Archive for August, 2008

A wooden sports car?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

For some reason it never occurred to me to attempt to build an automobile out of wood. (more…)

Are we dinosaurs?

Monday, August 18th, 2008

It seems like every time I turn on the TV, there is some program about dinosaurs. (more…)

Working with bamboo

Monday, August 11th, 2008

In the last two weeks, three different people have asked me what I think of “this new bamboo” material. And, since I have done two jobs using bamboo, I can actually offer an informed (albeit biased) opinion: It is the weirdest “wood” I have ever worked with! (more…)

They want alder?

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

The job we have in the shop right now starts out with the fabrication of 28 interior doors. Inch and three quarters thick, eight feet tall and made of alder. When the customers told me they wanted to use alder, I almost choked! Alder? That’s…. well…. crap. In over 35 years of “high end” cabinetmaking and architectural woodworking, I have never made anything out alder. But I figured, ‘what the heck.’ (more…)

Kinda like it used to be … but not exactly

Monday, August 4th, 2008

A recent New York Times article focused on the fact that increased shipping costs are starting to have a serious effect on globalization. (more…)

Pulling rabbets out of the hat

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Have you ever been in one of those situations where it seems like you are simply not going to be able to avoid crashing into the wall? (more…)