On the road again — this time to Cincinnati for the Joinery Conference. Get out those filisters, dados, and ploughs!
Getting a toolkit ready for the upcoming Woodworking Shows — this plane or that? two files or one? and how many stones? Whatever is taken, something is always left — and missed. But then one learns to make do, discover workarounds, extemporize. The truth is that with all the tools in the world (not to mention the ones in the shop) so long as we are exploring there will always be something missing. Otherwise everything would already have been done. We speak using the words we know. If forced into the ineffable we try another medium—drawing, dancing, or perhaps just dreaming . . .
Thinking about a new course for furnituremaking for The Woodworking Shows (www.thewoodworkingshows.com) and where to begin? — stunning results, basic techniques, philosophical underpinnings, green relevance, temporal justification, art for art’s sake, woodworking for woodworking’s sake, or just for fun (fun? — frustration, discipline, masochism?). Never mind, just pick up the plane, make sure it’s tuned, and take a shaving — aah! there we go . . .