Archive for 2014

Standing room only

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Recent articles in the New York Times and Forbes reveal the results of studies on the benefits of being on your feet as opposed to sitting at a desk, especially for older people. (more…)

An apprentice again

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Lately, I have been spending time working in my family’s other business. We own a food service that has been operated by my wife and son who are real foodies. (more…)

Form and function

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

A.J.’s recent post about building a desk got me thinking again about design requirements. This is the big difference between functional objects and art. (more…)

A twin planet

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

For many years, I have been baffled by our collective indifference to the fact that our planet is being thrashed. But I think I have figured it out. (more…)

It’s all the same issue

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

I have beaten the climate change issue to death and I will say no more on the subject, except for this. (more…)

A man and his tools

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Using tools has been the basis of civilization itself. This relationship has traditionally been understood and respected by all, even those whose work does not require the use of tools. (more…)

Climate change revisited

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

This is obviously a hotly contested issue. But before we get into “what does this have to do with woodworking?,” let me clarify my thoughts. (more…)

Nightmare on Elma’s street

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

We have all had nightmare clients. It comes with the territory. It has to be handled with at least some level of grace and dignity or else the situation quickly degrades into something resembling a war. (more…)

Looked promising

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The other day, out shopping, I noticed a large display of LED light bulbs. How fortunate, since several fluorescent tubes in my shop have burned out. (more…)

16 years later …

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Sixteen years ago, I did a fairly large project for an attorney who was well off enough to pay me much more than I charged him for the work. But he was a guy who liked a deal and I needed the work. (more…)