This week I am in the “Land of Tolpin” – Port Townsend, Wash., which is where Jim Tolpin lives and works as a woodworker, instructor and writer.
Port Townsend is an odd little corner of the world in many ways, and it is unusual in that many of the woodworkers here are familiar with the concepts that Tolpin and George Walker introduce in “By Hand & Eye.”
The students here are adept with dividers and really do talk in terms of ratios instead of measurements. Yesterday when I was laying out the slope of a bevel on a tool chest, I was asked: what ratio is that? Not: What angle is that?
Now other woodworkers are discovering the ideas in the book and are starting to write about them on the Internet.
Blogger Bob Jones of The Christian Tool Cabinet blog called “By Hand & Eye” “The most original woodworking book in the last decade.” Read the full review here.
J. Norman Reid of Wood News Online says the book is a “unique combination of theory and practice that is destined to become a classic reference for woodworking design.”
When we released “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree,” it was our most expensive book – and it was also the most expensive book for us to make. We heard from a fair number of readers that they were interested in the title, but that the price was too high.
To help encourage those people to experience this fantastic book, we are now offering free domestic shipping on “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” – effective immediately and in perpetuity. If you have been on the fence about this title, we hope you’ll take a look. To purchase it click here
We have received 25 leather bound versions of By Hand & Eye and they look great. They were bound by the Ohio Book Store in Cincinnati and just made it to the LAP warehouse. The price is $195 (yes binding in leather is expensive) which includes shipping. They will be sold on a first come basis.
In an effort to bring this book to a wider audience we are having woodworkers come show their favorite techniques from the book. This video shows Tim’s favorite which was the mortise block. To quote Tim “that has really helped me chop a slot.”
In between cutting dovetails and teaching 10 students to cut dovetails for a tool chest, Megan Fitzpatrick and I are making the final changes to the proof of the trade edition of “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry.”
The book goes to the printer on Friday so it will be ready for Woodworking in America in October.
Thanks to some competitive pricing from our printer, we are happy to announce that the trade edition will cost $40 plus shipping instead of $60.
The book will be printed in the United States using all the same details that are typical to our books – cloth-covered boards, Smythe-sewn spine and so forth. The book will measure 8-1/2” x 11” and be 264 pages long.
We will have an introductory offer – free domestic shipping – on the book that will be announced here in the next week or so when we put the book up in the Lost Art Press store.
International customers will be able to buy the book through our network of international retailers.
I would like to write more, but we still have more than 100 pages to check.