Archive for 2012

Troubleshooting protocols

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

As the old saying goes, if I had a nickel for every time I got a call to tell me that something is not working at the shop, I could have retired long ago. (more…)


Friday, November 2nd, 2012

I’ve never actually met Nobody. And yet he has been a fixture in every incarnation of my shop that ever existed. Nobody was responsible for 90 percent of all the problems I ever encountered. (more…)

How many hats?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

It is very unusual to find a multi-talented person. Most people have some things they excel at, some things they can manage and some things they cannot seem to get a grip on. (more…)

The gray area

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Most business owners want to see their businesses grow. The key is in deciding just how big you want to get. (more…)

Less than your best?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Many years ago, I made the decision to offer only high quality work. Previously, I was always open to the idea of making lower quality pieces for people who had smaller budgets or simply didn’t want to spend a lot of money. (more…)


Friday, October 12th, 2012

The other day a guy left his phone number along with a request that I give him some advice about starting a woodworking business. I’ve been thinking about how I started mine. (more…)

The rubber gorilla

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

I first found out about the rubber gorilla when I moved my shop from the Carson Valley to Virginia City, Nevada. (more…)

Beacon of hope

Friday, September 28th, 2012

We have all thought, at some point about the big stores putting the smaller businesses under. It’s been discussed here often and I’ve made no bones about the fact that I am saddened to see this happening. (more…)

Taking the dare

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A comment to A.J.’s post, “Realistically, they can’t compete”, contained a dare that I accept. (more…)

Things that break in the night

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how things get broken without any explanation. (more…)