The Roman Workbench episode of the Woodwright’s shop went live this week. You can watch it on the PBS app or here online, which is something I suggest you do before reading the rest of this post. Watched it? Good. Ever since this post on the Lost Art Press blog I’ve been thinking about Chris… Continue reading A wing-a-ling thing
I try to stay away from politics on this blog and for the most part I succeed, but today I felt the need to write about something that’s been on my mind: Sharpening. There are intractably polarizing aspects in every realm of life and among hand tool woodworkers few topics command the religious devotion of sharpening.… Continue reading …and stick with it
Our children are educated to believe that success is making money, quickly if possible. The politics of recent times have encouraged us to turn greed into a religion. -John Brown, 1997
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight. When true simplicity is gained, … Continue reading ‘Till we come round right
One of the most popular things in my office is a tiny Zen garden that sits on the edge of my desk. My children cannot leave it alone. Very few visitors can avoid interacting with it on some level. Some comment on it. Some rake the sand around while they talk to me. Some people… Continue reading A little holiday zen
(UPDATE: all shirts are sold) There is one Daily Skep T-shirt from the first printing (size large) still waiting for a new home. In honor of the almighty Cyber Monday I’m discounting it to $15 shipped within the Continental US I am almost certainly losing money on that deal, so grab it while you can.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential,… Continue reading Your taste is still killer