If enough of you are interested, I could do a blog on financial planning for the self employed wood worker. I was a self employed broker and financial planner until health problems forced me into early retirement. This will be basic planning only. Nothing complex or eccentric. Also, no personal situations will be covered and no personal advice given. There are legal reasons for this. In our overly litigious society, I’m sure you can all understand the reasons for my stance on th...
I just got off the phone with the manufacturing company of the 12 foot straight edge clamp. Well, the shipping is going to be more than the clamp itself. A lot more! I think I am going to have to either go into the straight edge business (rental and sales) or go to Plan B (from Outer Space) or if any of you LJ’s that are driving from Whittier, CA to Tupelo, MS or Little Rock or Memphis, Nashville next week, I’ll drop a C note on the gas bill if you will bring it on over. PM and le...
I am not happy with the way a project came out. I wanted to try trans tint dye I mixed it with water put on a tiger maple piece looked good except on the exposed end grain it was just too dark. I was told by a friend I should have shellacked the end grain first Oh well too late. Is there anyway product that will remove the dye from the total project so that the project can be redone or just toss it and make another
Today is possibly going to be the worst ‘Bush Fire’ (Wild Fire) day in Sydney’s history.Extreme weather conditions are expected which could fan 3 existing enormous fire fronts (2 of these have merged) with wind gusts up to 100kph and temperatures close to 40 deg C.More than 200 homes in the Blue Mountains have already been destroyed with similar numbers seriously damaged.Luckily there has been only one life lost.We know of two people who have lost their homes. Our nephew had...
You know it is interesting what sets us off. I am a lover of woodworking tools old, new, power or not; I love them all. I was reading a blog from a famous very tall non-power woodworker about the evils of power tools and how they have created places like IKEA and such for buying furniture. This guy is a really nice guy, he dresses funny, so why should I care what he thinks about power tools? I’m not sure, but it may have to do with feeling guilty about my carbon foot print when I use my Power...
Completed tiles waiting for the frame … acid bronze, iron oxide patina finish
The box is on the move again! A short trip this time from Karson to FrankA. Frank received the box yesterday but hasn’t had a chance to go through it – some story about -5 degrees and a dead oil burner. We’ll work with him some on getting his priorities in order before the next trade… :-) The box is ‘chilling’ in New York right now, here’s where we’ve been so far: Stay tuned as the drama unfolds and we answer gripping questions like...
In a hidden monastery, far from the prying eyes of a suspicious public, a great and strange sharpening monk spent his days. He sharpened chisels, he crafted brilliant pieces of furniture, and he doled out nuggets of wisdom whenever someone was unfortunate enough to be within ear shot. There are a few, myself among them, who believe that he was not crazy, but wise beyond most people’s grasp. He used to say, “Hone your senses as you would hone your chisel.” He would often follow this ...
I had an epiphany today while looking at this carving and realizing this will take me just as long as the larger Green men despite being less than half the size. Don’t laugh, but it took me 15 months to figure out I am treating carving like tattooing. An intricate drawing on a flat surface (or surfaces) then working away at it until it looks like the picture in my head, it works, but it is inefficient because I spend so much time carving away waste wood, re-drawing the design when I car...
... or, “How to make Something completely different from what you planned…” Last month, just before Christmas, I was told that my Dad’s car was going to be sold. I asked the price, and it was a fair one, so I bought the car for Debbie and I… Isn’t it a Beauty!! LOL… That boat-shaped thing in the snow, was my Father’s 1992 Volvo. He loved and babied it, so it’s in terrific shape for a vehicle nearly 20 years old. It’s now ours and, by...
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