I like 90 degree corners.

I like 90 degree corners.

I had a bunch of cutoffs and leftover pieces from my last few projects. I didn’t want to throw them out or keep them around indefinitely under my couch, so I came up with the idea of laminating the pieces together to make the seat of a Japanese style stool. First time I’m making anything like this, glad to state the project continues!

Beautiful art/tech experiment.

Finally built the tool tray for the toolbox I built this summer. No electrons were hurt in its construction. Made from poplar and left over Alaskan yellow cedar from the toolbox lid. Feels good not to rummage around the bottom of the toolbox for the smaller tools.

I will think long and hard before buying used bladed tools. No matter how good they look in the photo, the blades always need a lot of work. Lot of time. Lot of wear on the diamond plate, waterstones, and sandpaper. My whole body is sore. I’m not sure I came out ahead. The results? Hit and miss. More work still needed. But not today. Happy Labor Day weekend :)

I will think long and hard before buying used bladed tools. No matter how good they look in the photo, the blades always need a lot of work. Lot of time. Lot of wear on the diamond plate, waterstones, and sandpaper. My whole body is sore. I’m not sure I came out ahead. The results? Hit and miss. More work still needed. But not today. Happy Labor Day weekend :)

Haul from the farmers market. Fruitless sharpening. Park with wind and sun.

This is my homescreen

I think the sheer pace of distractions in modern life (most clearly exemplified by smart phones and email) is the greatest risk to our sanity and wisdom as individuals and a species. A hyperbole for effect? Perhaps.

Below is my latest attempt at controlling my own human weaknesses by making all of the non-urgent apps (that includes email!) on my iPhone as difficult to get to as possible. I had previously tried deleting almost everything on my phone, but that didn’t last—I am only human.

Perhaps this a realistic compromise for me in the right direction. I am already spending less time mindlessly checking apps for updates. If you’re curious, try it and let me know if it does anything for you.

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A nice overview of restoring an old kanna blade. Although I wish I knew what the liquids were that he was using to lacquer (?) the blade with.

(Source: youtube.com)

When your city is covered in fog, only place to go is up.

When your city is covered in fog, only place to go is up.

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