Take a breath

It’s hard being seven, six and four years old. At least it was the other day at our house. I don’t know what was in the water where we live last Saturday, but I can tell you what was in the air – cries of “THIS IS A DISASTER!” and “THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!!” mixed with…

I owe you (an explanation)

One of the primary difficulties we have as a species right now is that we have largely succumbed to the belief that we don’t owe each other anything. Consequently, one of the questions I carry around with me each day is “what do we owe to each other?” * So far, I’ve decided that in…

A moratorium on new tools

I’ve got a habit that carries over from my days as a musician. The scientific name for this disposition is “Gear Acquisition Syndrome” which is really just a nice way to say addiction to buying new stuff. The pattern is always predictable and it starts the same way: I see a new shiny thing. I…

Once or twice

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All of life is an experiment! The more experiments you make, the better. What if they are a little coarse and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you fail and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again;…

For Sale

Florip Toolworks 9″ Dovetail saw I’m committed to having a small and useful set of tools, and that means from time to time I have to let things go. (If you buy a tool from me and are unhappy with it when you receive it, I will happily refund the purchase price minus shipping upon…

On a day with nothing else to do…

I decided to weigh my options, err, my planes, just to see how the woodies stacked up to the ironsides. First my coffin smoother. Vs. my Lie-Nielsen 4 1/2 Then my wooden jack Vs my Lie-Nielsen no 62. This one may not be a fair comparison, but it tells me one of the reasons why…

You’ve got to start somewhere

I was going through old photos and stumbled upon this picture of my first handplane in “as found” condition. I bought it for $15 at an antiques store, cleaned it up and the rest is history. I guess you can start from anywhere.