Author Archives: Lost Art Press

About Lost Art Press

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

‘Honest Labour:’ I Hope I’m Wrong

The following is the introductory note to our new book “Honest Labour: The Charles H. Hayward Years: 1936-1966.” This entry explains the history behind the project and the doubts that we battled throughout. I know that it is an odd … Continue reading

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June 13 Open Day is Canceled

We have decided to cancel the June 13 open day at our storefront. We will reschedule it for a future Saturday when it seems like a good idea to get 100+ people together from all over the country and cram … Continue reading

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‘Honest Labour’ Has Arrived

Our Indiana warehouse reports that our press run of “Honest Labour” has arrived. The warehouse will pack and ship the pre-publication orders shortly. You should receive an emailed notice when your book goes into the mail. If you are unsure … Continue reading

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Robert Wearing, 1921-2020

Noted woodworker, teacher and author Robert Wearing (1921-2020) died peacefully on April 27 at age 99, according to his son, Dave Wearing. Wearing was “interested in wood to the end,” Dave wrote in an email. Wearing was the author of … Continue reading

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The Redundancy School of Repeating Myself

I wish I were a better sawyer. Sometimes I wish I could pull off a nice French polish. But mostly, I wish I could stick to the script. When I teach people how to make a chair, tool chest, workbench … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 10: Lightweight Commercial Bench

This is the final tour in our series. I have one more workbench on site – the Loffelholz workbench – but it is upstairs and in use as part of a makeshift kitchen (we ripped out our kitchen on March … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 9: French Oak Roubo Workbench

I built my first Roubo in 2005 out of yellow pine. Loved it to death. I sold it after I had the opportunity to build this beauty in 2013. It has remained my workbench ever since. I don’t know why, … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 8: Moravian Workbench

The Moravian workbench made popular by Will Myers is a gorgeous piece of work – probably the prettiest workbench in our shop. It’s a full-featured bench in a compact design that can be knocked to pieces in minutes. I first … Continue reading

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A Little-discussed Feature of Tool Chests

Many critics of tool chests (on either the wall or the floor) say they prefer to have all their tools mounted on the walls where they can see them (and if they are missing) and be able to easily get … Continue reading

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Revenge of the Oaks

Whenever I finish building a massive workbench in oak, I think: This thing is going to last a long, long time. Hubris. For proof, just ask Ryan Bowen, of Charlotte, North Carolina. Ryan had built a “lightweight Roubo” workbench about … Continue reading

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