Books

I’m going to talk about books. I just thought I would warn you in case you find books boring. Instead of a resolution this year I chose one word (“Learn”) to guide what I do. Reading a lot of books seemed like a logical step toward this goal. Now that I have the time and…

88 Rue de Charonne

I want to go fishing with George Frank. No matter what we caught it would become a great story—perhaps, one in which we were swallowed whole by a fly then eaten by a fish only to escape thanks to the potassium permanganate George had in his pocket. Who is George Frank? He is the author…

Saw 5: Finished

It’s unfortunate that I’ve waited this long to become familiar with a handsaw. The basics apply to any saw whether it is hand or power, but for such a simple object there are a lot of nuances to a handsaw. It was interesting to learn about tension in a saw (not trying that any time…

Saw 4: The Handle

After a little nudging from Bob Rozaieski, I’m convinced the original handle is made from beech. I love everything about it too; the patina, the size, the feel. It is an awesome handle other than it’s soft. I’m going to hold on to it (seriously, no pun intended) for use as a model, but it…

Saw 3: I was warned

When I was a kid, I was in love with BMX bikes and tricks. Living in a small Midwestern town, this was an unusual activity and I was pretty much on my own trying to figure out how to make my bike to do what I saw in BMX Plus! (a magazine). One trick involved…

but the eyes are blind

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was required reading for all the fourth year students in the French language curriculum at my High School. As luck would have it, my senior year also happened to be the year that my French teacher decided it was time to clear the decks order new books, so…

Saw 2: Cleaning the plate

My typical go-to method for removing rust from old tools is simply to dunk them in vinegar and leave them alone overnight. The problem here was the size of the object. I briefly considered purchasing a Rubbermaid container large enough to allow the use of vinegar but that’s how things get crazy restoring tools. First,…

Tools

Note: I read a lot and often come across statements that, for whatever reason, catch my attention. Sometimes they make me laugh. Sometimes they make me think. Most of them are opinions different from mine. This one by Ross Day is a good example. My dad was a mechanic and I learned, from an early…