We have so many things coming down the birth canal this month that we should install stoplights?
Next week we will release our embroidered SuperWoobie™* on the world. This is our favorite microfiber cloth embroidered (here in Covington) with “Don’t Despair – Nothing Without Labour” on one corner. It’s a small, encouraging reminder you’ll see every time you wipe down your tools after a good (or off-the-rails) day in the shop.
I expect these to be $23 or $24 retail. They’ll come with instructions and a small zippered bag that makes soaking the rag with oil a simple task.
After that, look for the Lost Art Press Full-zip Hoodie. Tom Bonamici investigated what it would take to sew and stitch a hoodie, and then we compared the price and quality to the American Giant zip hoodies, which are the best ones that I know of on the market today. We decided to use American Giant as our supplier because we couldn’t beat the price or quality.
I have worn these hoodies for years and can vouch for their comfort, fit and durability. Ours will be printed with the “Nothing Without Labour” logo on the back with a bee printed on the front. I don’t have a retail price calculated, yet.
After that, the Crucible Dovetail Template is coming. This is a solid steel template based off the Woodjoy Tools one that is no longer made (yes, we are paying the designer a royalty on every tool sold). This is Megan Fitzpatrick’s favorite dovetail marker and has slopes for 1:6 and 1:8 dovetails.
Unlike the original, ours is milled out of one piece of solid steel, which reduces assembly time for us and ensures a perfect 90° at the corner. The price will be less than $50. In time I hope we will come out with a marker that also has 1:4, which is the redneck dovetail slope I prefer.
And after that, our beautiful edition of Joseph Moxon’s “Mechanick Exercises or the Doctrine of Handy-Works” will arrive. This important early woodworking book deserves to be in print at a price everyone can afford (about $25 for a clothbound book with sewn signatures). Plus every book sold will help benefit the Early American Industries Association, which assisted with book production.
— Christopher Schwarz
*We didn’t really trademark SuperWoobie™, ChairChat™ or 38” Workbench™. I just finally learned to make a trademark symbol on the keyboard and am enjoying it.