The Storefront is Open this Saturday


The mule chest “in the white.”

The Lost Art Press storefront will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is your opportunity to talk with fellow woodworkers, ask any questions about the craft that have been bugging you and perhaps learn a new technique at the bench.

We also sell our full line of Lost Art Press books and will have a few Crucible Lump Hammers for sale (we’re working on a big batch this week). But as anyone will tell you, these open days are not about commerce for us. There is no hard sell or soft sell – not even a medium sell.

As always, there are lots of ongoing projects in the shop for you to examine.

  • I am finishing work on a mule chest for the expansion of “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” This piece offers scads of storage and is quick to build with rabbets and nails.
  • I should be building the exterior cases for the Nicholson Campaign Chest, which has been a six-month journey. The casework is done and finished.
  • We should be in the midst of repairing and refinishing our front door. I cracked the glass while repairing a muntin. So…. new glass on the way. And the exterior needs a new coat of oil.
  • Megan Fitzpatrick is finishing work on a book by Robert Wearing that should go to press next week. The book is on fixtures, jigs and appliances for handwork. You can come take a first look at the proofs if you like.
  • Brendan Gaffney is off teaching at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking this week. He should be back on Saturday with a cabinet to show.

Come for the Woodworking, Stay for the Food
Many visitors to our shop also make a day of it and get lunch or brunch while in Covington. We have some bad news on that front. Main Street Tavern has closed. We are crushed. And so we offer this list of other great places to eat that you can walk to:

Otto’s: A fantastic brunch (you might want to make reservations just to be sure).

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington: The best eggs Benedict in town

Libby’s Southern Comfort: Crazy good fried chicken

Commonwealth: Very Kentucky (that’s a good thing).

Also worth seeing in town:

The Cincinnati Art Museum has an exhibit on the art of Burning Man that is getting rave reviews. The museum also has an impressive decorative arts collection and general admission is free.

The Contemporary Arts Center (the CAC) is also free and has three new exhibits opening Friday.

And The Cincinnati Museum Center is now reopened after its extensive and impressive renovation. You can lose an entire day here touring the multiple museums.

And don’t forget the regulars: The Newport Aquarium, the world-class Cincinnati Zoo, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the American Sign Museum, the Taft Museum of Art and the Cincinnati Fire Museum (to name a few).

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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5 Responses to The Storefront is Open this Saturday

  1. hgordon4 says:

    Main Street Tavern closed?! That’s terrible news. So glad I got to have their chicken and waffles one last time when I was there a couple weeks ago. Bummer.

  2. Uhhhgg. That is bad news. Good news is now you’ll get some hard data as to if its the Chicken and Waffles, or the open house that is really what draws us in. That may no be that good’a news either.

  3. Maggie Kuhn says:

    Sounds like a lot of hard work, congrats on your steady progress!

  4. Steve Winkelman says:

    The mule chest is a bit of a paradox. I love it. So simplistic in the build features yet in the white, with the black hardware accents, it’s simple lines are quite elegant to my eye.

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