I should say, he’s a friend.

For the past few months I’ve been pouring out my thoughts here about building my first commissioned work. It has been a wonderful learning experience about balancing my own capacity with efficiency, cost and the knowledge that I was also working to someone else’s sense of style and design.  There are things I would do differently next time, but…

There’s just something Bad Axe about these saws

One of the downsides (ok, let’s be honest, the only downside) to writing tool reviews for a magazine is keeping mum about what you’ve written until it’s in print. Most of the time this isn’t terribly difficult, but there are certainly times when you want to shout from the mountain tops of Instagram about how…

Anne Briggs Bohnett: Perfect, in 1000 words or less

  (Editor’s Note:) Today’s author has a lot more to do with the founding of The Daily Skep than she probably realizes. A couple of years ago, when Instagram was still a new toy to me, I stumbled across some of Anne’s work and it suddenly became clear to me that there was a whole…

I ain’t so perfect after all

A few months ago I decided I needed to build a nail cabinet. A few weeks ago I finally got started on it as a way to keep myself from messing with the curing finish on the newly completed commission. Yesterday I was fitting together the shelf dividers for that nail cabinet and I was…

In the pocket

The Pyramids at Giza weren’t built with pocket screws, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the artifacts inside were. The archaeological record suggests that the idea of pocket joinery may be nearly as old as the written record of humanity. It’s hard to say, though, because woodworking magazines weren’t doing reviews yet, and…

Glamour shots

Despite what you may have come to believe from my Instagram addiction, I’m generally more interested in making things than taking pictures of them. Instagram is only really interesting to me because it allows me to capture moments as they strike me. I’d much rather have someone else take pictures of the finished work. But…

The best $4 I’ve spent all week

The receipt from the hardware store denotes $4.04 for one poplar 7/8″ dowel rod. That doesn’t seem like much, but yesterday with the help of two of my daughters, we turned that into a memory. One of the things that I love about working with hand tools is that whenever I am out in the shop, my…

We will write a postcard to our friends and family, in free verse

I hope you’ll excuse the dearth of digital musings over the past two weeks. The family and I have been on holiday and I’m just catching my breath. I have all sorts of thoughts on guitar factories, lane changing creativity exercises and antique stores that I want to write about, but for now I’ll just…