"You wouldn't even know a diamond if you held it in your hand The things you think are useless I can't understand?" Reeling in the Years, Steely Dan I am a pack rat. And a lot of my friends know. They are enablers. "Hey Steve, I have a box full of ..." Not sure if … Continue reading One Man’s Trash…
Having been in the public as a demonstrator for at least the past 10 years, there's one comment that I hear all of the time that always grates on me. "I love the wood grain in this XXX" The person making it doesn't realize that this seemingly innocuous remark is like finger nails on the … Continue reading It’s All About the Wood?
Last summer, I went to my son and explained to him that he was hired as an apprentice at ForestLakesTreen. Having no idea what that meant, I told him "you'll be making stick shuttles for sale to the weaving market" "But I don't know anything at all about weaving? I don't even know what that … Continue reading Who Did You Make That for?
I like to know a little bit about everything. Recently, I bought some clay to begin experimenting with ceramics. I know almost nothing about ceramics, but I don't let that stop me. You can YouTube almost anything, and if you are competent at weeding out the crap, you can make yourself smarter. A couple of … Continue reading Anthropology in Craft
Spoiler Alert: The answer is more than the person in front of you. On the continuum of knowledge, we reach various peaks and plateaus where people start to ask us the famous "Would you/Could you?" question. When I first started learning to turn, there was a new platform emerging to help share knowledge: YouTube. Back … Continue reading How Much Do You Need to Know?
Another ray of sunshine coming your way... In the past month or so, I've seen the somber reality of the world of craft. Most of my friends in the various guilds and clubs that I belong to have been collecting Medicare a very long time. And that is not something that most people do very … Continue reading The Clean Out
So, I finally broke down and bought a laptop a few weeks back, because it is sort of hard to so all of the things I need to do without one. It is about as basic as a laptop can get, because I don't really need all of the new things that are available. I'm … Continue reading The Cost of New Ideas
Sorry for the wall of text that I am about to unleash on you all, but this one has been brewing for a few months. Mid December, I lost my job. Don't cry for me. I hated it. I hated the people. I don't think I've ever been happier to have been fired from a … Continue reading Really, Really Going Pro
An old friend from college messaged me the other day asking if I had a bowl for sale? I did, but it came with a twist. I made it in 2004. After making the cursory "used bowl discount jokes", I had another issue to deal with. It wasn't up to 2017 standards. I resanded it … Continue reading How Do You Learn and Still Get Stuff Done?
Been a while. Authoring on a cell phone is more work.than using a computer, so I've avoided it for a couple of weeks. This post is about listening. So, I'm sitting on the couch and I get a message from a customer that she broke something and wondered if I made them? As chance … Continue reading Listening