When are we going to learn, cheaper isn’t better. It’s just cheaper.

I have lived in and worked on the same old house for thirty years now… it’s a few years older than me, built when having a roof over your head mattered more than the concept of thermal envelope…

To a woodworker, the workbench is an altar. Here, we give our blessing to wood, pay debts, offer libations, make sacrifices, focus intent and energy. The pieces we make mostly move on out of our hands, into other people’s lives. The bench, with all its vices and imperfections, remains.
To a woodworker, the workbench is an altar. Here, we give our blessing to wood, pay debts, offer libations, make sacrifices, focus intent and energy. The pieces we make mostly move on out of our hands, into other people’s lives. The bench, with all its vices and imperfections, remains.

On Sunday afternoons, after all the household chores have been put aside, I give myself some time at the workbench with the Japanese planes. A piece of steel stuck into a block of wood, a Japanese plane is deceptively simple, and awesomely sophisticated. To the uninitiated (anyone who doesn’t know…

I seem to have been a stranger in a strange land all my life. Pretty sure I was put here by accident, or some sort of cosmic mischief. Maybe I’m just an anachronism, and I belong in another century. I have tried to make the best of it, through high…

If you were around in the 70’s, there’s a good chance you read Small is Beautiful by E. F. Schumacher. It was largely about economies of scale and appropriate technology. Some of us saw it as a blueprint for survival into the 21st century.

“Right Livelihood — “Everybody would be…

the first rule is there are no rules. T H White The Once and Future King. if you're gonna read fantasy...

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about Biden’s fiscal policy … the Green New Deal … how we’re going to dig ourselves out of the hole that Reagan began and the Republicans have continued digging for forty years. …

The beginning of a handrail for my upstairs deck

What if we were fortunate enough to just work on what we see as important on any given day, creating value that improves our daily lives, rather than chasing money to pay someone else to do the same thing (often badly). Would that be more satisfying than, say, sitting in…

What’s in a name?

Jolly Roger

When I am uncertain about the origin of a word, the ultimate authority is Walter William Skeat, an Anglican minister and Cambridge professor, who assembled the philological foundation for the Oxford English Dictionary.

FILIBUSTER: a pirate, freebooter. (Spanish — French — Dutch) First use 1587; —…

How much money is “enough”???

Significant accomplishments in our American past by young people who had talent, energy, enthusiasm, and total commitment but who were without formal academic credentials are simply too numerous to record. We are so much under the spell of the new scholasticism that we often forget that the building of this…

michael langford

Carpenter: woodcarver with a bent for typography, music, poetry, good design & living well in peace and harmony. Un-apologetically Southern; literate…

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