“Mr. Gorbachev, Pare Down This Wall”

It has been a long time since I have written anything on this here blog.  I don’t really know where to begin.  The time has been very rewarding to me in the last few months:  the birth of our daughter Odetta (what an amazing thing to watch a little person grow!) in May, 2nd kneeContinue reading ““Mr. Gorbachev, Pare Down This Wall””

Third hand, third eye, Third Man, man

I have been spending a lot of time thinking about the woodworking concept of the third hand.  I know, it sounds creepy.  Sounds like some sort of mystical malarkey.  Sounds like a mutant carpenter.  I wish I had a literal third hand that served as a clamp, and a bench stop.  Actually, I do haveContinue reading “Third hand, third eye, Third Man, man”

Old School to New School and the Perplexity of Power Tool Worship

Not that there is anything wrong with them, but I simply do not like power tools very much.  This is the 2015 version of me speaking.  Last year I was in Alpha Building Center (a local lumberyard/hardwarestore) and I saw a miter box unlike any other miter box I had ever used.  I will notContinue reading “Old School to New School and the Perplexity of Power Tool Worship”

Hey there, Mr Tambourine Man.

” I am ready to go any where, I am ready for to fade, into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way, I promise to go under it,” -Bob Dylan, “Mr. Tambourine Man.”   Whenever you are learning something new, there are days when frustration digs its dirty claws into you and refuses toContinue reading “Hey there, Mr Tambourine Man.”

Question: which wood is best?

Wow.  That is a good question.  There are many answers to it and that, my friends, makes it a good question.  Wood is good.  Good for building things.  Good for adding aesthetic beauty to our lives.  Good for practical purposes like storing things.  It is one of those things that merges the practical and theContinue reading “Question: which wood is best?”