Lost Art Press Party

We made a trip up to Covington, Ky. on March 12 for Chris Schwarz’s book release party.  His latest book, The Anarchist’s Design Book, was introduced and Chris was on hand to sign and just hang out.  His shop just opened up and it is beautiful.  Throughout the storefront I was able to see and touch many of the items I’ve followed him making online.  Among these are the Dutch tool chest, anarchist’s tool chest, Roubo workbench, staked table and chairs, and more.  It was well worth the drive and great to finally meet one of my greatest woodworking influences.  Enjoy the photos.

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Beautifully redone woodwork complete with an array of LAP books.

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The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

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Inside the ATC

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Staked Table

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That is it for now.  I will get more photos up in the coming days.  I feel like a better woodworker just having been there…

Mascot Update

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Yona, the Lincoln Knobs mascot

Yona is now nearing 7 months old and weighs nearly 50 pounds.  She loves being outdoors, off leash, hiking with or herding up her “masters”.  I think she enjoys being outside in the woods almost as much as we do and absolutely loves the water. 

Multi-tasking Pioneer

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Multi-purpose stool at Fort Harrod

We visited Old Fort Harrod in Harrodsburg, Ky. again and really spent some time studying the items on display there.  I am particularly interested in this style furniture made entirely by hand-powered tools.  One of the things I have noticed is many times the craftsman years ago fashioned furniture that could be used for more than one thing.  I believe this is because the process was time consuming and the majority of their time needed to be invested elsewhere; farming, foraging, hunting, etc.

One example of such work is this stool.  This piece could be used for an array of things including seating, chopping, and a table.  Fairly simple to make the homesteader could fashion this functional piece rather quickly with limited resources then move on to other activities maybe more important to survival.  Later in the day we ran across a similar piece tucked up next to a desk, functioning as a desk chair.  History is fascinating and historical woodworking even more so.  I hope you are inspired to pay further attention to the lessons we can learn from simple items such as this.  

Chester Railway Station

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Like most woodworkers I have an affinity for tools.  It doesn’t matter if the tools are used for woodworking or blacksmithing or railroad building, I like tools.  It’s the relation of man and work; it is how things get done.  It is the connection of the calloused hand, tool, and project.  It is how this country was built and how this country carries on.  Making things with tools is the essence of work and so tools hold a special spot in my craftsman heart.

In addition to tools, I love history and visiting historical places.  One of the places I have recently visited is the Chester Railway Station in Chester, Massachusetts.  Inside this station is a museum of railway artifacts, photographs, and tools.  The building itself is beautifully restored and maintained and the small museum is well kept.  Historically, the Chester Station was a significant port for railway travel.  Today, the small town boasts with typical charm and friendly residents.  If you are in the area I highly recommend stopping in for a pleasant visit.

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Display case of vintage tools.  I think my favorite of the group are the large dividers.  The blacksmithing tong isn’t bad either.  

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As a former draftsman, a nice square and compass like this get the fires burning.

Shake…but not your arms

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If you have followed us at Lincoln Knobs Woodworking for very long you know we are huge fans of Shaker furniture.  We absolutely love the simple, clean lines and functionality of their design.  They are especially famous for their chairs, and for good reason.  The chair, probably more than any other piece of furniture, is the most used and over the history of man there have been many designs.  The chair pictured above is displayed at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill here in Kentucky and exhibits the perfect combination of form and function. 

A couple features somewhat unique to this particular design are the arms and height of the chair.  Usually when we think of shaker chairs they are more vertically oriented as far as design, having a taller straight back.  We also typically envision a chair without arms.  The Shakers designed/built their chairs in such a manner to keep their hands “working” either for work itself or for God, not for resting on chair arms.  What might be some reasons this chair is 1. Shorter and 2. Has arms? 

Mortise & Tenon Mag

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After months of waiting “Mortise & Tenon” magazine has finally arrived at my doorstep.  The packaging alone was stellar; so intriguingly beautiful in fact that I have yet to open it…a day later.  I want to take the time to enjoy the entire package Mr. Klein has put together.  I want to savor it, piece by piece, not rushing into it and missing some aspect of the craftsmanship.  I want to enjoy every crook and cranny of this work of art.  When I do, in fact, decide to open it I will post an honest review.  

If you would like possess your own, which I highly recommend, visit this page to order:

Mortise and Tenon Magazine