Update: Deluxe ‘Roubo on Furniture Making’


Before I travel, I make enormous lists of everything I need to do before I depart. At the end of each of these lists I should add this item: Get dumped on.

Less than 24 hours before getting on a plane for Germany, a huge task landed outside my front door in a FedEx box. Inside were the imposition proofs for the deluxe version of “Roubo on Furniture Making.” This was my last opportunity to comb the pages for mistakes before the printer cranks up the presses.

So I dropped everything and spent six hours reviewing all 440 pages. This morning I sent it to Wesley Tanner, the designer, so he could look it over for design errors. When Wesley completes his work, the book will go on press.

So when will you see this book? I talked to our printing representative yesterday, and he is hoping that the books will ship to our warehouse on or about July 17. The printing part is fast. Then the sheets have to be trucked to New Mexico to be bound (very few binderies can handle a book of this size). And they have to hand build the slipcases for each book.

If the schedule changes, I’ll let you know.


For those of you who clicked on the link for the deluxe version of “Roubo on Furniture Making” and felt your checkbook stroke out, here’s the deal. This book will be about as nice a modern book as can be purchased. It’s something that is difficult to describe on a web page or in words. When people see it in person (these volumes are 11” x 17”) and they see the quality, they understand the price tag.

John and I are taking a sizable financial risk with this book (the print run cost as much as our storefront building), but we are more than willing to stick our necks out to bring something into this world that is this special and rare.

We just have our fingers crossed that after the books come out, we don’t say: “Want fries with that?”

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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21 Responses to Update: Deluxe ‘Roubo on Furniture Making’

  1. holtdoa says:

    If it comes to that, supply Sriracha sauce with the fries and call them artisanal fries and bump the price by $5. I’m skipping lunches to scrape up the cash so i can order (and not get questioned too closely by my wife)!

  2. Have you ever consider videoing a field trip to all the people and manufactures that it take to put these books together? I think the process is very interesting and it adds value to the books.
    Thanks for bringing us Lost Art Press

    • holtdoa says:

      …then speed up the video and dub in the Yakety Sax song from the Benny Hill show

  3. Sirachi sauce?! I can’t afford that…. Sustenance can easily be obtained with a hot bowl of wiener water soup, and the heel from a day old loaf of white bread. Prayers are said to give thanks prior to partaking of said soup, and blessings are given to support those that keep the art alive. “Slurp”…… mmmmm…. so good.

  4. Niels Cosman says:

    OMG! OMG! OMG!
    *giddy like a little schoolgirl*

  5. hgordon4 says:

    I’m looking forward to receiving my copy of the deluxe edition.
    I’m bummed that I didn’t get the deluxe edition of the Marquetry book. They were sold out before I figured out that I wanted one.
    I hope you’re able to sell out of this one fairly quickly too.

  6. zeelandmatt says:

    I’m looking forward to my copy! Thanks to all of you for the years of work it took to get this book to press!

  7. Salko Safic says:

    I think what you’re doing is important, the information these books left for us by ancients would of been lost to us forever if you didn’t take this leap of faith in humanity to deliver them to us. You have a sizeable following so I believe you will sell them all successfully, if it were anyone else the results may have been different. Sad but true.

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