Road kill

For the better part of my life, I have unconsciously been looking for wood. Everywhere I go, I’m always looking, checking out trees for burls or trying to spot that potential chunk of tree lying by the side of the road.

Be careful

In a reply to my recent post about employees, it was suggested that new hires be treated as independent contractors for a period of time until they have proven their worth.

Who has the buck?

Harry Truman knew it. The guy in charge is responsible. It matters little if it’s an international corporation or a small woodworking shop or a truck out on the road. When something goes awry or fails, the guy in charge has to shoulder the responsibility.

I’m not making any promises

We all face the same dilemma when hiring employees. The question of how much they are worth to us is always on the table.

The incredible shrinking stick

There has been a flurry of discussion lately about the actual sizes of wood and wood products, started by an article about a lawsuit in which a customer is suing a major vendor because their 2x4s were not actually 2” x 4”.

Keeping it under wraps

Much of what we do in the shop every day falls in to the category of common knowledge. We cut and join and assemble and finish. Most of the techniques we use in doing these things are no secret. The how is available to anyone who is interesting in finding it.

Bigger not always better

I have always maintained that an economy based on growth is, ultimately, unsustainable. Growth means a constant need for more of everything. It’s simply not possible to keep growing indefinitely.

Keeping track

One of the most difficult aspects of running a business is keeping track of everything.

The one-week rule

I’ve always been a “tosser” but I married a “keeper” (in more ways than one). My wife is a person who likes to hold on to things against a possible future need. I am the opposite. If I need it now, I keep it. If not, I want it gone.

Trading up

I ran into an old friend the other day who said he was downsizing and asked me if I had any use for a 20” band saw.