Lost Art Press

  • by fitz
    If you’ve a hankering to get back in the woodworking classroom – and in as safe a manner as possible – there are a couple openings in two upcoming three-day classes at the Pine Croft School of Woodworking (located in the sylvan setting of Kelly Mehler’s former school in Berea, Ky.). Aspen Golann is teaching…
  • by nrhiller
    To everyone who contributed to the fundraiser Megan Fitzpatrick organized on my behalf last winter, sent kind comments, notes of support or handmade gifts, shared garden bounty, good wishes and prayers: Thank you. After several months I thought it time to express my gratitude with an update. I still have Stage IV pancreatic cancer, per…
  • by Lost Art Press
    I am teaching one class in 2022 – a comb-back stick chair class at the Florida School of Woodwork in Tampa, Fla. The class runs Feb. 14-18, 2022. You can sign up and read the details here. All my proceeds from the class are being donated to the scholarship program for the school to fund…
  • by Lost Art Press
    I think that writing a good song or designing a nice chair is a skill you can learn.  The problem is that learning to write or design is not like memorizing the capitals of the 50 states. For me, that sort of rote learning is like gathering up a good collection of bottle caps and…
  • by fitz
    The following in excerpted from Christopher Schwarz’s “Campaign Furniture.” After the book was published (2014), a number of people suggested alternatives to the tri-bolt shown below, including a version from Mike Siemsen, an inexpensive store-bought one from Tandy Leather (available in three finishes), and a fancy-lad (or fancy-lass) store-bought solution from Lee Valley Tools. I…
  • by Lost Art Press
    One of the bright parts of this year has been working with Aspen Golann and The Chairmaker’s Toolbox to lend a hand to budding toolmakers who are underrepresented in our craft (female, NBG and BIPOC).  My role was tiny: I consulted with Eleanor Rose on developing a fantastic chair devil and a reproduction of the…
  • by elia219
    Most modern Windsor chairmakers, myself included, can make a side chair in about 30 hours. Two hundred years ago, chairmakers worked at five times that speed. Their shops were smaller than ours, their tools were simpler, they had fewer jigs and no electricity. How did they do it? I spent the last month traveling to…