Jim Tolpin

A conversation with Jim Tolpin. Since 1970 Jim has worked professionally in woodworking as a timber framer, boat finish carpenter, and custom cabinet maker. He’s also been a teacher and a writer, co-founding the Port Townsend School of Woodworking in 2007. Jim has written articles for most of the major woodworking magazines including Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding. He’s also written feature length articles for Coastal Living and Cottage Living magazines. Additionally, he’s written eighteen books that together have sold nearly a million copies. Jim’s latest book, Euclid’s Door, is due out this fall from Lost Art Press.

Roy Underhill

A conversation with Roy Underhill. Roy is best known as the host of the PBS series The Woodwright’s Shop and the many books that followed. While working in television he also served as Master HouseWright for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where he and his crew recreated the work of 18th century carpenters and joiners - much like playing early music on the original instruments. Roy now runs The Woodwright’s School in North Carolina, dedicated to historically-informed woodworking.

Joshua Klein

Joshua A. Klein is editor-in-chief of Mortise & Tenon Magazine. He has been selected for the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts from 2015-2020 for his authentic approach to period furniture making, and has presented about historic craftsmanship at museums around the United States. He has written articles for Popular Woodworking and American Period Furniture, and is … Continue reading Joshua Klein

Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish by Chris Dombrowski

Body of Water by Chris Dombrowski Like a glass smooth, cerulean flat stretching to the Caribbean sun, Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish by Chris Dombrowski is deceptively simple above the surface but complex, moving, and alive below. On its surface, Body of Water is a history of … Continue reading Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish by Chris Dombrowski

Chop Wood, Carry Water: How to Fall in Love With the Process of Becoming Great by Joshua Medcalf

Chop Wood, Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf Chop Wood, Carry Water: How to Fall in Love With the Process of Becoming Great by Joshua Medcalf is an odd little book with an important message. Why is the book odd? Because it set at a samurai school but uses Kobe Bryant and Diet Coke as illustrations, … Continue reading Chop Wood, Carry Water: How to Fall in Love With the Process of Becoming Great by Joshua Medcalf

The Difference Makers: 30 Contemporary Makers, 30 Remarkable Stories by Marc Adams

I’ve written before about my affinity for books produced by Lost Art Press. Almost without exception, the subject doesn’t matter to me. The books themselves are as much an example of craftsmanship as the content. Well written, well edited, bound in the US on excellent paper with rich photographs. If you love books like I … Continue reading The Difference Makers: 30 Contemporary Makers, 30 Remarkable Stories by Marc Adams