Tuesday, December 22, 2015


I love this blog for the simple fact that it is not just a repository for all my rantings
whether pertinent or not
but more as a linear monologue with photographic embellishment

Sometimes I feel obligated to write something profound

"A Bold New Approach for Cutting Brass"
"Fifteen Ways To File more efficiently"

"Zen and the Art of Shaping Brass"

"Einsteinien Woodworking; a lesson in how so much can go so fast but so little takes forever"

kids, don't try this next step at home

you gotta really get a grip on it in the final stages of the cut and that puts the meat of your hand perilously close to that weed whacker

but when it's all said and done and that blade slides home with no wiggle, the bolts tighten

and with everything in nominal working order I can begin the decorative shaping

I'd been both anticipating and dreading this sequence since the beginning

what I found was; many cuts make much go faster
a few minutes with the hack saw

and an hour or two with rasps and files

I remain unsure whether to leave the socket heads
from an aesthetic standpoint I'm pleased
and there's no interference with turning the thumb screw
the only reason to cut them off is a different aesthetic

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

snail's pace

I was getting all fired up to scribe a diatribe on what little time I had to devote to my craft

And I realized that I had made a lot more progress than I thought since the last post

woodworking blog sequential photographic how-to opportunity missed

it's like some crappy nineties infomercial about "20 minutes a day"

but they're right

here's to you Ron Popeil

this build sold itself on the premise of tiny bursts of labor

the endless progression of steps

I've practiced this dance before

ok, so some of these sessions lasted more than twenty minutes

working brass is the same, just a slower version of working wood

and it's not like I really do twenty minutes every day

some days I just go out and stare at the wall

and remember when conversation didn't just consist of monosyllabic babble
or commentary on sleeping and defecation habits

I've also had weeks of trial and error finding appropriate hardware

when it all comes together and the knob is tight
and the fence is in line with the body
and the is no movement from square

then it is right

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


I've decided that Tom Fidgen is right
the Kerfing plane, Rebate Saw, Kerfing Saw, Rabbet What the Hell Ever is a damn good idea
whenever it was conceived really is moot

So I'm gonna make one

yup, looks like a planerknifesaw

the chisel is the best way to go doing this

cut that fence

and stick it

oooo, pretty

the reason all fillitster planes had complex moulding as a fence
is that they were all made from cut-offs of really expensive mouldings

as for the rest of life;

Friday, August 14, 2015


the breeze that began in January
has continued these six plus months
this non-stop flow of new time
for which I am now responsible
rockets forward

as I continually adapt to her ever changing ebb

I am rewarded by hints of past lives
and many moments of ponder

tiny projects

a bit of otherwise firewood

an excuse to use my axe

to make mistakes and fix them with glue

to really learn the meaning of sharp

to enjoy the things I've already made

to watch others enjoy them too

I've had many very short moments to just look

and to participate

and observe

it is a fine breeze