The Anarchists Tool Chest
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The Anarchists Tool Chest

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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...more
Hardcover, 475 pages
Published by Lost Art Press

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Ted Power
As of right now I'm still in the middle of this book.
The idea that working with wood, and making things for yourself is anarchy is probably not a popular idea (mostly that word) but going against the grain and doing for yourself, well yeah it may be anarchy.

So much information about tools i didn't know i needed to know, until i realized i didn't know it.

But it`s not just a tool porn book. Its about getting the most out of a simple set of tools and not getting caught up in the hype of buying ever...more
Clay Silsby
This book is about real, honest to goodness woodworking and much more. Chris Schwartz's philosophy about his craft and much more comes through clearly as you learn about tools and building a chest to store them. The prose is clean and clear with a healthy dose of wit thrown in for good measure. This is a wonderful read, even if you don't share the authors views about materialism and our consumer society. You may find yourself thinking about what you believe and how you live. Those anarchists hav...more
Kyle Vernier
This book is about far more than how to build a tool chest and fill it with quality tools. It presents a philosophy for living a more rewarding life. It urges the reader to appreciate craft, to eschew novelty, and to seek authenticity in their work and life. The philosophy is not overt, Schwarz is not political. One could easily read this book and only take from it a list of essential tools and instructions for building a chest to house them. A deeper reading will reveal a list of tools for livi...more
Really good read. The title will raise some eyebrows, but it's just a nod to the ideas of doing for yourself around the process of building and making things while leaving behind the mass produced, big company, garbage out there.

Great list of tools and information and it makes me want to build the toolchest in there, but I don't have the floor space. I'll have to work on the wall cabinet instead.
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