Archive for 2011


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

It’s that time of year again. When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was all about Pilgrims and Indians. And food. (more…)

Work clothes

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Whatever business you are in, it’s important to be properly dressed. Lawyers need suits. If you are a doctor, you need scrubs. A chef? You gotta have those white jackets and puffy hats. (more…)

Natural cabinets

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

A.J.’s post about greenies really got me thinking. I live in California and we (correctly or not) have a reputation as being home to more greenies than any other state. Personally I have no issues with the idea of practicing good husbandry of the planet’s resources, something that we have collectively failed to do. (more…)

My annual Veteran’s Day rant

Monday, November 14th, 2011

I spent most of day driving with the radio on, listening to NPR. There was a talk show on with a woman from some veteran’s support group as a guest. They were inviting homeless vets to call in and describe how they got there. (more…)

Do you sweat the small stuff?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

I have never been a detail person. I am able to see the big picture with ease. But many of my customers want to come in close, squinting, to find the smallest flaw. (more…)

Only the best?

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I’ve never known anyone to take up woodworking in any form simply as an excuse to buy expensive tools. But I have known many for whom woodworking was greatly enhanced by using the best tools. (more…)

Wood stoves in the shop?

Monday, October 31st, 2011

My recent post about lemons got me thinking about the good old days when my workshop was heated by a wood-burning stove. These days, the fire department guys would go apoplectic over the idea. But back then I lived in rural Nevada and visits from fire inspectors were not so much of a concern. (more…)

Rust never sleeps

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Neil Young was right! I have never had the luxury of a climate-controlled shop. So I have always had to deal with bits of rust on my steel and cast-iron surfaces. (more…)

What do you do with your lemons?

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Even the best makers lay an egg now and then. It might be one of those designs that looks great on paper but somehow just doesn’t work when it is actually made. Or something as simple as a wrong-sized door or drawer. (more…)

The thrill is gone

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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. (more…)