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Grandpa's Workshop - Pommier

This 48-page book has been translated by Brian Anderson, an American-born writer and woodworker who lives and works in France. It is ostensibly a book for children, though the stories, lessons and drawing style will appeal to anyone who has an appreciation for the natural and the fantastical.

Pommier paints an unbroken line of craftsmen from a French family, and he traces the history of their lives and their work through their tools and the stories of them being handed from one worker to the other – against the backdrop of colonisation, the gold rush, World War I and the time when Dragomir the dragon wreaked havoc in the Black Forest.

The tale is told through the eyes of Sylvain, the youngest of the woodworkers in the family, as he spends his vacation in the shop of his grandfather, whom he calls Pe´pe`re. Sylvain wants to learn all about the hand tools in Pe´pe`re’s shop and the elves who hide amongst the shavings, benches and tool chests there.

As each tool’s story is told, Sylvain learns a little more about his family and its connection to woodworkers all over the world, and this eventually leads to him being haunted by a sad family secret that is told to him by the woodshop’s elves (in a dream).

“Grandpa’s Workshop” is a magnificent tale filled with hundreds of beautiful illustrations that you and your children will find intoxicating. It is a story that is untouched by the modern tendency to sugar coat stories for our children, and it is a little bit scary in parts – there is a vicious dragon, a tragic workplace accident, a war and even a family murder.

In the end, of course, “Grandpa’s Workshop” is a tale that will fascinate and perhaps spark something in the reader – perhaps a love for wood, the mysteries of the forest or even working with one’s hands. It is the perfect gift for a child who might just have woodworking in his or her blood.

The English translation of this 2007 book has been approved by Pommier, the author.

Lost Art Press have diligently contructed the English version of this book so it matches the experience of reading it in the original French. They have even printed the book in an oversized European size with a special thick paper stock to closely match the original’s print run.

Like all Lost Art Press books, “Grandpa’s Workshop” is printed in the United States. Its signatures are Smythe sewn and casebound for durability.

This book is part of a special run of 3,000 copies that is authorized by the French publisher. We are not sure if the French publisher will authorize a second printing so act now to avoid disappointment.

Read an excerpt from Grandpa's Workshop here


Price: 22.50

Grandpa's Workshop - Pommier


Grandpa's Workshop

Nick Offerman, GOOD CLEAN FUN
Ref: 27331

Nestled among the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown is a testament to American elbow grease and an honest-to-god hard day’s work: Offerman Woodshop.

Captained by hirsute woodworker, actor, comedian and writer Nick Offerman, the shop produces not only fine handcrafted furniture, but also fun stuff – kazoos, baseball bats, ukuleles and even moustache combs. Now, Nick and his ragtag crew of champions want to share their experiences of working at the Woodshop, tell you about their passion for the discipline of woodworking, and teach you how to make a handful of their most popular projects along the way. This book will take readers behind the scenes of the woodshop, both inspiring and teaching them to make their own projects and besotting them with the infectious spirit behind the shop and its complement of dusty wood-elves.

In these pages you will find a variety of projects for every skill level, with personal, accessible instructions by the OWS woodworkers themselves; and, what’s more, this tutelage will be augmented by mouth-watering colour photos (Nick calls it “wood porn”).

You will also find writings by Nick, offering recipes for both comestibles and mirth, humorous essays, odes to his own woodworking heroes, insights into the ethos of woodworking in modern America, and other assorted tomfoolery. 

Price: 19.99

Nick Offerman, GOOD CLEAN FUN