books gone? the store only has the PDF available? Is there a way to pre-pay? THX KB

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