Sensing your plane work

I traced my fingers over the planes in the shop this morning. Working on the plane book is rejuvenating and I should have published it years ago when I first wrote it. I think that am improving it because of my increased understanding of you. A book I really enjoy was written by Aldren Watson a long […]

Read More

Woodworker

A craftsman cuts the tree from the forest, reshapes its beauty into new form useful to life. He cares for the tree and concerns himself before the cut severs the stem from life that supports it. Once the cut comes it cannot be reversed. This is the way of the craftsman. The craftsman works for […]

Read More

My creative workspace #28

I’ve neglected this aspect for a few weeks while I have been away. And now, getting ready for the wedding, I have many important things that pull at the minutes of each day. Being creative means engaging in the everyday of life, yet seeing life beyond the mundane. I think I spend much of my […]

Read More

Come as a little child

I recall these words from time to time and dwell on them for reflection. Quotes taken out of context somehow become diminished because the value relates to the whole and written text usually gives a context by which the words find meaning. The quote above has a certain expectation to it for me. Children soak […]

Read More

So what is a master craftsman?

Notes from my journal Time was that a man who worked diligently to master his skills in a chosen craft applied to be accepted by the Guild as an approved workman skilled in his field. Those examining him were fellow craftsman in the Guild. The applicant would be time-served, both as an apprentice and a […]

Read More

Apprenticing

Another thought. When I was a boy, an apprentice, I had about 8 craftsmen that oversaw my work. There was an older apprentice or two too, but they were more at the tail end of their time. Anyway, 8 craftsmen can deploy and train an apprentice easily without affecting their work too much. I have […]

Read More

Furniture Designer

Mesquite grows throughout vast tracts of Texas rangeland. I’ve worked its substance for two decades to date and no other wood I ever used has more stability than mesquite. Living in South Texas in 1987 I picked up my first chunk of mesquite. It looked like mahogany, but the denseness was heavy in my hand. […]

Read More