I’m not much of a tease, which is the primary reason I turned down a job with the Chippendales male revue. (Funny how they never show off their finely carved chairs at their shows.)
So I’m not going to falsely tantalize you with “all the mind-blowing stuff we have in the works” that “we can hardly wait to tell you about” and that will make you “just fricking plotz.”
Instead, here’s what’s coming.
In March, we will release two titles. One is “Cadi & the Cursed Oak” by our own Kara Gebhart Uhl with illustrations by Elin Manon. This children’s book is about the famous Welsh Nannau oak. Objects made with the wood of this tree are said to be cursed. So what happens when Cadi – the daughter of a Welsh chairmaker – drinks from a cup made from the cursed oak?
The book explores dark themes – so don’t expect a Disney experience. But the message is true and good. The book will be $19.
Also out in March is our reprint of Joseph Moxon’s “Mechanick Exercises or the Doctrine of Handy-Works.” This is the first English-language book on woodworking and covers blacksmithing, carpentry, turning, bricklaying and making sundials. My contemporary copies of this important book have fallen to pieces, and Moxon deserves better.
This book is being made to our usual high standards. Sewn signatures, casebound binding, heavy cover boards wrapped in cotton cloth. Made in the USA. It will be $24. Also, a portion of every purchase will be donated to the Early American Industries Association.
Other books that are actively in the works for 2022:
- Megan Fitzpatrick’s book on Dutch tool chests
- Jarrod Dahl’s book on pole lathe turning
- Will Myers’s long-awaited book on Shaker furniture with real, honest-to-god measured drawings (many of the drawings now out there are wrong)
- Derek Jones’ book on cricket tables
- George Walker and Jim Tolpin’s book “Euclid’s Door,” on wooden layout tools and the lessons they can teach us
- My first mini book on a stick chair form – an expansion of “The Stick Chair Book.”
We also have some other titles that may or may not make it to the printer in 2022, including a translation of Jögge Sunqvist’s book on chip-carving and John Porritt’s “The Belligerent Finisher.”
On the Crucible tools side of things, we are working on our 5th anniversary tools, including an engraved lump hammer and a steel version of our Bevel Monkey.
In apparel, Tom Bonamici is working on manufacturing a tool apron (the prototype is on my waist every day) and an American-made zip hoodie that will feature the “Never Despair – Nothing Without Labour” print we so love.
And if that’s all we do in 2022, I’ll be happy. Just reading this list makes me want to take a nap.
— Christopher Schwarz
20 thoughts on “Coming in 2022”
You’ve done some beautiful book covers, but that Cadi cover is absolutely stunning.
Freud alert: mentioning the Chippendale male revue and “falsey” so close together.
Fixed. I need to talk to my therapist, apparently.
Well, admittedly not that much of a tease, but boy!, you sure know how to make a fella’s mouth start to water!
And while looking forward to all those happy things that you will bring us, in return please let me wish you and yours and the whole LAP gang a very Happy New Year 2022!
Happy New Year (to all of us readers)!! WooHoo
A few questions, which I presume will be answered by future blog posts, but I’m impatient.
What is a “Cricket Table”? And where did it get the name? The sport, the insect, or other.
What is the difference between this new Moxon book, and ‘The Art of Joinery’( or more particularly, your revised edition)?
Cricket Tables: https://blog.lostartpress.com/2021/03/08/no-sticky-wickets/
On Mechanick Exercises: The new book will have all the book’s original sections – not just the section on joinery. And it is a facsimile, meaning is will look like Moxon’s original printing. And it will not have the modern commentary that is in “The Art of Joinery.”
Hmmmmm… hoodie: nope! But how about Madeline bringing back the Never Despair t-shirt? (yeah, sigh, I know t-shirts are an economic disaster.)
Cursed wood and belligerent finishes? Sounds too close to home for my taste. That pretty much sums up my first 10-20 projects.
Also the book cover is kind of like a dark polar opposite of the classic The Giving Tree.
Really looking forward to Euclid’s Door!
Wasn’t there a finishing book in the works from the Barn at Whiterun guy? Did I miss that one?
Don Williams is still working on his finishing book. He has posted a few updates here:
Can’t wait to get Cadi and the cursed oak so I can read to my boy when he is older. I’m so glad there will be books for children related to the craft.
Looks like 2022 is going to require expanding my bookshelves again.
Cadi and the Cursed oak might be only the second darkest book in your stable given that in Grandpa’s Workshop someone bludgeon’s his brother to death with a hammer. The dragon scene is not for the faint of heart either. I also am looking forward to the new kids book. This is quite an amazing list you have put together here.
Also Happy New Year to you and Meghan and your family! And thanks for recommending the Atlas of Furniture Design. That book is quite the rabbit hole.
Can’t wait for Will Myers’s book! I didn’t know that was in the works!
I’m looking forward to these books!
I understand it might be a sensitive subject, but I was wondering if you had decided if The Book Book project would proceed? I think there’d be a lot of enthusiasm for the book.
It will –a bit delayed, but till in progress.
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