Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Design Book

Expanding ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’

With “Ingenious Mechanicks: Early Workbenches & Workholding” at the printer, we are focused on getting three more books to the printer: “Hands Employed Aright” by Joshua Klein “Slöjd in Wood” by Jögge Sundqvist “Cut & Dried: A Woodworker’s Guide to … Continue reading

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Extrude This

This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Design Book” by Christopher Schwarz.  There is a three-step process for how people – woodworkers or not – approach a typical table. 1. They run their hands over the top to feel how smooth … Continue reading

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‘The Peasantry is Unimportant’

One of the ideas that’s been crashing around in my head for years is that vernacular furniture – what I call the “furniture of necessity” – is divorced, separate and independent from the high styles of furniture that crowd the … Continue reading

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Last Chance for Black-stained Pages on ‘Anarchist’s Design Book’

We just ordered the third printing of “The Anarchist’s Design Book” and decided to omit the black staining of the book block for this and future printings. Though we love the look, it is incredibly expensive, tricky to do and … Continue reading

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Uncivil Engineering

This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Design Book” by Christopher Schwarz. On the outside, we are all different organisms. Different hair, skin, weight, height, clothes and surface decorations (tattoos, makeup, scars). These differences tell others our age, gender, wealth and place … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Let Me Be Understood

Handworks 2017 was a blur of faces, handshakes and hugs with people I haven’t seen in ages. It also was a chance to meet a new crop of hard-core woodworkers, people in their 20s who are determined and talented – … Continue reading

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New Prints of Expansive Bits

Editor’s Note: Briony Morrow-Cribbs, who illustrated “The Anarchist’s Design Book,” has just completed a run of 50 letterpress prints on the evolution of the expansive bit for a client. As part of the process, she has 50 prints to sell. … Continue reading

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