End of a long year

When I was a kid and my dad wanted me to clean my room, I’d say, ‘I will,’ and he would say, ‘Yeah, when? In 2010?’

The rules of time and stuff

Human nature dictates that we acquire stuff. For some, it’s books or real estate. But for people like us who make things, it’s tools, jars of nuts and bolts, rolls of wire, and stacks of wood.

Classic designs

There is a reason classic forms are “classic.” They are based on ergonomics and human scale. The basis for this concept is the human form as expressed in the famous drawings of daVinci.

Creative use of materials

For the last 20 years, we have been seeing more and more materials become scant or disappear completely from the market place. Woods we have long taken for granted and bought relatively cheaply have gradually become harder to get and much more costly.

Pictures or photographs?

Over the years I have had a pretty close relationship with the camera. The best one I ever had was a Mamiya 645. It had a built-in light meter that was spot on for the work I was doing. The shop I had at that time was full of natural light so I never had […]

The pricing dilemma

One of the hardest things about being an artisan is how to put a price on your work. Everyone who has ever tried to sell something they have made has faced this problem. There are a million ways one can calculate the value of a piece of work. You can figure out what the materials […]

Second wind

In May of this year, I started working on the lathe. This is something I have wanted to do for many years but for some reason or another I never seemed to have the time. But with the recent slowdown in the economy, coupled with my involvement in another business, I have had an opportunity […]

The Gary Nappe principle

I can hear it already. Who the heck is Gary Nappe?!? Well, he was a friend for many years. I lost touch with him some time ago but before that, he taught me a few things.

The next bubble?

I was driving around the other day and listening to the news on NPR. Usually I don’t really listen to the radio; it just provides a background to counter all the road noise and sometimes, if I turn it up enough, it can keep me awake. But every now and then something jumps out that […]