The Anarchist’s Tool Chest
Lost Art Press LLC
Fort Mitchell, KY
2011 Christopher Schwarz
978-0-578-08413-8 (hard cover)
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By Christopher Schwarz
When I am too exhausted, ill or busy to work in my shop, I will shuffle
down the stairs to my 15' x 25' workshop and simply stand there for a
few minutes with my hands on my tools.
To be sure, I thought I was a touch nuts because of this personality
quirk. But after reading the oral histories and diaries of craftsmen
from the last 300 years, I found it's actually a common trait among
artisans. I am drawn, married or perhaps addicted to the things that
allow me to coax wood into new shapes. At the same time, my relationship
with my tools is like a tumultuous combination of an Italian family
drama, a bigamist's decision about who to sleep with and a careful
This book, “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” paints a world where
woodworking tools are at the center of an ethical 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” will guide you in building a proper chest
for your toolkit that follows the ancient rules that have been forgotten
And it will make the argument that building a chest and filling it with
the right tools just might be the best thing you can do to save our
Like all books from Lost Art Press, “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” is
printed and bound in the United States on acid-free 60# paper. The 6” x
9” hardcover is Smythe sewn and covered in linen. This book is 480
pages. All copies sold by Lost Art Press are signed by the author.