Don’t “dialogue” with someone you can talk to.

“Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard.”  -William Zinsser, ‘On Writing Well’ Advertisements

A thing is never done.

Last week I finished setting up and stringing my guitar for the first time. I have to be honest, as I was loading tension onto those first few strings I held my breath, but when I brought everything up to pitch I was delighted at the first sounds I heard. No. More than delighted. It’s…

They’re not all perfect, but they all run smoothly

Like the guitar I’ve just completed the nail cabinet I’ve been building is one of those projects I could envision sitting partially finished for a long time if I didn’t just take the time to follow through. Our fall schedule is filling up and I have a few projects on the horizon so this week I decided…

Moving pictures

I have a strong aversion to watching myself on video. None the less, here I am trying to squeeze a year’s worth of work and reflection¬†into just under seven minutes. I talk a lot in any given week, but I promise I don’t really talk this fast in real life. This is the presentation I…

We don’t all wear “large”

There are still a few slots left to reserve a size in the first run of t-shirts. I’m placing the order today (Aug. 24, 2016) at 5pm EDT. If you want to make sure you get the size you want, please follow the instructions here. TO ORDER

A different perspective

No offense to the “stand and look at the camera” crowd, but this is better. There are all sorts of great things I could say about this, but the one thing I really value about what Joshua is trying to do here is that the commentary is reflective and not didactic. I’m excited about this…

The things you find on Craigslist…

I was just scouring the local Craigslist today and saw this monster.   Something within me was appalled. Something else within me really wants this, partly because I want to make it right. At nearly 12″ thick you could almost make two bench tops out of that one. If the price was right and I…

Almost halfway there

I’ve nearly finished half of the drawers in my nail cabinet and now I understand the core principles behind the industrial revolution. Doing all of the operations on each drawer one at a time means changing setups on my bench. It’s a fine way to custom fit each drawer, but there’s a lot of wasted…

George R. Walker: Perfection in a thousand words or less.

(Editor’s note) When I began this project of asking people to respond to the idea of perfection and constraining them to a thousand words, I made a mental wish-list of all the voices that I hoped would participate. Today’s guest author was certainly on that list and it is an honor to present his thoughts below….

Homework for the weekend

I just wanted to remind everyone that there’s a mandatory reading assignment this weekend. Tomorrow morning (around 6 am EDT) another guest blogger takes a long hard look at the idea of perfection, and trust me you won’t want to miss it.

T-shirts, and how one might procure such a thing

So, “truffle” it is. At least for this printing. It’s not blue, black or gray and it reminds me of the old uniforms of the Hershey Bears hockey team. Done. Question is, how do you get one? The printing will be full front, one color. They will be printed on American Apparel 2001 fine jersey…