Modified ‘Bake House’ Table for a Boot Tray

I have a small flower garden in front of my house, and after years of being annoyed by having to sit down on my porch to don an old pair of running shoes for weeding (and checking them for spiders first, because they lived on the porch), I finally broke down and bought myself som … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Wood for Your First Stick Chair

Choosing the wood for your first stick chair can feel paralyzing. You might think that the wrong species will doom the chair. Or the boards’ grain orientation will make things split. Or that you need wood that is green or air-dried. I know you won’t believe this, but Rule No. 1 w … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Joint Stool Decoration: Turnings, Chamfers & Lamb’s Tongues

The following is excerpted from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree,” by Peter Follansbee and Jennie Alexander. When it comes to exploring the shadowy history of how 17th-century furniture was built, few people are as dogged and persistent as Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee. Fo … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Now Shipping: ‘American Peasant’ (the PDF is Free)

My latest book, “American Peasant,” is now shipping from our Covington warehouse. The price is $37 plus shipping. All copies purchased from us are autographed. If you can’t afford the book, or aren’t sure it’s for you, the pdf of the complete book is free. You can download it by … | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Painting & Finishing Slöjd

The following is excerpted from “Slöjd in Wood,” by Jögge Sundqvist. The book begins with teaching you how to make a butter knife – a useful object that requires just a knife, boiling water and paint to make it – that will begin to unlock the world of slöjd for you. You will then … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

News: ‘American Peasant’ Release, FWW Cover & The Stick Chair Journal

Sometimes we have so much stuff going on at Lost Art Press that I need to condense it all into one brief blog entry. Here we go. ‘American Peasant’ Released Early My latest book, “American Peasant,” shipped from the printer 10 days early and will arrive in our Covington warehouse … | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Price Increases (Some Significant) on July 7

We have finally worked out all of the price increases that will take effect on Sunday, July 7. This blog entry is our final reminder. The price increases will also take effect with our retailers in the U.S. and elsewhere. The price increases for books are the result of increased … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Chopping a Chair Seat

Chris Williams – who worked with John Brown for years and wrote a biography about him – is teaching a Welsh stick chair class in our shop this week. Yesterday, the students saddled their seats. Chris convinced at least a few of them to try his preferred method for rough stock rem … | Continue reading | 16 days ago

‘All Good Things’

The following is excerpted from “Backwoods Chairmakers,” by Andrew D. Glenn. Part travelogue, part profile and part how-to, “Backwoods Chairmakers” explores the tradition of the enduring Appalachian ladderback form. Glenn takes you inside the shops of more than 20 makers, with ph … | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Behind the Class-prep Curtain

Christopher Williams, author of “Good Work: The Chairmaking Life of John Brown,” arrived in town on Thursday night to get ready for his Welsh Stick Chair class here next week – so we though we’d give you a look behind the scenes at just some what goes into getting ready for a cla … | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Chairmaker’s Toolbox Applications Open

Applications are now open for this year’s full-scholarship class here at Lost Art Press. Six spots are available for six aspiring chairmakers to build a comb-back stick chair in beautiful Covington, Kentucky. The class will be held Sept. 16-20, 2024. If you aren’t familiar, The C … | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Dutch Tool Chest Class & Woodworking Bazaar

There are still a few spots left in my Dutch Tool Chest class, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in London, England. In the class, you’ll learn some fundamental hand-tool woodworking skills (planing, sawing and chisel use, as you cut dados, rabbets, dovetails, thumbnail mouldings, chamfers and more … | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Heads up: Price Increases on July 7

Like every company, Lost Art Press has been buffeted by the increased costs of raw materials during the last three years. We have tried to keep our prices steady, but it’s just not possible anymore. On July 7, we will increase retail prices on the following books and tools. The p … | Continue reading | 21 days ago

‘The Value of Nothing: A Play in Four Acts’

The following is excerpted from Nancy R. Hiller’s “Making Things Work: Tales from A Cabinetmaker’s Life.” Standing in contrast to James Krenov’s “The Impractical Cabinetmaker” from 1979, Hiller’s “Making Things Work” is not about waiting for a particular plank of wood to tell you … | Continue reading | 24 days ago

New Chair Class & New Dates for ‘Open Wire’

Some quick administrative stuff. To try to meet demand for classes on building a stick chair, I’ve scheduled a class in building a Welsh-style comb-back chair at our Covington storefront for Nov. 18-22. Registration for the class will open at noon (Eastern) on June 24. You can re … | Continue reading | 25 days ago

A Video Look at the Chairmakers Gathering

We kicked off the Chairmakers’ Gathering with a welcome, then a few words from Patrick Cecil, a ladderback chairmaker from Cannon County, Tennessee. Patrick shared the rhythm of his work week, from cutting parts to loading 20-30 chairs onto a truck on Fridays – then doing it agai … | Continue reading | 26 days ago

LAP Open Wire June 15, 2024

Chris is out of town this weekend, but Wally and I are here and ready to answer your woodworking and cat-treat-related questions. But unlike Chris, I will not start responding at the buttocks-crack of dawn – I like to sleep in a bit on Saturdays. And every day. (And Wally sleeps … | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Sale Ends Saturday (Plus a Price increase)

Our final (I hope) inventory sell-off ends at midnight on Saturday. We have seven titles for sale, from 38 percent off to 54 percent off. My most recent book, “The Stick Chair Book,” is one of those books and is just $29 until Saturday. The sale has cleared out the space we need … | Continue reading | 29 days ago

My Only Use for an Iron – Dent Removal

Most of my students last week at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking are much stronger than am I. They cranked those K-bodies down … probably more than need be to close the baselines of their Anarchist’s Tool Chest dovetails. And because we used shims over the tailboards (so … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

‘The Transformative Week’

The following is excerpted from “The Intelligent Hand,” by David Binnington Savage. It’s a peek into a woodworking life that’s at a level that most of us can barely imagine. The customers are wealthy and eccentric. The designs have to leap off the page. And the craftsmanship has … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Meet the Author: Matt Cianci

Matt Cianci’s mom was reading a book in her living room, having just put Matt down for a nap upstairs, when she saw his 4-year-old body fly past the living room window and crash into the ground. She screamed, jumped up and threw open the door. Matt was in the bushes, a blanket ti … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

LAP Open Wire, June 8, 2024

Today’s Open Wire is hosted by our friend John Cashman, a historian long-time woodworker (mostly hand tools) who lives in eastern Massachusetts. He’ll no doubt be assisted by Inigo and Fezzig; all misspellings are theirs. If anyone has questions on Shaker boxes, now is your chanc … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The End of the First Edition of ‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest’

When we released “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” (almost 13 years ago to this day), the goal was to create a book that looked like an odd old text that you might find on a library shelf in the basement. We chose a vintage tan cover cloth, binding process and diestamp that all fed in … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Spots Open in My Tool Chest Class in Munich

Learn to build a Dutch Tool Chest from an American in the beautiful city of Munich – in July. I still have a couple spots open in my tool chest class on July 14-16 at the Dictum store in Munich, Germany. If you are looking for a quick and fun vacation, this could be it.... | Continue reading | 1 month ago

John Cashman is Open Wire Host Saturday 6.8.24

I’m teaching a class this week and will be spending Saturday in recovery (aka hanging out on the couch with my two cats), and Chris is teaching a Peasant Coffer class on Saturday and Sunday. So, we’ve asked our friend John Cashman – whom you might better know through Instagram as … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

‘A Pre-Kerouac Hippie’

The following is excerpted from “James Krenov: Leave Fingerprints,” by Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney. After years of research and more than 150 interviews, Gaffney produced a definitive biography of Krenov, featuring historical documents, press clippings and hundreds of historical ph … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

For Sale: Hobbit Chair in Mahogany With Stretchers

This chair is a close cousin to the chair offered here a couple weeks ago. Same great wood and same finish. The only difference is this chair has a stout H-stretcher, making it suitable for all sitters. I am selling this chair for $2,600, and that price includes the crating and s … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Free for June: All 3 of our Substacks

In addition to this Lost Art Press blog (long live the blog!), we also write three other blogs hosted by Substack. These blogs go deep into woodworking topics we are passionate about. They’re not for everyone. But they might be for you. For the entire month of June we’ve removed … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

LAP Open Wire, June 1, 2024

In between rearranging the shop (again) and finally organizing his chair plans in a new (vintage) lateral file, Christopher will be on hand until around 5 p.m. today to answer all your woodworking questions. And I’ll be on hand, too, until around 2 p.m., and am finally happy to a … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Now Shipping: Saw Sharpening Book & Roman Workbench Video

After a long dry spell (five months), we finally have two new products in our store that we have been working on for a long time (nine years on the saw sharpening book!). “Set & File: A Practical Guide to Saw Sharpening” by Matt Cianci is in our warehouse and shipping. It is $32. … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Video: The Shellac Industry & How It’s Made

Business Insider recently released a video on India’s shellac industry with amazing footage of how it’s made. You can watch it here. While we think of shellac as a finish, it’s also used to coat candy and pills, preserve fruit, make bangles and more. Learn how the Kerria lacca in … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Harvesting Hickory Bark

The following is excerpted from the third edition of “Make a Chair from a Tree,” by Jennie Alexander (though for this chapter in particular we are indebted to Peter Follansbee – he’s shown doing the work here!). This third edition of Alexander’s “MACFAT” is the culmination of a l … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Recommended: the Nakashima ‘Process Book’

It’s a bit difficult to put a label on this book. It’s not really a catalog of the pieces produced by Nakashima Woodworkers, but it is filled with drawings and images of the pieces the company makes. It’s also a short history of the workshop, a close explanation of how they work … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

‘Furniture Doors: Their Variety & Construction’

The following is excerpted from Vol. IV of “The Woodworker, The Charles H. Hayward Years,” which covers the shop & furniture. As a general classification some six general types of doors have been evolved over the years, though the variations on each are almost unlimited. Only a f … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

LAP Open Wire, May 25, 2024

Chris is already hard at work (shocking, I know) on a second LOTR-inspired chair, and I’m belaboring every word in my Dutch tool chest book manuscript. But we’re also here to answer your burning hand-tool woodworking questions. Or cat questions. Or late 19th- early 20th-century R … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Special Open Days in Early June

Because of the Backwoods Chairmakers event in Berea, Ky., on June 2, we have decided to open our storefront doors here in Covington, Ky., on June 1 and June 3. This will allow travelers who are coming from out of town to stop by on their way to or from the event. These days we... | Continue reading | 1 month ago

For Sale: Hobbit-y Stick Chair in Mahogany

This chair is based off a couple chairs I built a few years ago, which were based off the chairs I built for my two kids, which were based off a chair that Bilbo Baggins briefly sits in during “The Fellowship of the Ring.” I haven’t watched the movie in ages, but I remember the.. … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The American Peasant Heads to Print

We just sent the “American Peasant” book to press, but it’s a lot like landing in a foreign country (yay!) and having to wait behind 1,000 people at the immigration window (ugh). Normally, our books come out about five or six weeks after we send them to press. But these are not n … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Sticking Board

The following is excerpted from Matthew Bickford’s “Mouldings in Practice.” In this book, Bickford shows you how to turn a set of complicated mouldings into a series of predictable rabbets and chamfers that guide your hollow and round planes to make any moulding that has been mad … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

LAP Open Wire: May 18, 2024

I think the last time these saw vises got used was during Matt Cianci’s last saw sharpening class in our shop. In 2019. We unearthed them from our respective basements for Matt’s class going on today and tomorrow – and we will have our ear plugs at the ready. (It is not a quiet c … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Dutch Tool Chest Book Update/Last Call

I hope no on has a heart attack upon reading this…but I will be turning in the completed manuscript for the long-promised Dutch Tool Chest book by the end of this month. This year. In two weeks. Why is it so late? I am definitely the problem. I’m not great anymore at working 18 h … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Nancy Hiller Memorial Lecture, May 24

Join via Zoom (if you can’t make it to Bloomington in person) at 6 p.m. Eastern on May 24, for the 2024 Rosemary Miller Lecture, this year celebrating the life and work of Nancy Hiller (1959-2022). Duncan Campbell will speak about Nancy and her deep commitment to historic preserv … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Update on the Blog & Substack

The last year has been chaotic here at Lost Art Press as we doubled in size, bought a warehouse, fixed it up and launched new ways of teaching people the craft. This blog entry is a brief update on… everything. But especially the “teaching people the craft” part. First let me say … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Final (I Hope) Sale to Free Up Floor Space

We’re having one last sale to get our inventory under control. We have put seven books on sale from now until June 14 – some of them deeply discounted. You can see all the titles on sale here. We don’t like to put things on sale, so why do this? Last year we bought a... | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Types of Cabinet Backs

The following is excerpted from Vol. IV of “The Woodworker, The Charles H. Hayward Years, The Shop & Furniture.” This fourth book in our “Woodworker” series covers three different topics: 1) The Workshop, including the design and construction of workbenches, tool chests and wall … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

For Sale: Comb-back Stick Chair in Elm & Ash

I just completed this large comb-back chair in ash and elm and am selling it via a silent auction (details below). The chair is set up for dining and keyboarding, with its back tilted at 13° and the seat tilted at 2°. This chair is probably the tallest comb-back I’ve made in year … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Open Wire: May 11, 2024

This may or may not work. For the last month, our blog has been sinking into madness. Subscribers weren’t receiving emails, our RSS feed was jacked up and this week we started receiving fatal errors whenever we tried to post. We have lots of technical help, and I hope in the comi … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

2 new Chair Classes are Live in 10…9…8

If you, too, would like to get bunny ears from Chris while making a chair in our shop, log in to our ticketing site at noon (Eastern) today. Signups go live for: Build an Irish Armchair with Christopher Schwarz (Aug. 12-16) and Build a Welsh-style Comb-back Chair with Christopher … | Continue reading | 2 months ago