Have you seen this man?
We chose the dividers from Moxon, our first publication, as our corporate symbol. I say corporate as a joke because if you know us you know we are hardly corporate. Our lofty goals for Lost Art Press are to publish information that other companies won’t and to make enough money to support our tool and alcohol purchases which by the way, are substantial.
Anyway, I wanted to refer you to a podcast that I have found called The Logan Cabinet Shoppe. The purveyor of this blog is Bob Rozaieski. He is a Sith from the dark side of woodworking i.e. hand tool only guy. On his site he has put a video chronicle of the building a porringer top tea table. If you go to Quick tip #4, you get to see how he designed the tea table using proportions based on column orders. The entire design starts with the height of the table which was restricted to fit a particular space in his house. From this known limitation he then designs the remainder of the piece using only dividers, to include determining the curves of the cabriole legs. The video is done in a clear color coded manner and is easy to understand.
I wanted to thank Bob for taking the time to put this information out there for us and let others know about this great video podcast. In case you want to know what a hand tool only Sith looks like, here is a picture of Bob from his site.
Demand was stronger than we anticipated for a leather hand-bound edition of “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker.” We sold out of all of our copies within a couple weeks of announcing the run. So at the request of several customers, we are offering a second run of 26 books at the same price.
This run will be different than the first. The book will be bound by hand by the craftsmen at Ohio Books in Cincinnati, but the leather will be a finely grained black cow skin. The title on the cover and spine will be debossed and foiled with a matte silver (we experimented with several sheens and colors). And the marbled end sheets are a matching black and gray. If you’d like details of the shop that does the binding, check out this blog entry.
Each book will be signed by me and Joel Moskowitz and lettered A through Z.
This is one edition that I am buying for myself.
The cost will be $165 plus $8.50 for priority mail shipping in the United States (foreign orders can get a quote from Sharon using the link below). When the books arrive in May we will list them for sale in the store. If you are interested in reserving a copy, please contact Sharon at email@example.com. Or you can call her at (317) 603-3605. Please note that half of this run of black leather books is already reserved.
As always, it’s first-come, first serve.
We might offer a third run later in the year using a different leather (green or deep red, perhaps). However, there are no guarantees. These books are very expensive for us to carry in inventory. I’m not trying to pressure you, just being honest.
— Christopher Schwarz
We chose a pair of dividers as the symbol for Lost Art Press because they are one of the most useful woodworking tools. They are precise. They don’t require mathematics to use. And they simplify many layout operations.
When it came time to choose a new T-shirt slogan we immediately latched onto a suggestion from George R. Walker, the “Design Matters” columnist for Popular Woodworking Magazine. His suggestion: “Divided We Stand.”
We also took the suggestion from many customers that we offer our T-shirts in black and 100-percent cotton. Done. (The next T-shirts will also be made in the United States – we have found a good supplier.)
In addition to black, the $12 shirts are also available in a stonewashed blue. And we have them in sizes from medium to XXL (there’s a $2 upcharge for XXL).
Click here to check them out.
— Christopher Schwarz
We’re still sorting out a few international transactions today, but we
basically have only one copy left of our leather-bound edition of “The
Joiner and Cabinet Maker.” I’ve removed the item from our store so we
don’t accidentally sell that copy more than once.
If you are interested in buying the last copy, please contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call her at (317) 603-3605. As always, it’s first-come, first serve.
We might do a second run of these special books later in the year if
there’s enough interest. Drop me a line at email@example.com
and let me know.
For those of you who are awaiting your copy of the leather-bound book,
the shipment of books arrived in Brooklyn on Wednesday for Joel
Moskowitz to sign. He is signing them and dispatching them via priority
mail as soon as possible.
Thanks to everyone who ordered this book and the regular edition of “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker.”
— Christopher Schwarz
This is our first and only sale for 2009. Between now and Saturday, Dec. 5, we will offer free shipping on all items on the Lost Art Press web site.
This means free shipping on everything, from “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” to our new (and quite nice) hats. No hidden charges, minimum purchases or handling fees. Heck, you don’t even need a special coupon code or magic words.
Just go to LostArtPress.com and buy what you want. We’ve turned off the shipping charges for these seven days.
This is a good way to get a gift for a woodworker you know, or pick up a hat, T-shirt of one of the few remaining copies of “The Art of Joinery.”
Sorry we cannot give free shipping internationally. In many cases international shipping exceeds the price of the item — an impossible situation for us.