Archive for 2013

Good news, bad news

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The latest employment reports show a slightly better outlook for the economy. But what’s different about this wave of new jobs is that they are mostly in the service sector and not so much in manufacturing. (more…)

Natural light

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Every time I read about a window in a shop, I remember the best shop I ever had. (more…)

The illusion

Friday, June 28th, 2013

As you read this, you might find yourself wondering what chicken and woodworking have in common. So rest assured that it will become clear in a moment. (more…)

Supply and demand

Monday, June 24th, 2013

This is a concept that I always have trouble with. I get the basic principles. (more…)

Manufacturing in America

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Over the years, as we are all aware, our manufacturing has been outsourced to the point where we make very little in our own country. (more…)

The big show

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Over the last five or six years, I have been adding some lathe work to my repertoire. (more…)

Partnering with the big guys

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Over the last eight years, a lot of smaller shops have closed their doors. Now that we are in something of a recovery, a lot of them are thinking about getting back into the game. But start-up capital is not so easy to come by. (more…)

Buying small

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Maybe we should think more about buying small or independent instead of thinking so much about buying local. (more…)

The other side of local

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Much discussion about buying locally lately. And I do, as should be obvious by now, completely support the concept. But when selling? Now that’s a horse of a different color. (more…)

Getting better?

Friday, May 24th, 2013

The latest economic assessment is one of those good news, bad news things. The good news has to do with the fact that unemployment claims have stabilized. This would indicate that those who have jobs can have a reasonable expectation that they will be able to keep them. (more…)