A lot of work, but I finally got the website reorganized. Ah, the joys of the cyberage. Now to sit back and enjoy feeling connected.
Here’s a special summer offer and an opportunity to get things done before winter….
For a limited time get a free copy of ‘Year-Round House Care’ with the purchase of any other title — fiction or non-fiction — from my website: Blackburn Books.com
This is an easy to read seasonal guide to all the thingsyou need to take care of to ensure your home stays in top condition. It’s a lso a chance to persude a lot of other interesting titles.
Never one to work hard for the sake of hard work, I’m more than happy to take the shortest, easiest route to my goal. Of course, sometimes it’s just about the journey and not the goal, but if what I’m looking forward to is completion, Ill use the best available tool. This is where the difficulty comes in. ‘Best’ implies not only the tool that results in the best finished product, but also the tool that is most fun to use. Balancing these two — often contradictory — goals can be tricky. But it pays to keep an open mind rather than proceed out of habit or assumptions. For example, I much more enjoy using a handplane than a power sander; on the other hand, the machine can sometimes produce a quicker and maybe even better result. If I’m already plugged in and forging ahead with tablesaw and router it is easy to overlook the plane sitting on the shelf. Similarly, if I happen to be in a handtool frame of mind it can be a leap and a lurch to put down the handtool and go and get dustmasks, earplugs, and googles, etc.
This dilemma happened the other day when I had finished routing some dadoes for a custom shelving unit that needed to get finished in a hurry. The dadoes had ended up just a tad too narrow, and it took me a while to realize I was wasting a lot of time — annoying, finicky, unpleasant time at that — trying to re-rout the dadoes. And then, when I was almost done, thinking how much more pleasant — if slower — it had been in the ‘old’ days when I cut all this kind of thing by hand, I remembered my side snipes. Ah! efficiency AND pleasure!
Another new book on woodworking—why not? It might just speak your language or make something clear that you never understood before…