I want to begin today by thanking everyone for the kind and thoughtful wishes that were sent to me yesterday on my birthday. I was (and still am) greatly overwhelmed by the many people here who I consider my friends. I usually don’t think much about my birthday if I can help it. After all, it is just part of life. We have all had ‘birthdays’ or we wouldn’t be here. Usually the day comes and goes for me without a whole lot of thought. For the past several years I ...
I am happy to announce that I was actually able to leave things behind yesterday and take a break from things. Even as I write that, I find it odd that I am rather proud of the fact that I didn’t accomplish something work-related yesterday. Like most people, we are creatures of habits and sometimes good habits are as difficult to deviate from as bad habits. In the past couple of years, I have really programmed myself to think that taking time off of work (or slacking as some may ca...
I had a good and productive day yesterday. I feel as if I accomplished a great deal. I have been working on a small job for my friend Bernie and I was able to complete it, as well as tie up several loose ends. I also did a little bit of cutting for my partner. I had mentioned last week that his aunt was here in town and she picked through many of the prototypes that we have of our projects here and choose some nice things for herself and did some early Christmas shopping. One thing she...
Good evening, LJ’s I apologize for not posting recently due to going on the sabbatical with woodworking . After posting my fish board project I went to the Heartville flea market expecting to do good taking two Adirondack chairs, a swing, and a few fish boards. Going on two hours of sleep, no help, and my friend having car trouble so she couldn’t come and help out :( So how did I do? It sucked plain and simple weather was rainy/sunny and holding back the crowd in the morning. t...
Well, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but I am fairly sure that it isn’t over yet. I do find that in situations such as this, the best thing for me to do is to do my homework and not do anything in haste. I think that gathering as much information as possible and making an intelligent decision is the best way to go. That is the plan anyway. As soon as they were opened yesterday I placed a call to the bank. They did have a phone number listed on the notice and i...
Several months ago I wrote that the bank I used in Chicago for the past 14 years had failed and was taken over by one of the giant banks (First Midwest.) It is funny (odd) that the second I found out about it, I had this impending sense of doom that this wasn’t going to be a good thing. Those of you who read every day and know me, know that I am quite the optimist. Even on the darkest days, I try to see the good in situations and much prefer to live in a land of hope, trust and an...
I recently discovered that HANGZHOU GREAT STAR INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD of Hangzhou Zhejiang Province, China has registered the trademark for “Millers Falls.” I write about it in my blog at Patent Craftsman. I ask you, why would HANGZHOU GREAT STAR INDUSTRIAL CO. want to use the old Millers Falls trademarks? Whatever your answer to this question, I urge you to be wary of buying new Millers Falls tools—these are not the same tools as those hardy and well-made products once pr...
Just received this email which I am posting in its’ entirety: A message from the CEO of Highland Woodworking While we make every effort to please every customer who chooses to do business with us, unfortunately we don’t always succeed, even though pleasing our customers has been our greatest source of satisfaction for over 30 years. The Internet has dramatically changed the way people shop, and the way merchants peddle their wares. Information can now travel at the speed of ...
I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in computer land today. I only have an hour or so of work left on the final pattern that I am getting ready for the next update. In tallying the new things that will be up on the site, my contribution alone will be five patterns and I will also be offering a kit. Keith has some very nice patterns to add also. Since we only updated the site a couple of weeks ago, I think that is a good accomplishment. I am wondering why I have been feeling like...
There are days when I wonder if I will ever get to use the scroll saw again. Seriously. There are so many things to do within the business that actually cutting wood seems like a rare thing for me lately. I know that is why I enjoy it so much when I do get the opportunity to actually cut, but it also makes me wonder. There are many people that think that I get to cut and build things from the time I get up in the morning until I am ready to call it a day. That is so far from reality th...
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