Christmas Ornaments

Blog, Home, Woodworking

One of the appealing features of a ShopSmith is that it can be used as a lathe. For the longest time, I had been wanting to try my hand at turning things on a lathe but didn't know anyone who had one to use. All of a sudden, I had one of my own and […]

January 31, 2018

Kitchen Table

Blog, Home, Kitchen, Woodworking

Tables seem to be the focus of many of the home makeover shows out right now. The trend is to prefer handmade tables that are large and stately and can seat your extended family with ease. That's great, I'd love to have one but I wouldn't have anywhere to put it nor would I really […]

January 24, 2018


Blog, Cats

It started ten years ago when I was young and foolish and invincible. My brother had two cats but no longer wanted one of them. He offered her to me. I asked him what was wrong with her, why would he give me a cat with no strings attached. He said there was nothing wrong […]

January 9, 2018

On Frankenstein


I have been the author of unalterable evils and I lived in daily fear lest the monster whom I had created should perpetrate some new wickedness. -Dr. Victor Frankenstein

January 2, 2018

Installing the Dishwasher

Blog, Home, Kitchen, Woodworking

I found one of those things I didn’t realize how much I’d miss it until it was actually gone. That thing is a dishwasher.   The first half of my childhood, we didn’t have a dishwasher. We took turns washing the dishes by hand and putting them away. I enjoyed washing them, but it was […]

December 20, 2017

On work


If you say, "The current job I have is everything I ever wanted," life becomes just so much more straightforward." -Sataya Nadella

December 1, 2017

Slowly Making a Home

Blog, Home, Woodworking

Sometimes home owning drags you down. You look up at the ceiling and wish you hadn’t seen the thing that needs to be fixed or you move something and find that the problem is bigger than you imagined. Sometimes you go into the basement to get the dog some breakfast and you realize the drain […]

October 27, 2017