Sep
29
2014

An apprentice again

Lately, I have been spending time working in my family’s other business. We own a food service that has been operated by my wife and son who are real foodies. (Read More…)

Sep
24
2014

Form and function

A.J.’s recent post about building a desk got me thinking again about design requirements. This is the big difference between functional objects and art. (Read More…)

Sep
17
2014

A twin planet

For many years, I have been baffled by our collective indifference to the fact that our planet is being thrashed. But I think I have figured it out. (Read More…)

Sep
09
2014

It’s all the same issue

I have beaten the climate change issue to death and I will say no more on the subject, except for this. (Read More…)

Sep
05
2014

A man and his tools

Using tools has been the basis of civilization itself. This relationship has traditionally been understood and respected by all, even those whose work does not require the use of tools. (Read More…)

Sep
03
2014

Climate change revisited

This is obviously a hotly contested issue. But before we get into “what does this have to do with woodworking?,” let me clarify my thoughts. (Read More…)

Aug
26
2014

Nightmare on Elma’s street

We have all had nightmare clients. It comes with the territory. It has to be handled with at least some level of grace and dignity or else the situation quickly degrades into something resembling a war. (Read More…)

Aug
15
2014

Looked promising

The other day, out shopping, I noticed a large display of LED light bulbs. How fortunate, since several fluorescent tubes in my shop have burned out. (Read More…)

Aug
12
2014

16 years later …

Sixteen years ago, I did a fairly large project for an attorney who was well off enough to pay me much more than I charged him for the work. But he was a guy who liked a deal and I needed the work. (Read More…)

Aug
06
2014

Don’t stick your head in the sand

“None of us care to hear your opinions on anything other than woodworking.” (Read More…)