Category Archives: Personal Favorites

Living Well is the Best Revenge

When F+W Media fired Megan Fitzpatrick on Dec. 5, 2017, there were people inside and outside the organization who gloated over the news. That statement isn’t news. I am qualified to tell you that you don’t get to be the … Continue reading

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A Smidgen Off Being Ugly

After making Welsh stick chairs for almost 17 years, I am accustomed to strong reactions to the form. “I hate to tell you this,” said one recent visitor. “But I think Welsh stick chairs are butt ugly.” Asked another: “You … Continue reading

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Remember This

When we think of Thomas Chippendale, let us never forget his greatest achievement: Cutting his dovetails tails-first. That, and trolling the Frenchies in his workshop for cutting the joint in the opposite manner. And chairmaker Robert Manwearing, who shall be … Continue reading

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The Fools Caught it

I made my song a coat Covered with embroideries Out of old mythologies From heel to throat; But the fools caught it, Wore it in the world’s eyes As though they’d wrought it. Song, let them take it For there’s … Continue reading

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Why We Are Hermits

A woodworking friend of mine has the most boring tattoo ever. It’s a single black dot – about 1/16″ across – on his hand. He put it there as a reminder. Whenever he sees that dot, he is reminded to … Continue reading

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Immediate and Ordinary Beauty

One of the reasons we’ve made Lost Art Press books as durable as possible might seem silly. Perhaps it is the result of growing up in the Cold War, but I’ve always worried that human civilization is on the brink … Continue reading

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Industry, Labor & Wait

Surrounding the workshop of Wyatt Childs Inc., the acreage is stacked with antique stonework, ironwork and enormous millstones and grindstones. It’s literally a garden of earthly delights, and I spent as much time as I could wandering in the yard … Continue reading

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