On Hip Replacements

George Crawford:

Great observations Ted!

Originally posted on Retrorambling:


Or you could come to Norway, get a job which gives you the right to social services and get the hip replacement for free. I know I’m queuing up for one – Ted ;-)

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The Making of a Cabinetmaker – Part I

George Crawford:

“I believe I was fitted by nature to become a woodworker, and had my father been a wagonmaker or millwright, a carpenter or cooper, I would have been taught by my father the trade that he knew. He saw that I would whittle something, for when I was even smaller and lived in the woods I would ask for his knife whenever he came home. He always demurred, saying, “You will cut your fingers,” for a woodworker’s knife is always sharp.

I would tease until he would hand it out with the remark, “Now you will cut yourself.” I invariably did, and it was generally the fore finger of my left hand. That finger is just covered with small scars of every possible shape. I was bound to whittle something. Father knew it, so he calculated to give me a trade where I could whittle away and bring in a little money thereby.”
Chris Weeks
Wood Craft – December 1905

Originally posted on Lost Art Press:


I took kindly to woodworking. In fact, I was brought up in the woods until I was seven years of age. During these first seven years of my life I saw my father only occasionally, for he was a cabinetmaker by trade and worked in a smart little town about sixty miles distant from our forest farm and came home after intervals of about six weeks to remain with us but a day or two. When I was about seven years old my mother died and the remainder of the family father took with him to the town where he worked.

I went to school, but had a chance to run in and out of the shop as I pleased, and just about as the child learns to speak his mother’s language by sights and sounds long before it is sent to school, so I learned a great deal about…

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Kindness to children, love for children, goodness to children—these are the only investments that never fail.

Henry David Thoreau

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Carpentry Test

At least that is what it is purported to be.  It’s beautiful to see such sharp tools in the hands of masters. And to think, they accomplish this without a Moxon or Roubo bench.

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Sunset on the Llano

The big sky becomes a beautiful backdrop for sunset over the Llano Estacado.


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