About Us, Contact & Returns


How to contact us
How to return a product
About Lost Art Press & FTC Part 255 Statement
Where to buy our books & our storefront
International shipping
About leather editions
About signed editions

1. How to contact us

We respond to all customer service inquiries – usually within 24 hours if possible.

If you have a question or problem with an order, contact us at help@lostartpress.com.

For general woodworking questions, please see the two blogs we maintain. Here is our Lost Art Press blog and Chris Schwarz's old blog at Popular Woodworking Magazine. There are more than 4,000 articles there, all searchable. Chris does not have a public e-mail address. More information here.

For questions about classes at our storefront, please send an email to covingtonmechanicals@gmail.com. The current list of classes can be found here.

 

2. How to return a product

If you wish to return an item, simply return it to us within 30 days of your order in the original or equivalent protective packaging. We will promptly refund your money and the cost of the ground shipping. Send all returns to:

Returns,

Lost Art Press/TF Fulfillment
4055 S. 500 E.
Whitestown, IN 46075

Note that all apparel is made to order and is not returnable unless defective.

Please return items in the original packaging if possible or in a sturdy cardboard box with padding to protect the contents.  Be sure to include your return address and a phone number so we can contact you in case there is a problem with your return. If you have questions about a return, send us an e-mail at help@lostartpress.com or call (317) 476-5511.

 

3. About Lost Art Press & FCC Part 255 Statement

Lost Art Press LLC was founded in 2007 by two enthusiastic woodworkers, John Hoffman and Christopher Schwarz, while attending a Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Open House in Warren, Maine.

The company started with a question: What happened to all the great woodworking books that used to be published? The books that changed the course of the craft and people’s lives. The books that explored our ever diminishing link to the handwork of previous centuries.

And so we founded Lost Art Press on these simple principles:

  1. To encourage high-quality books, we split all profits 50/50 on our books with the author. (This is an unheard-of royalty in corporate publishing.) This approach will also help support the work of independent woodworkers financially, as woodworking is a difficult profession to succeed in.
  2. All of our books are printed in the United States on the best materials we can obtain. We manufacture all of our books to last at least a century. That means using expensive sewn bindings, fiber tape and thick hardbacks (when possible). 
  3. We keep our books in print for as long as possible. Many publishers keep a book in print for 18 months and then sell it off to a discount bookseller to dispose of the rest of the inventory. This process, called remaindering, is one of the reasons most authors make a pittance from their books and discourages authors from publishing great, difficult material.
  4. We offer our authors equal footing on the details of their books. Unlike with corporate publishers, the title of the book, its design and manufacturing details are joint decisions between Lost Art Press and the writer.
  5. We do not have any employees. We have to keep our expenses as low as possible because we return half of all profits to the authors. So John and I have second jobs to make ends meet. Instead of hiring employees, we hire fellow independent designers, illustrators, editors and photographers to assist us with our books, and we pay them New York City rates (in other words, we pay well).
  6. We accept no sponsorships, affiliate money or free or discounted tools. Everything we write is 100 percent unsponsored. 
  7. We operate without debt and pay our suppliers promptly.
  8. We sell our books only through outlets we trust completely – family-run businesses such as ours. We do not sell through mass-market retailers or Amazon.
  9. We do not discount or put our books on sale. We think everyone should pay the same price when they buy our books – a fair price that allows us to stay in business and the author fed.

I’ve been asked many times about the founding of Lost Art Press and how we started financially. Did we take out a loan? Did our families give us money? Do we have trust funds? Are we supported financially by our spouses? The answer to all those questions is no.

John and I each put in $2,000 of our own money to pay for the first press run of our first book, “The Art of Joinery” and grew the business slowly from there. It’s a difficult way to run a business and requires a never-ending focus on expenses. But growing the business slowly ensured that it would be difficult to fail.

For the first six years of the business, John and I performed every operation in creating books and fulfilling orders. We (and our families) packed every box, answered every customer service problem and drove to the post office every day.

Today our books are fulfilled by a professional service in Indiana. John works from his home in Colorado. And I work out of my storefront workshop in Covington, Ky. We ship about 30,000 books a year, which makes us a tiny publisher in the grand scheme of things. But it’s enough to support us and our families, and we get to do work we are proud of. So it’s more than enough.

Your Personal Information & Data

We pride ourselves on being a company that you can trust. We will never sell or share your personal information with anyone else. Ever. We do not (and have never) accepted gifts, free tools, travel, affiliate money or any promotional consideration from anyone. When we recommend a tool – in our books or on our blog – we have paid full retail for it. Just like you.

If you wish to read about the endorsement guidelines for bloggers and social media participants, we recommend this common-sense guide here. The complete law for Title 16, Part 255, can be found here.

 

4. Where to buy our books & our storefront

In addition to our online store, we sell our books through a network of small family-run retailers that share our same passion for woodworking, customer service and making quality goods. We do not sell through mass-market retailers or websites. Note that not all of our retailers carry all of our titles.

In North America, you can purchase our books from these sources:

Lost Art Press online store
Lee Valley Tools
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
Tools for Working Wood
Highland Woodworking
• Best Made Company
Hand-Eye Supply, Portland, Ore.

 Outside of North America, you can buy our books through these sellers:

• United Kingdom: Classic Hand Tools: www.classichandtools.co.uk Phone: 00 44 (0) 1473 784 983
• Germany: Dictum GmbH, www.mehr-als-werkzeug.de
• Australia:
   Lie-Nielsen Australia www.lie-nielsen.com.au Email: anthony@lie-nielsen.com.au Phone: 08 8293 1499
   Carbatec Pty Ltd. www.carbatec.com.au  locations, Brisbane, Syndney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Launceston
• New Zealand: Carbatec Pty Ltd. www.carbatec.co.nz
• Sweden: Rubank Verktygs AB  www.hyvlar.se Phone:  +46-8-7247510

We also maintain a storefront in Covington, Ky., that is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. We're afraid we cannot accommodate visitors at other times of month. The address of the storefront is:

837 Willard St.
Covington, KY 41011

Please do not send returns to this address as there is no guarantee we will receive it. Returns need to go to our Indiana location. To read more about our storefront, click here.

 

 

5. International shipping

Please click here for information.

 

6. About leather-bound editions

In past years, we offered a limited number of our books bound in leather. If you wish to have one of our titles bound in leather, we recommend you contact Michael Fallon at Ohio Book Store in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Fallons provide outstanding work at a fraction of the cost of many other binderies. They work using 19th-century equipment and traditional methods. They have our highest recommendation.

Ohio Book Store
http://www.ohiobookstore.net/
726 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 621-5142

 

7. About signed editions

If you wish to have one of your Lost Art Press books signed, we encourage you to contact the author directly to arrange it.

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