Sep
05
2014

A man and his tools

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. (Read More…)

Sep
03
2014

Climate change revisited

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. (Read More…)

Aug
26
2014

Nightmare on Elma’s street

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. (Read More…)

Aug
15
2014

Looked promising

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. (Read More…)

Aug
12
2014

16 years later …

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. (Read More…)

Aug
06
2014

Don’t stick your head in the sand

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

Jul
29
2014

Is that old?

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. (Read More…)

Jul
22
2014

Trades vs. Professions

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. (Read More…)

Jul
16
2014

Hot or not

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. (Read More…)

Jul
08
2014

Not a contractor

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