The other day I was asked a question: “What’s your favorite hand tool?” For all intents and purposes that question really needs a qualifier. What’s my favorite hand tool today? …this week? …for cutting? …etc. I find it hard to pick a favorite. It’s usually whichever one is sharp, or in my hand at any given time. I had… Continue reading A plane, a plane! My banjo for a plane!
As a writer, you have to learn to kill your darlings – to hit “delete” on those hard-won, witty sentences and paragraphs to which you are irrationally attached, but which also obscure the truly necessary words in meandering mediocrity. (See the preceding sentence for a good example of what I’m talking about.) It is hard to admit… Continue reading Kill your darlings
Assumption is one of the deadlier poisons. Take a good look at the world around you. Something will surprise you.
When I am about to tell a story, I cannot help but think about how everyone else will tell the story as well and this is because, in some sense, there is no way to get any story straight. When four thousand people gather in one place, there are just as many narratives weaving themselves… Continue reading So, that was Handworks
Editor’s note: It would be hard to overstate my gratitude for the work that Joshua Klein has done over the last few years and for the opportunity to have some small hand in that work through Mortise & Tenon Magazine. His unrelenting love of pre-industrial furniture and woodworking has been a breath of fresh air… Continue reading Joshua Klein: “Perfect” in 1000 words or less
For the last few weeks my wife and I have been un-apologetically re-watching the entire Star Trek: The Next Generation series on Netflix and I have been unduly captivated by the giant sweeping arc of wood that makes up the upper control console of the main bridge. Every time I see it I can’t help but… Continue reading Twenty-Fourth Century Wood
The best part about coming back to the workshop after a major failure is this: the worst is already over. Yes, time was spent. Yes, some investment was probably lost, but there’s a certain freedom in the debris that can bring on a surge of creativity. Something was lost, but there is also something to be… Continue reading Redemption song