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