Author Archives: Lost Art Press

About Lost Art Press

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

To Herculaneum

No matter how much you read about a person, a piece of furniture or a place, the real thing is always different. Today, Narayan Nayar and I visited Herculaneum, the doomed coastal city in Italy that has changed the way … Continue reading

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‘Making Things Work’ by Nancy R. Hiller

As cautionary woodworking tales go, Nancy R. Hiller’s might just be the funniest – and the most sincere. Standing in contrast to James Krenov’s “The Impractical Cabinetmaker” from 1979, Hiller’s new book, “Making Things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life,” … Continue reading

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Chris vs. the Volcano

I leave for Naples, Italy, in the morning to research Roman workbenches, which is a shocking sentence to write. When I wrote my first book on workbenches, I had never seen an ancient French workbook in person. I’d never used … Continue reading

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On Sale: Roubo ‘Pied du Roi’ Rulers

When translating Andre Roubo’s “l’Art du menuisier,” we debated converting all of his dimensions to U.S. Customary Units or metric. After some discussion, we decided to leave them as-is for the same reason that we tried to maintain Roubo’s writing … Continue reading

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Big Batch of Soft Wax now Available

My daughter Katy made another monster batch of soft wax for the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool event last weekend and had 45 tins left over to sell in her etsy store. Check it out here. Remember: It’s for furniture. We had … Continue reading

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‘You Smell Like Mothballs’

Last night I got home from work and my wife said, “You smell like mothballs.” I am pretty sure I looked a bit disheveled too. I had a blank stare on my face and had the hair-falling-out-of-the-ponytail halo going on. … Continue reading

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What Does Letterpress Look Like?

Roman Workbenches from Christopher Schwarz on Vimeo. During the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event last weekend several attendees mentioned how they loved that our books were printed via letterpress. I had to correct them because that’s absolutely not the case. We … Continue reading

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