Author Archives: Lost Art Press

About Lost Art Press

Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.

My First Time

During the last 30 years, I’ve heard hundreds of “I first encountered Fine Woodworking…” stories that have an impressive ending. The person becomes a lifetime woodworker or quits their job to build furniture. Or collects every issue since the magazine … Continue reading

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You Have to Believe Your Own BS

We ripped out our kitchen on March 1 and have spent the last 10 weeks waiting for a safe time (with procedures sanctioned by state health officials) to resume the work. This week the cabinets arrived, and so I recruited … Continue reading

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Design Book Out of Stock & Other Updates

We’ve run out of copies of “The Anarchist’s Design Book: Expanded Edition.”  We ordered enough to last us two years, but they lasted only four months. We ordered a new press run on April 17 and should have our stock … Continue reading

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Answer the Door

Here in downtown Covington, we live with a lot of people who are in and out of homeless shelters. Plus, my wife’s job is to write about homelessness, poverty and social justice issues for a local television station. So it’s … Continue reading

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Chair Documentary Free for a Short Time

If you are into chairs and history, make time very soon to watch this 90-minute film: “Chair Times: A History of Seating – From 1800 to Today.” The Vitra Design Museum is streaming it for free right now, and I … Continue reading

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Rock the Boat

Whenever I am asked to build a rocking chair, I say: “Sorry, I don’t make them. They are a totally different animal than what I build.” But if you could centrifuge the polite Southerner out of my response, it might … Continue reading

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Now Available: ‘The Welsh Stick Chair: A Visual Record’

For woodworkers who are interested in chairmaking or vernacular furniture, we now stock a new book from Wales that we think you’ll find invaluable. “The Welsh Stick Chair: A Visual Record” by Tim and Betsan Bowen is a photographic exploration … Continue reading

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The Essential Stick of the Lawn

This is one of my favorite stories that doesn’t involve a colonoscopy. When I traveled to Devon, U.K., to teach a tool chest class at David Savage’s shop and school, Rowden Atelier, I sent my usual tool list in advance … Continue reading

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‘Honest Labour’ Now Shipping

We began shipping of “Honest Labour” this week, and customers who placed a pre-publication order should receive their books soon. We received our first box of the books at the storefront yesterday. Our Michigan plant, as always, did a nice … Continue reading

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What About the Back of the Tool?

  I promise this post is not about sharpening. It is, instead, about what we read vs. what we see. When I learned to sharpen, the entire first day of my lesson was all about flattening the backs of my … Continue reading

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