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LostArtPress on InstagramAnd how should we finish up this Chest of Drawers? “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” suggests grain-painting it to look like oak, then adding wooden knobs that are ebony or painted to look like it. Also recommended: Adding a strip of flat or beaded wood around the bottom of the case to cover the dovetails. Then paint this strip black as well. Contemporary tastes don’t go for grain-painting, and we like our joinery exposed. And this chest looks just fine to the modern eye if simply varnished. In fact, some people have asked me if the piece was a Shaker design. That’s an interesting comment, as early Shakers were from England and were trained in the shops of 18th-century masters. It wasn’t until the Shakers started training their own followers in cabinet making that the Shaker style became extremely refined like what you see in the Eastern Shaker communities in the middle 19th century. The chest in this book is made using American black cherry, which does not take well to complex dyes. So I decided to use a finish that would be simple, as this is not a high-style piece, and would be in line with the practices of the period. — from “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” by Anon, Christopher Schwarz and Joel Moskowitz #The_Joiner_and_Cabinet_MakerPsst. The second edition of @nrhiller’s great book “Making Things Work” is now available in our store. Changes to the second edition are minor — new dust jacket (swipe to see) and a short additional tale at the end. We are so pleased that Nancy has let us become the publisher for this book, and we hope to keep it in print for many years to come.Tall Clocks. 81-1/2" H x 15 -3/8” W x 8-3/4" D (207cm x 39.1cm x 22.2cm). One of my favorite pieces, this clock design is attributed to Benjamin Youngs, Sr., of Watervliet, N.Y. It’s austere, yet elegant; the only adornment is the quarter-round moulding top and bottom, and the cove that supports the bonnet. The original is pine, with a mahogany stain. I usually make this clock in cherry, but it also looks stunning completely ebonized. Dennis Griggs photo. — from “Shaker Inspiration” by Christian Becksvoort. #Shaker_Inspiration
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Category Archives: Lost Art Press Storefront
Dec. 8 will be the last open day at Lost Art Press for the year, and we always like to do something a little special for all the people who travel to see us and the locals who support us. … Continue reading
I’m still in Germany, but Brendan Gaffney and Megan Fitzpatrick will open the Lost Art Press storefront to the public today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is located at 837 Willard St. in Covington, Ky. We’ll have … Continue reading
The Lost Art Press storefront will be open today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And then we’re having a book-release party for “Hands Employed Aright” with the author Joshua Klein – all the way from Maine. The party starts … Continue reading
The Lost Art Press storefront will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with our usual mix of free woodworking instruction, discounted blemished books and tours of the building. We also will host Nancy Hiller that same … Continue reading
The Lost Art Press storefront will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this coming Saturday. While Megan Fitzpatrick will be gorging herself on lobster and Downeast Cider, Brendan Gaffney and I will be working dutifully … Continue reading
On our website, John and I frequently discuss the mechanical aspects of our books. But sometimes I worry our technical jargon is lost on some. To help remedy that, here’s a short video on the mechanical aspects of our books. … Continue reading
We adore Nancy Hiller’s new book “English Arts & Crafts Furniture,” even though we didn’t publish it. So we have gladly agreed to host a book-release party at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at our storefront in Covington, Ky. You can … Continue reading