Dec. 8: Ask to See Our Clock


Dec. 8 will be the last open day at Lost Art Press for the year, and we always like to do something a little special for all the people who travel to see us and the locals who support us.

This year, we’ll have a bunch of blemished books at 50 percent off (cash only on those). We hope to have a small quantity of Crucible Lump Hammers (no promises). We’ll be giving away free Chester Cornett buttons. We’ll have our entire stock of books, including the new Christian Becksvoort book “Shaker Inspiration.”

And we will have… a clock.


One of the local stores that our family has frequented for decades has a long-standing holiday tradition we love. Customers are asked if they “want to see the clock.” Those who agree are taken to the back room where there is a clock, of course, but also something else. (Let’s just say you need to be 21 to see the clock, and it’s not porn.)

The storefront is located at 837 Willard St., in Covington, Ky. We will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we’ll be happy to answer your woodworking questions or even demonstrate any techniques that are flummoxing you.

After you visit us, you might like to have brunch at one of our favorite spots in Covington: Main Street Tavern, Otto’s or Hotel Covington. We’d love to join you, but I’m afraid our bosses are making us work that day. Jerks.

Hope to see you there.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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6 Responses to Dec. 8: Ask to See Our Clock

  1. davevaness says:

    When I have woodworking themed events, I get cheap food grade caulk tubes. I empty them and then put compressed air to the tip and blow the back cap out. A quick clean up and then put dip (onion, guacamole, pimento cheese, nacho cheese, etc) in and insert the back cap Put them in caulking guns and you have dip dispensers for the party! People love it. A planner might remember to save the tubes when they are actually using them but I’m not that kind of guy.

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  2. SSteve says:

    At our local family-owned grocery store they have customer appreciation day on Christmas Eve. In the back of the store, they have free nibbles and someone ladling out egg nog. For decades, they’ve had two bowls, one for adults only. A few years ago, the adults-only bowl was discontinued. This year I’ll try asking to see the clock.


  3. davevaness says:

    Another thing, I make my own shellac from ever clear and shellac flakes. At said events , in the tradition of 19th century wood finishers, I offer my guests lac and coke. (The term “shellacked” for be drunk came from the wood finishers drinking their finish,)


  4. davevaness says:

    My wife’s Uncle was Mormon so he didn’t drink. However he would drink his morning and evening coffee in the garage, even when it was 30 below. Apparently it’s not drinking if you hide the bottle in your tool box.


  5. Jim Dillon says:

    At fairs in old New England, there was often a tent where you could pay to see the striped pig.

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