A Race Against Time with ‘Welsh Stick Chairs’


It’s difficult to believe that it has already been 10 years since John Brown died on June 1, 2008. It’s even more difficult to believe that his landmark book “Welsh Stick Chairs” is not in print.

With a little luck, we hope to have “Welsh Stick Chairs” in your hands in June 2018 for the 10-year anniversary of his passing. Today I uploaded the final files to our printer and they should start production on the book on Monday afternoon.

We hope to open pre-publication sales of the book next week. We’re still waiting on a couple elements of the print job to make sure we have the costs correct. We’re shooting for $27 to $29, which will include domestic shipping.

Note that we have the rights to distribute “Welsh Stick Chairs” only in North America. Not in Europe, the UK or – oddly enough – Wales. We’ve been told another publisher in the UK will be publishing a version for that market. But we don’t know when or what it will look like.

Ours will be printed in the United States on heavy and smooth coated paper. The signatures will be sewn for durability. And the book will be covered in heavy 100-pound Mohawk cardstock with a vellum texture. (We love Mohawk paper – it’s made with wind power.)

The dark blue cover will then be stamped with a matte silver foil. It’s going to look crisp and have a lot of nice textures.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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7 Responses to A Race Against Time with ‘Welsh Stick Chairs’

  1. Jonathan Schneider says:

    Is it so wrong to get all the Subpop records and dragcity lps because they sound so good. My record dealer always orders the us and the eu version . Books…!


  2. Max Steenbock says:

    Very much looking forward to it.


  3. I’m so excited to have a chance to finally read this book, which has been out of reach of most folks for quite a while. Best wishes and many thanks!!


  4. Will there be a pre-order for this book?


  5. djmueller says:

    Next up, a compilation of his writings from Good Woodworking magazine?


  6. Kevin Adams says:

    Excited for the book, Chris. While you have more immediate priorities with the book, I’d love to be able to get a quality poster of John Brown banging those legs into the seat or perhaps one of his chairs. Just wanted to mention if any other interest. Thanks, take care. Kevin


  7. This is great news! I can’t wait to get this book. My wife wants some of these chairs and I have been putting off making her some. Now I won’t have any excuse. lol



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