Category Archives: Books/Editing/Writing

On a Fox(ing) Hunt

Among the more time-consuming (and eye-straining) tasks in preparing Peter Nicholson’s “Mechanic’s Companion” for publication has been digitally removing the “foxing” from the 175-year-old pages. It’s a balance of taking out the staining while simultaneously rendering the text legible in … Continue reading

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In the Works: Nicholson’s ‘The Mechanic’s Companion’

In about three weeks, I’ll be sending to press the first Rude Mechanicals Press (RMP) book – a high-quality reprint of Peter Nicholson’s 1845 edition of “The Mechanic’s Companion.” As soon as it goes to the printer, I’ll be taking … Continue reading

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Changes (Good Ones) for Me

I enjoyed a delightful lunch yesterday (Otto’s – yum) with Christopher Schwarz and Kara Gebhart Uhl as we discussed changes at Lost Art Press (LAP), about which Chris posted yesterday on his blog. I’ve copy edited books for LAP for … Continue reading

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‘I, one Snug the Joiner…’

I get a fair number of questions about my Instagram and Twitter handle, “@1snugthejoiner,” but fewer about the name of this blog,* Rude Mechanicals Press. I think that’s in large part due to Christopher Schwarz using the Twitter handle “@rudemechanic,” … Continue reading

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I Speak Hayward…Though it’s Difficult

I’m so very close to completing the copy edit on the forthcoming Lost Art Press book, “The Woodworker: The Charles Hayward Years.” I then have to traipse over to Kentucky to update the files, then there’s another edit round from … Continue reading

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Like ‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,’ with Sheep

I often joke about chucking it all and moving to Montana to herd sheep. I don’t mean it of course; my little experience with said animals is wearing their fleece (I do like a good wool sweater) and eating their … Continue reading

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The EEBO Trap

I’m in the midst of digging through “Early English Books Online” (EEBO) to download research items for this pesky wee paper I have to write. I keep getting sidetracked – trapped, if you will – by woodworking things. Case in … Continue reading

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