Archive for 2014

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…)

Don’t stick your head in the sand

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

“None of us care to hear your opinions on anything other than woodworking.” (more…)

Is that old?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

In the 1970′s there was a resurgence in antiques and old, weathered looking furniture. Weathered barn boards were selling for more per foot than gold was selling per ounce. (more…)

Trades vs. Professions

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

In the 1700s and 1800s, bold adventurers sailed around the world in what were then called ships but what would, by today’s standards, be considered little more than small wooden boats. (more…)

Hot or not

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Here in the California central valley, we all assume that the summer is going to be hot. We are used to week-long heat waves with triple digit temps. (more…)

Not a contractor

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

I have mentioned, several times, that I never became a contractor. This came up again in a reply to a recent post. (more…)