Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

‘Anarchist’s Tool Chest’ Back in Black

We’ve just ordered our ninth (!!) printing of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” and will return to the black cloth cover. The red cover was a one-time thing for the fifth anniversary of the book’s release. It might also please/vex you … Continue reading

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The Last of the Tool Chest Posters

While straightening up the stockroom at our storefront last week, I made a startling discovery under a pile of posters promoting “Calvin Cobb” Radio Woodworker!” It was a thick stack of letterpress tool chest posters for “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” … Continue reading

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The Good Books

This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz.  The funny thing is that it was my mad obsession with acquiring woodworking stuff that helped me find a balanced approach to the craft. You see, I became as obsessed … Continue reading

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Disposable Goods for a Disposable Planet

Some of the pieces I worked on were well over 100 years old, still strong and easily repaired, while much newer, mass-produced pieces were already broken and not worth fixing. This experience reacquainted me with the ethic of craftsmanship. In … Continue reading

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The English Layout Square Describes a Circle

One of the tropes in journalism is to bring a story full circle in the last paragraph. It’s called the “kicker” or the “kick” and it is supposed to leave the reader amused, saddened or something. The following story has … Continue reading

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Just in Time for Christmas!

This chest is a close reproduction of a traditional joiner’s tool chest. Chris designed the chest and constructed the box portion during a course he taught with us several years ago. I (Jim Tolpin) finished it by building the lid … Continue reading

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100 More ‘Anarchist’s Tool Chest’ Posters in Stock

We have finally figured out how many letterpress “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” posters we have left in stock after shipping out all of the last batch. And after replacing damaged ones. And replacing the damaged replacements. We have 100 we … Continue reading

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