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Classes at the Storefront

We typically offer 8-12 classes per year at the Lost Art Press storefront, taught by Christopher Schwarz, Megan Fitzpatrick and our authors. We have only seven benches, so classes are – with rare exceptions – limited to six students.

Classes are announced on the Lost Art Press blog. We typically announce them in two batches: In September, we announce the classes occurring in the first half of the upcoming year, and in February, we announce the classes occurring in the second half of the year. (Occasionally, we'll add a class to the schedule – it will be announced on the blog, and with rare exception we will announce said class at least a few days before registration begins.)

We always post the list of classes and the class dates at least a few days before the classes actually go on sale, so that potential students can check their schedules and plan to register. In that announcement post, we make it clear when the classes will go on sale. Most often, we announce them on a Monday and the classes go on sale at 10 a.m. Eastern the following Monday.

Most classes sell out in nanoseconds – for which we are grateful; thank you. But it does mean that it's best to be ready to hit "register" the split second classes go live on the Covington Mechanicals Ticket Tailor page. If a class is sold out, we recommend registering for the waitlist (we end up filing a slot or two from the waitlists for almost every class).

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are classes?
Classes can be anywhere from one day to a full week, and are usually scheduled from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with a break for lunch. Sometimes, we need to go later to get things done by the end of class.

Do you provide lunch?
Lunch is usually on your own. There are many inexpensive options within walking distance of the shop, and we hand out a map and suggestions. (Occasionally an instructor might bring in lunch in order to save time./get everyone back to work more quickly.)

How much does a class cost?
Prices vary depending on the class and the instructor, but typically cost between $200-$280 per day for the class fee, plus a materials fee.

How much is the materials fee?
The materials fee varies greatly, and is dependent upon the species of wood, how much of it is needed and how much prep goes into making it ready for the class. It can be as little as $40 and (so far) as much as $500 (for a large tool chest).

How do I pay?
Payment of the class fee must be made at the time of registration, and goes directly to the instructor via the ticketing program (it is not through Lost Art Press). Any materials fee and due date will be sent by the instructor, and will be payable directly to her or him.

What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations will be accepted up until four weeks before the class for a full refund, minus any non-refundable PayPal fee (PayPal keeps changing the refund policy and time frame a full refund is available). If a cancellation occurs within four weeks prior to the class date, a refund will be issued only if the spot can be filled.

Do I have to bring my own tools?
We do have a few tools to share, but in general, it is best to bring your own – particularly those that will get used a lot in a given class.

Are your classes suitable for beginners?
It varies by class, but if experience is required, the class description will note that.

Do you offer gift certificates for classes?
We do not. Classes sell out too quickly to ensure that someone with a gift certificate would ever be able to use it. Plus, there are logistical challenges involved that we just haven't the bandwidth to handle.

Where are you located?
The Lost Art Press shop is at 837 Willard Place, Covington KY 41011.

Where should I stay if I come for a class?
We keep this "Where to Stay, Where to Eat, What to Do" blog post updated with our latest favorite restaurants and links to area hotels. But there are also a lot of good VRBO and Air BnB rentals within walking distance of the shop. Search "41011."

If I have a question not answered above, who can I ask?
Send a note to covingtonmechanicals@gmail.com. (Please do not send questions/comment about classes to the Lost Art Press help desk; classes are run by each instructor, and are independent of Lost Art Press.)