Lost Art Press

  • by Lost Art Press
    For the first time ever, we have the ability to live stream stuff from our shop in Covington, Ky. It’s still pretty low-tech (it will be through a laptop camera) but it’s a start. To break in the new technology, we will hold a live “Question Time” session at 11 a.m. (Eastern) on Jan. 30….
  • by Lost Art Press
    We’ve wanted to bring the Crucible dividers back into production and (here is the crazy part) actually not lose money in the process. The original dividers took entirely way too much time to polish. There was a lot of waste. And they were fussy to assemble. With the help of mechanical designer Josh Cook (also…
  • by Lost Art Press
    On Feb. 1 we will discontinue all the “print on demand” products in our store. That includes all the T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. You can see our current selection here. We are not (repeat, not) discontinuing our bandanas, chore coat, vest or pullover work shirt. So if you want one of these print-on-demand products, place…
  • by Lost Art Press
    We have opened pre-publication ordering for “The Woodworker’s Pocket Book,” which is currently at the printer and is expected to ship in March. This important reference book is $13 and is built to withstand daily use in a hand-tool shop. This book has been a long-time coming, and I think you’ll be thrilled with the…
  • by fitz
    Excerpted from “The Essential Woodworker,” by Robert Wearing. In order fully to understand the workings of the metal plane it is a good idea, particularly for the beginner, to strip down the plane to its smallest component. If you have an old or secondhand plane this is a good opportunity to renovate it. Even if…
  • by Lost Art Press
    Our retailers have been asking about the tools and books we have planned for 2021. If I have to write this explanation up for them, I might as well let y’all have a look, too.  If a book or tool is not on this list, that means I don’t have a timetable for it. So…
  • by saucyindexer
    Back in 2016 while working on blog posts about the woodworkers depicted in misericords I encountered a devilish creature holding a scroll of paper. At the time I thought he was just one of the many little demons carved on misericords. Recently, I found his name and realized he has followed me from when I…
  • by fitz
    I’m not 100-percent sure, but I think Jim sat in on George’s class, “Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design,” which covered how furniture is based on a lot of the same proportions as classical architecture (which is turn based on nature – but I don’t recall if he brought that up in the class, or…
  • by Lost Art Press
    I don’t do many fake finishes. I prefer to let a piece age naturally rather than beat it, burn it, and make it write bad checks. But some pieces look wrong with a perfect coat of paint or shellac. The following finish is not designed to fool anyone. It is designed to nudge a vernacular…
  • by fitz
    Excerpted from Peter Galbert’s “Chairmaker’s Notebook.” There are many options for the box that traps the steam and holds the parts to be bent. Schedule 80 PVC pipe works fine, but I think it’s expensive overkill. I’ve seen schedule 40 pipe melt when hooked up to a powerful steamer. I prefer a CDX plywood box…