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The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years Vol. III - Joinery

The latest book in the series "The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years." This book covers all types of woodwork joints, including how to design them, cut them and fix them when things go awry. The first two volumes in this series, Vol. I: Tools and Vol. II: Techniques, can be ordered here.

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of the book “Woodwork Joints” by Charles H. Hayward (1898-1998), which was first published in 1950 then reprinted many times and in several different editions of varying quality.

The compact 168-page book is beautifully illustrated by Hayward and contains the kind of spare prose that made him the best woodworking author of the 20th century. Like a good woodworking joint, Hayward’s text contains nothing superfluous and lacks nothing important to the task at hand.

So when Lost Art Press began planning this third volume of “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years,” they used the 1954 edition of “Woodwork Joints” – a 5-1/2” x 8-1/5” folio printed by Evans Bros. Limited – as their guiding light.

Every illustration from “Woodwork Joints” had appeared in The Woodworker magazine, where Hayward was editor from 1939 to 1967. So as Lost Art Press read every magazine issue from those years for this book, they marked and scanned every magazine article on joinery to make sure they captured everything that could have ended up in “Woodwork Joints.” They almost succeeded.

The good news is that their efforts have produced a book that covers nearly all of Hayward’s writing on joinery during the 28 years he was editor at The Woodworker. And because of the nature of the magazine format, they were actually able to plumb much deeper into the details of cutting and fitting joints to include things that never made it into “Woodwork Joints.”

For example, Hayward wrote 20 pages on dovetails in “Woodwork Joints.” This book has 90 pages on dovetails, and the pages are much bigger (8-1/2” x 11”) than the 1954 edition. As a result, you’ll find far more information on the secret mitre dovetail, stopped dovetailed housings, decorative dovetails and the double-lap dovetail. Plus details on how to correct faults in your joints, how to avoid crushing the end grain when chopping out and even a novel way to cut both the tails and pins simultaneously.

In addition to Hayward’s take on joinery, this volume also contains the perspective of other British writers of the day that Hayward published in The Woodworker, including J. Maynard, Robert Wearing, K.J.S. Walker and C.A. Hewett.

So where do Lost Art Press think they have failed? Despite their best efforts to find them, this volume does not contain a couple short sections from “Woodwork Joints,” including hand-cut joints specifically for plywood and the use of metal fishplates with scarf joints.

Those faults aside, they think this volume is an admirable companion – if not a replacement – of “Woodwork Joints.” Lost Art Press hope this book becomes as ratty and thumbed-through as almost every copy of “Woodwork Joints” they have ever seen. That would be the best tribute ever to Hayward as his work continues to inspire the next generation of woodworkers.

Like all Lost Art Press books, “The Woodworker: The Charles Hayward Years” is produced and printed entirely in the United States. At 288 pages, it is printed on smooth acid-free #60 paper and joined with a tough binding that is sewn, affixed with fiber tape and then glued. The pages are covered in dense hardbound covers that are wrapped with cotton cloth. 

Price: 34.95

The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years Vol. III - Joinery


The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years Vol. III - Joinery - With European Shipping

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Price: 46.95

The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years Vol. III - Joinery - With European Shipping


Stanley Catalogue No. 34
Ref: LAP-SC34

More than 100 years ago, Stanley Tools printed handsome catalogues that illustrated the company's woodworking and carpentry tools with detailed illustrations and descriptions of how the tools worked.

Though few of these catalogues survive, they are an invaluable source of information for hand-tool users, offering exploded parts lists of complex tools - such as the No. 45 plane - and advice on how the tools should best be used.

The catalogues are also a helpful way to identify tools you might find at auctions etc. (Do do you need a clapboard gauge, a wantage rod or a board stick?)

For a long time, Lost Art Press have sought to publish a crisp and classy catalogue from the heyday of Stanley Tools’ production of woodworking tools. So they collected a bunch of catalogues and finally settled on one printed in 1914 - one of their favourite eras of Stanley’s output.

This catalogue contains all the planes, hand drills, measuring tools, chisels and hundreds more that are critical to a workshop, but without a lot of the oddball stuff that came later.

It is printed at exactly the same size as the original (5½" x 7½") on hard and smooth paper that mimics the original. It is wrapped in a heavy softbound cover that is printed in dark blue ink. The only significant change Lost Art Press made to their version was to sew the signatures for durability. Like all Lost Art Press books, this is produced entirely in the United States.

Price: 22.50

Stanley Catalogue No. 34


Stanley Catalogue No. 34 - With European Shipping
Ref: LAP-SC34-EU

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Price: 29.50

Stanley Catalogue No. 34 - With European Shipping


Woodworking in Estonia

By Ants Viires; translation by Mart Aru

For details about this book, please click on the book cover to the right.


Price: 26.95

Woodworking in Estonia


Woodworking in Estonia - With European Shipping

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Price: 38.95

Woodworking in Estonia - With European Shipping


The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years

There is little doubt that Charles H. Hayward (1898-1998) was the most important workshop writer and editor of the 20th century. Unlike any person before (and perhaps after) him, Hayward was a trained cabinetmaker and extraordinary illustrator, not to mention an excellent designer, writer, editor and photographer.

Add to all that the fact that Hayward was, according to Robert Wearing, a "workaholic," and you have a good picture as to why we spent almost eight years labouring to bring this book to life to honour his work.

As editor of The Woodworker magazine from 1939 to 1967, Hayward oversaw the transformation of the craft from one that was almost entirely hand-tool based to a time where machines were common, inexpensive and had displaced the handplanes, chisels and backsaws of Hayward’s training and youth.

This massive project – offered in two volumes totalling 888 pages in all – seeks to reprint a small part of the information Hayward published in The Woodworker during his time as editor in chief. This is information that hasn’t been seen or read in decades. No matter where you are in the craft, from a complete novice to a professional, you will find information here you cannot get anywhere else.

During the last eight years, we have culled, organised, scanned, edited and re-edited these articles to create these two hardbound volumes. This is not simply a quick reprint of old magazines. We have reset all of the type. We have scanned and cleaned every image (there are more than 2,000 drawings and photos). The entire project took many hundred hours and a dozen people all over the country.

The first volume is on tools and the second is on techniques. The volumes are organized as follows:

Volume I: Tools
Setting Out Tools & Chisels
Boring Tools
Veneering & Inlay

Volume II: Techniques
General Techniques
Miscellaneous Tools & Techniques

Like all Lost Art Press books, "The Woodworker: The Charles Hayward Years" is produced and printed entirely in the United States. It is printed on smooth acid-free #60 paper and joined with a tough binding that is sewn, affixed with fiber tape and then glued. The pages are covered in dense hardbound covers that are wrapped with cotton cloth.

The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years


Tools, Volume I 35.95
Techniques, Volume II 35.95
Set of Both Tools & Techniques 66.50

Christopher Schwarz, The Anarchist's Design Book

Most of the American furniture we celebrate as the pinnacle of design is overbearing, over-embellished and a monument to waste and excess.

It also represents the furniture of people you probably dislike.

These high styles of furniture took hold in North America in the 18th century and persist to this day as both cult objects for collectors and as rites of passage for artisans. These are precious pieces that are auctioned, collected, reproduced and written about in exhaustive detail.

Or, to put it a slightly different way, the people who could afford this furniture also owned mega-farms, factories and (sometimes) entire towns. This is not a knock on their wealth. But it is a simple way of asking a question that rarely gets asked among amateur makers: Why would you want to imitate the taste of your boss's boss's boss?

"The Anarchist's Design Book" is an exploration of furniture forms that have persisted outside of the high styles that dominate every museum exhibit, scholarly text and woodworking magazine of the last 200 years.

There are historic furniture forms out there that have been around for almost 1,000 years that don't get written about much. They are simple to make. They have clean lines. And they can be shockingly modern.

This book explores 11 of these forms - a bed, dining tables, chairs, chests, desks, shelving - and offers a deep exploration into the two construction techniques used to make these pieces that have been forgotten, neglected or rejected.

You can build an entire houseful of furniture using these two methods - what we call "staked" and "boarded" furniture. They are shockingly simple for the beginner. They don't require a lot of tools. And they produce objects that have endured centuries of hard use.

But this isn't really a book of plans. "The Anarchist's Design Book" shows you the overarching patterns behind these 11 pieces. It gives you the road map for designing your own pieces. (Which is what we did before we had plans.)

"The Anarchist's Design Book" is 456 pages that are sewn for long-term durability. The book is 8" x 10", casebound and sheathed in thick hardback boards that are covered in cotton cloth. We've also painted the edges of all the pages with a black paint to protect them from moisture and damage - a detail common on early books.

Like all Lost Art Press books, "The Anarchist's Design Book" is produced and printed entirely in the United States.

Unfortunately this item is not currently available. Please call us on 01473 784 983 or email to be added to our waiting list. 

Price: 39.85

Christopher Schwarz, The Anarchist's Design Book

Geo. R Walker & Jim Tolpin, BY HOUND & EYE

“By Hound & Eye: A Plain & Easy Guide to Designing Furniture with no Further Trouble” is an illustrated cartoon journey through the world of pre-industrial design geometry. It stars Journeyman and his pizza-loving dog, Snidely, as they untangle the world of points, segments, arcs and the three-dimensional world using nothing more than a compass, straightedge and pencil.

After each new idea is introduced, you are shown how to perform the exercise yourself right in the workbook.

You can perform all the exercises in an afternoon. And even if you have been steeped in geometry for years, we are certain you will experience several eye-opening moments while performing the exercises. This book connects geometry to furniture design in a way that no other book has. And the exercises ensure the lessons will make it from the page and into your fingers. Reading about it is one thing. Doing it is another (like woodworking).

Also fun: George and Jim have given their work the look and feel of a middle-school workbook, complete with slightly corny jokes.

The 192-page workbook is softcover with a sewn and glued binding for durability. Like all our products, "By Hound & Eye" is printed in the United States.

The workbook is hand illustrated and hand lettered by Andrea Love. It is written as a companion to the hardbound book "By Hand & Eye" by Walker and Tolpin. The two books are meant to complement one another. "By Hand & Eye" focuses more on the history behind the geometrical systems and offers projects using the simple ratios explored in the book. The workbook "By Hound & Eye" is concerned mostly with the practical exercises needed to open your inner eye and offers exercises not found in the hardbound book.

Price: 24.95

Geo. R Walker & Jim Tolpin, BY HOUND & EYE


Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley
Ref: LAP-V

By Donald C. Williams; Photographs by Narayan Nayar

In a space of just 10" x 39" x 19-1/2", H.O. Studley managed to arrange - with perfection - more than 250 of his tools into a dovetailed mahogany cabinet that has captivated tens of thousands of woodworkers since it was first unveiled in 1988 on the back cover of Fine Woodworking with a single shocking photograph.

After a brief stay at the Smithsonian, the cabinet was sold to a private collector and hasn't been seen by the public for well over a decade. Studley's workbench has never been on public view.

For the last four years, Donald Williams and a team of supporting characters has been researching, documenting and photographing both the cabinet and Studley's equally amazing workbench to create "Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley."

This book is the first in-depth examination of one of the most beautiful woodworking tool chests ever constructed and presents the first-ever biography of Studley (1838-1925), a piano and organ builder in Quincy, Mass. In this book, Williams uses original research to answer the questions that flash through the minds of everyone who views the cabinet:

How did he build it?

How does it work?

And why would anyone construct such a monument to his tools?

In this book you will find measurements, details and photographs of all the tools in the cabinet. Every swinging frame, hinged panel and nook of this three-dimensional, multi-layered sculpture has been analyzed so you can understand how it folds in on itself like a giant piece of mahogany origami.

You will meet the man himself, H.O. Studley, and get a glimpse into the trade of high-end organ and piano makers in 19th- and 20th-century New England.

But most of all, you will see the cabinet in a way that only a handful of privileged people ever have. And you will realize that the magazine photograph that electrified the woodworking world in 1988 only scratches the surface of the cabinet's complete magnificence.

"Virtuoso" is produced and printed in the United States. The interior paper is an #80 coated matte paper. The signatures are sewn, affixed with a cloth tape and glued to the cover boards to create a strong hinge. The cloth-covered boards are wrapped in a #100 supermatte dust jacket. 216 pages. 

Price: 47.50

Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley


Peter Galbert: Chairmaker's Notebook

Some words about Chairmakers Notebook from Chris Schwarz of Lost Art Press....

Whether you are an aspiring professional chairmaker, an experienced green woodworker or a home woodworker curious about the craft, "Chairmaker's Notebook" is an in-depth guide to building your first Windsor chair or an even-better 30th one. Using more than 500 hand-drawn illustrations, Peter Galbert walks you through the entire process, from selecting wood at the log yard, to the chairs' robust joinery, to applying a hand-burnished finish.

And if you've never thought about building a chair, this book might convince you to try. Building a chair will open your eyes to ways of working wood that you might miss if you stay in the rectilinear world of boxes.

Once you understand chairmaking, then odd and compound angles become child's play. You will know how wood works in a deeper way (and how to exploit it). And you will gain access to an arsenal of open-ended tools, such as the drawknife, that will fundamentally change the way you work – plus expand the shapes and surfaces you can produce.

At 406 pages, "Chairmaker's Notebook" is an in-depth look at the craft from the hand of a professional chairmaker, teacher and artist. During the last 15 years, Galbert has developed process, tools and ways of understanding joinery that have simplified the way people build chairs using hand tools. He has traveled the world to teach his techniques to other chairmakers. And he spent more than three years drawing out every step of the process for the illustrations in "Chairmaker's Notebook."

The result is a book on chairmaking that starts with understanding a single stick you would find on a walk in the woods and takes you into advanced areas of the chair craft that no other book has ventured.

Like all Lost Art Press book, "Chairmaker's Notebook" is produced entirely in the United States. The text is printed on heavy #80 matte paper, its signatures are sewn together and then bound in cloth tape to last several lifetimes. The book is hardbound, covered in cloth and a heavy full-color dust jacket.

Classic Hand Tools are pleased to offer this new book from Lost Art Press which has been 3 years in the making - we are sure it will be a fine addition to the Lost Art Press stable of books.

Unfortunately this book is out of stock. New delivery expected late January. Please call us on 01473 784 983 or email to be added to our waiting list. 

Price: 44.50

Peter Galbert: Chairmaker's Notebook

Full-size Plans from 'Chairmaker's Notebook'

For those woodworkers who prefer full-size plans, we now offer plans for the two chairs featured in Peter Galbert's book "Chairmaker's Notebook".

The plans feature handmade full-size drawings of the following components of the fan-back and balloon-back chairs:
  1. Full-size turning patterns of legs, stretchers and posts - both bobbin and baluster forms.
  2. Full-size drawings of the seat shapes that feature all mortise locations, sightlines and resultant angles.
  3. The fan-back crest shape and the bending form required to make it.
  4. The profiles of on the back of the balloon-back chair and the bending form required to make it.

All the drawings are fully dimensioned with easy-to-read call-outs. The plans for both chairs come printed on a single 36" x 48" sheet on white, #20 paper typically used for engineering prints. The plans are folded to a 9" x 12" size and ship in a rigid cardboard mailer.

Price includes VAT 

Price: 22.00 (Including VAT at 20%)

Full-size Plans from 'Chairmaker's Notebook'


Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!

Roy Underhill of PBS’s “The Woodwright’s Shop” has written what could be the world’s first­ever woodworking novel: “Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!” It’s a screwball comedy set in 1937 about a woodworker who heads the U.S. government’s agricultural “Broadcast Research” division.

Along with his staff of four women (all severely injured WWI volunteers), Calvin studies “broadcast seed, nutrient and amendment distribution technology and practice” – that is, what happens when the poop actually hits the

But the four women are more interested in developing the world’s first supercomputer (using abandoned punch­card machines), and Calvin is more interested in woodworking…and in one particular woman: Kathryn Dale Harper, host of the radio program “Homemaker Chats.”

How best to woo her? Why, a radio show: “Grandpa Sam’s Woodshop of the Air!”

It’s an almost­overnight sensation (for measured drawings, write to “Grandpa Sam’s” and be sure to include a 3 cent stamp to cover the cost of duplication). But – as Calvin discovers – success breeds jealousy… a dangerous thing when one’s enemy has friends in high places.

Can Calvin and his friends save the world through woodworking, one listener at a time? Perhaps – but first, they’ll have to save themselves from Nazis, the clutches of the FBI, bureaucracy and wooden legs that break at inopportune times.

Like all Lost Art Press books, “Calvin Cobb” is produced entirely in the United States. The hardbound book is casebound with sewn signatures. It is wrapped in a beautiful full­color dust jacket designed by Canadian artist Jode Thompson.


Price: 26.50

Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!


Andre Roubo, L'art du menuisier: The Book of Plates
Ref: LAP-BofP

“The Book of Plates” contains every plate from the 18th century woodworking masterpiece “l’Art du Menuisier” printed in full size, on heavy paper and at a remarkable resolution. The plates cover the woodworking trades of furniture­making, architectural woodwork, carriage­building, woodworking for the garden and marquetry.

In addition to the 382 plates, our new volume also contains a complete 10­page translated guide to the plates, plus two essays on the importance of the plates to the modern woodworker.

Like all Lost Art Press books, “The Book of Plates” is printed in the United States to the highest standards. The interior is #100 Mohawk Superfine.

The binding is casebound, the signatures are sewn and the entire thing is wrapped in heavy hardbound boards and cloth.

Format: 10” x 14” (approximately 2” thick), interior: #100 Mohawk Superfine paper, hardcover, casebound, Smyth sewn

Pages: 472


Price: 98.50

Andre Roubo, L'art du menuisier: The Book of Plates


The Naked Woodworker - Mike Siemsen

“The Naked Woodworker” DVD seeks to answer the simple question: How do you get started in woodworking when you have nothing? No tools. No bench. No skills. And no knowledge of where to begin.

Veteran woodworker and teacher Mike Siemsen helps you take your first steps into the craft without spending a lot of money or spending years setting up shop. In fact, Mike shows you how to acquire a decent set of tools and build a workbench and sawbench for about $600 or $700 – something you can accomplish during a few weekends of work.

“The Naked Woodworker” begins at a Mid-West Tool Collectors Association’s regional meeting with Mike sifting through, evaluating, haggling and buying the tools needed to begin building furniture. Then, at Mike’s Minnesota shop, he fixes up the tools he bought. He rehabs the planes, sharpens the saws and fixes up the braces – all on camera.

On the second DVD in the set, Mike builds a sawbench and a fully functional workbench using home-center materials. Both the sawbench and workbench are amazingly clever. You don’t need a single machine or power tool to make them. And they work incredibly well.

The bench is based on Peter Nicholson’s early 19th-century design. It is remarkably solid and is perfect for a life of woodworking with hand or power tools.

Total runtime is 174 minutes.

P.S. There is no nudity in “The Naked Woodworker.” Thank goodness.

Price incl VAT 

Price: 27.00 (Including VAT at 20%)

The Naked Woodworker - Mike Siemsen


Christopher Schwarz, CAMPAIGN FURNITURE

For almost 200 years, simple and sturdy pieces of campaign furniture were used by people all over the globe, and yet this remarkable furniture style is now almost unknown to most woodworkers and furniture designers.

The latest book from Lost Art Press seeks to restore this style to its proper place by introducing woodworkers to the simple lines, robust joinery and ingenious hardware that characterize campaign pieces. “Campaign Furniture” by Christopher Schwarz uses more than 400 photos and drawings to explain the foundations of the style, and it provides plans for nine piece of classic campaign furniture, from the classic stackable chests of drawers to folding Roorkee chairs and collapsible bookcases.

In addition to all that, “Campaign Furniture” contains the first English-language translation of A.J.-Roubo’s 18th-century text on campaign pieces, plus drawings of dozens of pieces of British campaign furniture culled from original copies of the Army & Navy stores catalogs.

Like all Lost Art Press books, “Campaign Furniture” is produced entirely in the United States. 

Price: 36.00

Christopher Schwarz, CAMPAIGN FURNITURE


Lost Art Press - Divide & Conquer Polo shirt
Ref: LAP-shirt

Divide & Conquer Polo Shirts available in one colour grey and the following sizes;

X Large

Lost Art Press - Divide & Conquer Polo shirt


Divide & Conquer Polo shirt - Medium 40" 24.00
Divide & Conquer Polo shirt - X Large 46" 24.00

Doormaking and Window-making

As the Industrial Revolution mechanized the jobs of the joiner – building doors and windows by hand – one anonymous joiner watched the traditional skills disappear and decided to do something about it.

That joiner wrote two short illustrated booklets that explained how to build doors and windows by hand. And what was most unusual about the booklets is that they focused on the basics of construction, from layout to joinery to construction – for both doors and windows.

Plenty of books exist on building windows and doors, but most of them assume you have had a seven-year apprenticeship and don’t need to know the basic skills of the house joiner. Or the doors and windows these books describe are impossibly complex or ornamental.

“Doormaking and Window-Making” starts you off at the beginning, with simple tools and simple assemblies; then it moves you step-by-step into the more complex doors and windows.

Every step in the layout and construction process is shown with handmade line drawings and clear text. The booklets are written from a voice of authority – someone who has clearly done this for a long time.

During the last 100 years, most of these booklets disappeared. Booklets don’t survive as well as books. And so we were thrilled when we were approached by joiner Richard Arnold in England, who presented us with a copy of each booklet to scan and reproduce for a book.

We have scanned both booklets, cleaned up the illustrations and have combined them into a 176-page book titled “Doormaking and Window-Making.” In addition to the complete text and illustrations from these booklets, we have also included an essay from Arnold on how these rare bits of workshop history came into his hands.

“Doormaking and Window-Making” is a hardbound book measuring 4-1/2” wide x 7-1/4” high. It is casebound, Smythe sewn and features acid-free paper. Like all Lost Art Press books, “Doormaking and Window-Making” is printed and bound entirely in the United States.

Lost Art Press are proud to be publishing this almost-lost bit of workshop practice. We hope it will inform and inspire you to make your own doors and windows for your shop and home. 

Price: 17.50

Doormaking and Window-making


Ref: LAP-AofJ

“The Art of Joinery” was the first book Lost Art Press published in 2008, and it has been out of print and unavailable for several years now. During the last 12 months, Lost Art Press have worked diligently on the revised edition.

Info from Lost Art Pres on what it contains:

1. The lightly edited text of Joseph Moxon’s landmark work on joinery – the first English-language text on the topic. We took Moxon’s 17th-century verbiage and removed the long “s” characters, broke up his run-on sentences and added a few words here and there (in brackets) to help the modern reader digest the text more easily.

2. I have added modern commentary on every one of Moxon’s sections on tools and techniques. I amplified the text with photos that demonstrate many of the processes that Moxon discusses, such as processing stock by hand and cutting mortise-and-tenon joints. And I have explained the historical context behind many of Moxon’s explanations, sometimes supporting his conclusions; sometimes taking issue with them. In this revised edition, I have expanded some of my commentary and revised some assessments based on new information.

3. Each section is published with the relevant illustrations embedded in the text. In the 17th-century edition, the plates were separate from the text. We have put them together to make it easier for you to read.

4. We have also published the original plates in their entirety so you can see how the tools were arranged on the page.

5. We have included the complete and unedited original text from the 17th century. This text includes all the antiquated characters, inconsistent spellings, free-form italics and capital letters and run-on sentences. We have painstakingly reset the entire text in a 17th-century-style typeface called “Fell.”

6. And we have added an appendix of select plates from André Félibien’s “Des principes de l’architecture, de la sculpture, de la peinture…“ (1676), which pre-dated Moxon’s work and is probably the source of many of Moxon’s drawings.

“The Art of Joinery, Revised Edition” is 168 pages and – like all Lost Art Press publications – printed and bound in the United States. The book is hardbound and covered with a dark-blue cloth. The interior of the book is notched and casebound for durability. The book will have natural-colored endsheets and the book’s pages will feature a rough exterior edge, like early books.

Price: 25.00



Donald C. Williams, Michele Pietryka-Pagán & Philippe Lafargue, TO MAKE AS PERFECTLY AS POSSIBLE: ROUBO ON MARQUETRY

“To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” is the first English-language translation of the most important woodworking book of the 18th century.

A team of translators, writers, woodworkers, editors and artists worked more than six years to bring this first volume of A.-J. Roubo’s work to an English audience. (Future volumes of Roubo’s other works on woodworking are forthcoming.)

While the title of this work implies that it is about marquetry alone, that is not the case. “To Make as Perfectly as Possible” covers a wide range of topics of interest to woodworkers who are interested in hand-tool woodworking or history.

In addition to veneer and marquetry, this volume contains sections on grinding, sharpening, staining, finishing, wood selection, a German workbench, clock-case construction, engraving and casting brasses.

But most of all, “To Make as Perfectly as Possible” provides a window into the woodworking world of the 18th century, a world that is both strangely familiar and foreign.

Roubo laments the decline of the craft in the 18th century. He decries the secrecy many masters employed to protect craft knowledge. He bemoans the cheapening of both goods and the taste of customers.

And he speaks to the reader as a woodworker who is talking to a fellow woodworker. Unlike many chroniclers of his time, Roubo was a journeyman joiner (later a master) who interviewed his fellow tradesmen to produce this stunning work. He engraved many of the plates himself. And he produced this work after many years of study.

The Lost Art Press edition of “To Make as Perfectly as Possible” is printed to high standards rarely seen in the market today. Printed and bound in the United States, the 264-page book is printed on acid-free #60-pound paper in black and white. The pages are Smythe sewn so the book will be durable. And the cover is made from heavy 120-point boards covered in cotton cloth. The book is 8-1/2” x 12”.

In addition to the translated text, essays on the text from author Donald C. Williams and all of the beautiful plates, “To Make as Perfectly as Possible” includes an introduction by W. Patrick Edwards of the American School of French Marquetry, an appendix on the life of Roubo and a complete index.


More info on the content of this book here

Price: 44.00

Donald C. Williams, Michele Pietryka-Pagn & Philippe Lafargue, TO MAKE AS PERFECTLY AS POSSIBLE: ROUBO ON MARQUETRY


Geo. R Walker & Jim Tolpin, BY HAND & EYE

"By Hand & Eye" is a deep dive into the world of history, architecture and design.
Instead of serving up a list of formulas with magical names (i.e. the Golden Section, the Rule of Thirds) that will transform the mundane into perfection, George R. Walker and Jim Tolpin show how much of the world is governed by simple proportions, noting how ratios such as 1:2; 3:5 and 4:5 were ubiquitous in the designs of pre-industrial artisans. And the tool that helps us explore this world, then as now, are a pair of dividers.

The key to good design is to master these basic "notes" - much like learning to sing "do, re, mi." How to do this is the subject of the first three-quarters of the book. It offers exercises, examples and encouragement in opening your inner eye, propping it up with toothpicks and learning the simple geometry that will help you improve your design.

The last quarter of "By Hand & Eye" takes these principles and puts them into practice by designing nine projects that are decidedly contemporary – proof positive that design isn't reserved for highboys and 18th-century Philadelphia side chairs. The projects show all of the book's design principles in full flower, and yet the projects are small enough and simple enough (for the most part) that you can use them as a way to explore the book's concepts without risking a lot of wood or time in the process.

"By Hand & Eye" is not, however, a recipe book for better design. The principles of good design are learned through exercise and repetition, and the authors offer the critical exercises in every chapter. Reading about good design is not enough to be able to master it. You have to practice it until it becomes second nature and your hand and your eye work together as one.

"By Hand & Eye" is 200 pages long with full-color illustrations printed on heavy coated paper. The book is casebound and Smythe sewn so it lasts a long time. The hardback boards are covered in cotton cloth with a black matte stamp.

Like all Lost Art Press books, "By Hand & Eye" is produced and printed entirely in the United States.

Price: 36.00

Geo. R Walker & Jim Tolpin, BY HAND & EYE


Christian Becksvoort - WITH THE GRAIN

A little knowledge about trees goes a long way toward improving your woodworking.

You don’t need a degree in dendrology to build a desk. But you do need intimate knowledge of how our raw material grows and – more importantly – how it responds to its environment after it has been cut and dried.

This knowledge allows you to tame the wood into the shapes that you have envisioned in your head. And it ensures that your furniture will endure the seasons and age with grace and aplomb.

The latest book from Lost Art Press: “With the Grain: A Craftsman’s Guide to Understanding Wood” by Christian Becksvoort is the book about wood that Lost Art Press wished they had when they started woodworking.

It is, above all, succinct, easy to understand and perfectly suited for the furniture-maker. As important as what is in its 144 pages is what is not. It’s not a detailed analysis of cell growth. It is not a heap of tables and equations for figuring truss loads in residential construction. It is decidedly not a scientist’s approach to the material.

Instead, “With the Grain” contains the facts you need to know at the timber store and in the workshop. It gives you enough science so you understand how trees grow. It explains the handful of formulas you have to know as a furniture-maker. And it gives you a hearty dose of specific information about North American species that will inspire you.

You’ll learn to identify the trees around you from their silhouette, leaves and shoots. And you’ll learn about how these species work in the workshop – both their advantages and pitfalls.

Becksvoort then takes you into a detailed discussion of how wood reacts to it environment – the heart of the book. You’ll learn how to calculate and accommodate wood movement with confidence and precision. And you’ll learn how to design furniture assemblies – casework, drawers, doors and moulding – so they will move with the seasons without cracking.

There’s also a chapter on how to manage a small forest or copse of trees – how to care for them, encourage them to thrive and harvest them. You’ll learn the basics of cutting, stacking and drying the wood, if you should ever have the privilege of harvesting your own timber.

The book is hardbound with a green cotton cover. 

Price: 28.50

Christian Becksvoort - WITH THE GRAIN


A Craftsman's Guide to Understanding Wood - Christian Becksvoort

Learn to predict seasonal movement in your stock so that you can build furniture that allows the wood to move without damaging your work. In this DVD, Christian Becksvoort explains the anatomy and structure of wood, the interplay of wood and water, and how to predict wood movement.

Chris then draws upon his 50 years of woodworking experience to offer specific techniques for designing and constructing furniture that will survive seasonal changes: how to allow tabletops to move, how to put a case together, and other day to day tips and hints that you can use in your furniture making.

This DVD is an ideal companion to Chris' book, .

85 minutes, DVD. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Productions, 2013.

Price incl VAT 

Price: 23.75 (Including VAT at 20%)

A Craftsman's Guide to Understanding Wood - Christian Becksvoort


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

Matthew Sheldon Bickford - MOULDINGS IN PRACTICE

Words from Chris Schwarz of Lost Art Press

After years of publishing woodworking information, you often hear that there is nothing new in the craft. Everything has been done before, written before and fully figured out.

I used to believe that was true, until I read the manuscript that was to become “Mouldings in Practice” by Matthew Sheldon Bickford. This books explains how to make mouldings in a simple way that I have never ever encountered – either in print or from an instructor.

The book turns a set of complicated mouldings into a series of predictable rabbets and chamfers that guide your hollow and round planes to make anything – anything – that has been made in the past or that you can imagine for your future projects.

During the last several months, we had many proofreaders edit this book and the universal reaction was much like this:

“Well crap. Now I want to buy some of these stupid planes.”

During the past 14 months, Matt and I have been working to make “Mouldings in Practice” into a book that is accessible for even the beginning hand-tool woodworker. It uses more than 200 color illustrations and dozens of photos to explain how to lay out, prepare for and cut any moulding you can draw.

The first half of the book is focused on how to make the tools function, including the tools that help the hollow and round planes – such as the plow and the rabbet. Matt also covers snipes bills and side rounds so you know their role in making mouldings. Once you understand how rabbets and chamfers guide the rounds and chamfers, Matt shows you how to execute the mouldings for eight very sweet Connecticut River Valley period projects using photos and step-by-step illustrations and instruction.

The book has a full index by Suzanne Ellison (the saucy indexer for “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest”), plus appendices on fixing up old moulding planes, building a sticking board and how to capture moulding profiles in the wild.

This book is, by far, the most complex thing we have published here at Lost Art Press, thanks to the hundreds of illustrations, photographs and geometry involved. Like all our books, “Mouldings in Practice” has been produced entirely in the United States. It has color illustrations with black-and-white photos, and it is printed on #60 white uncoated and acid-free paper. The pages are Smythe sewn to last a long time. And the book is hardbound and covered with cotton. Old school.

Classic Hand Tools also have perfect copies of E.J. Warne’s hard to find book “Furniture Mouldings.” . The book is a collection of full-scale mouldings from historic furniture pieces. It is the perfect companion to “Mouldings in Practice.” (See below)

Price: 37.45

Matthew Sheldon Bickford - MOULDINGS IN PRACTICE



Robert Wearing's hand-tool masterwork. This book contains every skill you need to get into hand-tool woodworking. And it is explained with a minimum of fuss, using accepted traditional practice and with the assistance of more than 500 beautiful hand-drawn illustrations.

“The Essential Woodworker” is one of the best books on hand-tool usage written in the post-Charles Hayward era. Wearing was classically trained in England as a woodworker and embraced both power and hand tools in his shop and in his teaching.

He begins with a table. As you read the chapter on building a table, Wearing connects the dots for the hand-tool user by showing how all the tools are used in concert to produce accurate work. It’s not just about sawing a tenon or planing an edge. Instead, it is about how to gather these skills and apply them to building furniture – tables, doors, carcases, dovetailed drawers, plinths etc.

The book is filled with more than 500 hand-drawn illustrations by Wearing that explain every operation in a hand-tool shop. His illustrations are properly drafted, drawn in perspective and masterfully clear.

"The Essential Woodworker" is printed in a 6" x 9" format, hardbound with a cloth cover, and produced entirely in the United States.  

Price: 26.50



Joiner & Cabinet Maker
Ref: BK-JACM01

"The Joiner and Cabinet Maker" has more than 370 pages of detailed handtool instruction, including many processes that have not been covered before in the early woodworking literature. In 1839. In that year, an English publisher issued a small book on woodworking that has – until now – escaped detection by scholars, historians and woodworkers.

Titled "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker," this short book was written by an anonymous tradesman and tells the fictional tale of Thomas, a lad of 13 or 14 who is apprenticed to a rural shop that builds everything from built-ins to more elaborate veneered casework. The book was written to guide young people who might be considering a life in the joinery or cabinetmaking trades, and every page is filled with surprises.

Unlike other woodworking books of the time, "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker" focuses on how apprentices can obtain the basic skills needed to work in a hand-tool shop. It begins with Thomas tending the fire to keep the hide glue warm, and it details how he learns stock preparation, many forms of joinery and casework construction. It ends with Thomas building a veneered mahogany chest of drawers that is French polished. However, this is not a book for children. It is a book for anyone exploring hand-tool woodworking.

Thanks to this book, we can stop guessing at how some operations were performed by hand and read first-hand how joints were cut and casework was assembled in one rural England shop.

Even more delightful is that Thomas builds three projects during the course of his journey in the book, and there is enough detail in the text and illustrations to re-create these three projects just as they were built in 1839.

Here's what you'll find in our expanded edition of this book:

• A historical snapshot of early 19th-century England. What England was like at the time this book was written, including the state of the labour force and woodworking technology. This dip into the historical record will expand your enjoyment of Thomas's tale.

• The complete text of "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker," unabridged and unaltered. We present every word of the 1839 original (plus a chapter on so-called "modern tools" added in a later edition), with footnotes from Moskowitz that will help you understand the significance of the story.

• Chapters on the construction of the three projects from "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker." Schwarz built all three projects – a Packing Box, a dovetailed Schoolbox and a Chest of Drawers – using hand tools. The construction chapters in this new edition of "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker" show the operations in the book, explain details on construction and discuss the hand-tool methods that have arisen since this book was originally published.

"The Joiner and Cabinet Maker" is hardbound, printed on quality paper and made entirely in the United States. 

Price: 29.95

Joiner & Cabinet Maker



This book paints a world where woodworking tools are at the centre of a life filled with creating furniture that will last for generations. It makes the case that you can build almost anything with a kit of less than 50 high quality tools and it shows you how to select real working tools, regardless of their vintage or brand name. The Anarchist's Tool Chest guides you through building a proper chest for your toolkit that follows ancient rules long forgotten or ignored. It makes the argument that building the chest and filling it with the right tools just might be the best thing you can do to save our craft.

We are now shipping the red 5-year anniversary edition of this book. The interior is the same; only the cover cloth is different. After we are sold out of the red edition, we'll return to black. 

Price: 39.50




When it comes to exploring the shadowy history of how 17th-century furniture was built, few people have been as dogged and persistent as Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee.

For more than two decades, this unlikely pair – an attorney in Baltimore and a joiner at Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts – have pieced together how this early furniture was constructed using a handful of written sources, the tool marks on surviving examples and endless experimentation in their workshops.

The result of their labour is the new Lost Art Press book “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th-century Joinery.” This book starts in the woodlot, wedging open a piece of green oak, and it ends in the shop with mixing your own paint using pigment and linseed oil. It’s an almost-breathtaking journey because it covers aspects of the craft that most modern woodworkers would never consider. And yet Alexander and Follansbee cover every detail of construction with such clarity that even beginning woodworkers will have the confidence to build a joint stool, an iconic piece of furniture from the 17th century.

Joint stools are a fascinating piece of British and early American furniture. Made from riven – not sawn – oak, their legs are typically turned and angled. The aprons and stretchers are joined to the legs using drawbored mortise-and-tenon joints, no glue. And the seat is pegged to the frame below. Because of these characteristics, the stools are an excellent introduction to the following skills.

• Selecting the right tools: Many of the tools of the 17th century are similar to modern hand tools – you just need fewer of them. “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” introduces you to the very basic kit you need to begin.

• Processing green oak: Split an oak using simple tools, rive the bolts into usable stock and dry it to a workable moisture content.

• Joinery and mouldings: Learn to cut mortises and tenons by hand, including the tricks to ensure a tight fit at the shoulder of the joint. Make mouldings using shop-made scratch stocks – no moulding planes required.

• Turning: Though some joint stools were decorated with simple chamfers and chisel-cut details, many were turned. Learn the handful of tools and moves you need to turn period-appropriate details.

• Drawboring: Joint stools are surprisingly durable articles of furniture. Why? The drawbored mortise-and-tenon joint. This mechanical joint is rarely used in contemporary furniture. Alexander and Follansbee lift the veil on this technique and demonstrate the steps to ensure your joint stool will last 400 years or so.

• Finishing: Many joint stools were finished originally with paint. You can make your own using pigments and linseed oil. The right finish adds a translucent glow that no gallon of latex can ever provide.

“Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” is also the long-awaited follow-up to Alexander’s 1978 book “Make a Chair from a Tree,” which has been out of print for many years. “Make a Chair from a Tree” inspired generations of woodworkers to pick up hand tools and the skills required to use them. That book was one of the essential sparks that ignited the resurgence of handwork we are experiencing today.

This new book – Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” – is sure to inspire many more and give woodworkers a fuller understanding of how furniture can and should be made with hand tools.

“Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” is printed in the United States on acid-free paper with a sewn binding. This 128-page book is in full colour, with more than 200 photos and a dozen illustrations. “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” is in an oversized 9” x 12” format, covered in dark blue cloth and has a full-colour dust jacket. 

Price: 36.00




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