Author Archives: Lost Art Press

About Lost Art Press

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

Yup, This is How You Clamp It

I’ve gotten some questions (and derision) about a photo we posted on Instagram from “The Anarchist’s Design Book,” that shows assembling a six-board chest with rosehead nails. In the photo I have the clamps oriented to prevent splits. And that’s … Continue reading

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Download an Excerpt from ‘Woodworking in Estonia’

I’ve prepared a 56-page excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” that you can download and (I hope) enjoy. The excerpt includes Peter Follansbee’s introduction to the book, plus a section on axes and a chapter on making containers from multiple boards … Continue reading

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A 1572 Workbench from the Netherlands

I have a theory, which I’ll delve into in my next book, called “Roman Workbenches,” that the transition from the old-style Roman workbench to the more formally joined French or modern bench occurred in the 16th century. So I was … Continue reading

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A 1770 French Bench, and a Translation

Jeff Burks pointed out that the bench shown in this entry is indeed French and was copied in reverse for the German encyclopedia. But even more important, Burks offered this translation of the description of the bench from the French … Continue reading

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A 1781 Workbench and Many Questions

The workbench shown above is featured in Johann Georg Krünitz’s “Oekonomische Encyklopädie,” a remarkable work of 242 volumes. I don’t have the translated text that accompanies this plate, so I’m going to make some educated guesses about this workbench. (In … Continue reading

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Bench Detail from 1764

As requested: A detail of the face vise on the 1764 bench from “Hallens, Werkstätte der Künste.”

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Fractions in the Real World

Here’s a page from a forthcoming pamphlet I’m working on about the geometric truths that underlie – and led to the development of – all our layout tools, including (and ending up at) the sector. If you have kids around … Continue reading

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