The walnut whiskey cabinet (part 1)

There’s no way to get around it. Large scale furniture construction means selective wood use and there will always be those off-cuts and stragglers lingering around the woodpile that were too small to use, but too nice to scrap. These bits and bobs usually end up in the burn pile at production shops, but I…

You’re Dutch!

I’m several generations removed from my Pennsylvania Dutch (Deutsche) ancestors, but even as I was growing up there were a few (derivative) German phrases that lingered in occasional use at our house.  Mostly they had to do with quitting something. “Quit rutching”  meant to stop sliding around in your seat (Rutschen is German for “to slide”)….

more importantly,

“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” -Minor Meyers, Jr.

The house blend, please.

On Monday, as we set out on the second leg of our trip home from Woodworking in America I stopped by one of my favorite coffee shops in Salem, VA to pick up a bag of beans. This coffee shop has some very fine single origin roasts (I’m partial to the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe) but I always…

Jen Bower – Perfect, in 1000 words or less

Editor’s note: Although this blog tends to center around woodworking, most of us who share this interest also understand that we are part of a larger ecosystem of artisans and we can appreciate well-crafted work of many genres. A few months ago, a photo of an engraved tape measure popped up in my Instagram feed and…

Woodworking in America Lag

It’s a thing. Lots of fun. Lots of hours on the road. Lots of sleep in my future. On the upside, all of that means you get to read an awesome guest blog tomorrow as part of the “Perfect: in 1000 words or less” series.  

The garage sale continues…

After making the decision to sell a few of the tools I’ve been collecting (read: hoarding) I’ve realized how good it feels to put them in hands that will use them, rather than to see them collect dust on the shelf.  In that spirit, September feels like a good time to clear the decks and release a…

The memoir, the blog and the ego

“A thin line separates ego from egotism. Ego is healthy; no writer can go far without it. Egotism, however, is a drag.” -William Zinsser, ‘On Writing Well’  

A slow, contemplative pace (or not…)

I always want these first few weeks of fall to be slow and contemplative, but they’re usually more akin to a quick breath before the next sprint. Tomorrow I’ll be packing up and heading out to Cincinnati for Woodworking in America. I’m looking forward to this for all sorts of reasons, not least of which is that…

There are still a few shirts available

The Daily Skep shirts came in this week and they look great. Using a new printer always makes me nervous, but I’m really happy with the quality of the final product. I’m also happy that most of them are in the mail as of this morning and if you placed a pre-order you should be…

I’m no collector. 

I’ve done some soul searching over the last few months and I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t have a lot of room in my life for extra tools at the moment. This goes against every hoarding thing I learned while growing up, but I need to travel light these days and I don’t…