Archive for 2014

End of an era

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

My father-in-law passed away last week. He was 96 and pretty much stayed active right up to the end. (more…)

That guy Bob and OSHA

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Remember “Bob”? They guy I had to let go? Well, I mentioned that he was upset when I fired him. (more…)

Imagine that

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

It’s funny how employees get to thinking they are irreplaceable. I have had this happen on several occasions and it’s never a good thing. (more…)

Who ya’ gonna call?

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

There was this one project we had that was in bird’s-eye maple. It was a completely over-the-top project with a lot of very large pieces, embellished with built up moldings. And curves, lots of curves. (more…)

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…)