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:


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

Founded in 2007, Lost Art Press is a small Midwestern publishing company that seeks to help the modern woodworker learn traditional hand-tool skills. Since World War II, traditional and effective hand skills have disappeared from the home, professional and school woodshops in North America.

Those quickly disappearing hand skills have been replaced by a reliance on machine work, even when it is less effective, slower or sloppier. The founders of Lost Art Press – Christopher Schwarz and John Hoffman – are trying to restore the balance between hand and machine work by unearthing the so-called "lost arts" of hand skills and explaining how they can be integrated with the machinery in the modern shop to help produce furniture that is crisp, well-proportioned, stout and quickly made.

Christopher Schwarz is the former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, where he worked between 1996 and 2011. Chris lives in Northern Kentucky. John Hoffman is an enthusiastic home woodworker and lives outside Indianapolis.

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 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
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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