I have never been comfortable tightly fitting out the trays of my tool chests for a particular set of tools. Even in my giant rolling metal craftsman behemoth the tools have always sort of piled up in the drawers until no more tools fit and the ones on the bottom became inaccessible memories. Part of the… Continue reading More German than French.
If it is true that matter can neither be created or destroyed but only redirected as other matter/energy, then perhaps it explains this condition I have that will not allow me to drive by a pile of scrap wood without stopping to assess whether or not that wood can be transformed into something else or… Continue reading Samsara, or, one life of many
After what amounted to an undue amount of fussing about with setting the neck, I used a trick that I saw on a C.F. Martin factory tour to lock everything in. I loosely set the neck in place and slid a piece of sandpaper between the mating surface of the neck and the body (grit… Continue reading all trussed up and nowhere to go
One of the most intimidating elements of luthiery to me has always been the neck. Fitting the neck securely, setting the neck accurately, angling the neck sufficiently… you get the idea. If building the body of the guitar was thinking in four dimensions, fitting the neck is a quantum level beyond that. Or at least… Continue reading the sound and the fulcrum
I’ve inherited all of the things I’m ever going to inherit. Most of it is sitting in my garage right now. A few pieces have migrated into the house. Many of them are a complete mystery to me. Like this, for instance: I really have no idea how old it is, where it was made,… Continue reading history vs. mystery
After I burned out the motor on my table saw and finally decided to get serious about hand tool woodworking I spent a good deal of time reading about the craft and watching videos online to pick up the finer points of technique. I watched a lot of videos by Paul Sellers at the time because… Continue reading the humble marking knife
I apologize for all the format changes lately. I’ve been trying to find a happy medium between form and function that allows the posts to be easily readable while formatting the pictures in a way that’s helpful and not distracting. I also wanted to make sure I was still highlighting the blogs that I read… Continue reading the way things look…