Aug
26
2015

Whaddya think?

We, as makers, tend to have a lot of pride in our work. Many of us work more for our own satisfaction than for pleasing others. And yet, pleasing others is paramount to our success. (Read More…)

Aug
18
2015

Three trips

A.J.’s post about having to go get stuff made me smile. I have always maintained that no project can ever be completed with fewer than three trips to the hardware store or the wood yard. (Read More…)

Aug
14
2015

I surrender!

Most shops are dependent on software to keep the books, design, create proposals, and send/receive communications. But managing that software is different now. (Read More…)

Aug
12
2015

Workarounds

I was listening to a bit on the radio the other day about how big business is dealing with mandated employee requirements. Things like increased wages, health insurance, paid time off for various reasons, etc. (Read More…)

Jul
31
2015

Don’t skimp

Insurance is like the cops. No one wants them around until the moment they need them. (Read More…)

Jul
28
2015

The minimum wage

I have always had mixed feelings about the minimum wage law. The intent is good and any employer worth his salt is not going to argue about whether or not his employees should be able to at least survive on their wages. (Read More…)

Jul
22
2015

The thrill is gone

The song was a major hit for the recently departed B.B. King, possibly the work that made him a household name. But when we lose our inspiration, it hardly seems like something to sing about. (Read More…)

Jul
14
2015

Low cost options

I once bought a planer from an unnamed manufacturer that had a nasty habit of slinging the drive chain off its sprockets. (Read More…)

Jul
07
2015

Is there an app for that?

I have a somewhat ambivalent relationship with technology. I used to be an early adopter, spending large sums on the latest new thing as soon as it hit the market. Fun, but not really sensible. (Read More…)

Jun
30
2015

Photography rights

Paul Simon’s song, Kodachrome, includes the line, “I love to take photographs.” He might but many of us don’t. (Read More…)