Peter Galbert and Peter Follansbee – two of our favorite authors – have both started substacks recently, and they have both become part of my daily reading routine.
(What’s a substack? It’s a blog that has different subscription levels. You can read some articles for free. Other articles with a paid subscription. It’s a way to support a writer’s work directly – substack takes only a very small cut of the subscription cost.)
Galbert’s substack, Chair Notes, is both technical and philosophical. He adds short videos and illustrations that amplify his points. It also is the jumping off point for Galbert’s work on his next book with Lost Art Press. It’s about chairs – of course – but it will expand the world of techniques and materials from his first volume, “Chairmaker’s Notebook.” After talking it over with Galbert, it’s safe to say: Expect big things.
Follansbee’s substack, charmingly called Follansbee’s Substack, is technical and historical, with some personal stories woven in. Follansbee is working on a book on the history of the craft – in particular, this current wave. Where did it come from? Who started it? It’s fascinating stuff that I didn’t know. But Follansbee and the people around him witnessed it first-hand.
It’s also about his daily work: 17th century hand-tool woodworking and chairs.
Both substacks are definitely worth following. I bought a paid subscription to each one and love the missives that show up in my email inbox.
I also have a substack – The American Peasant – which I started last November. It’s where I write without a filter (consider it a warning). Want a taste? I’ve just made this post “The Lesson of the Bearded Antiquarian” free. If that doesn’t scare you off….
— Christopher Schwarz