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Lack of shop time

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything about my shop reorganization. The reason is, there hasn’t been any progress. My wife had minor foot surgery recently and isn’t supposed to be walking around, so I’m doing the (read: “all”) household chores she can’t: laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, groceries, running daughter to dance, pick up daughter from dance, etc. It’s not quite as bad as “Mr. Mom” from Lonestar, but that song keeps running through my head the last month!

Later this week she’s likely to get the ok from the doc to resume “active duty”, and she’s as anxious to get back to her routine as I am. One thing’s for sure: I’ll no longer take for granted everything she does around the house.


Joe Harmon & Splinter – Could this be next

If you’re a gearhead and you haven’t seen the current issue of WOOD (#186, Oct. ’08), get it and read about Splinter, a 200+mph supercar that Joe Harmon is building from wood. it’s unbelievable what Joe and his crew are doing. The car was on display at the IWF in Atlanta last week. WOOD mag editor Lucas Peters (who wrote the Splinter article) returned from the show and told me that he met some guys who drove from Arizona to Atlanta just to see the car!

At the end of the article, Lucas asked Joe what was next, after Splinter was completed. Joe’s response: “Maybe a wooden motorcycle.” Sorry to report that someone has beaten Joe to the punch:


Wood motorcycle

Wood motorcycle

Sneak Peek at Disney Wood Shop

Being a hot-shot editor at the world’s largest woodworking magazine has its fringe bennies. I threw my weight around a little (and Lord knows I’ve got enough to throw around) and got an exclusive tour of Mickey’s personal shop. Sorry for the poor quality of these photos, but The Mouse has a strict “no photos” policy, so I had to sneak them or else risk a visit from a couple of Mickey’s goons. Read more

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Hard to Say Goodbye …

Moving surely is hard. And if you only have to do it once or twice in your life, count your blessings. It’s not just the packing and the loading and highway time and the living out of boxes, but it’s also the changes in surrounding – the new places, people and culture. I suspect that in many ways, a move from Oklahoma to Iowa is probably one of the easier moves to make, though. The Midwest culture is very similar, the population centers are similar. Heck, the biggest noticeable difference is probably that I’m trading wheat fields for corn fields and cattle ranches for hog farms.

But that doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye to the ones you love. The ones you’ve spent so much of your life with. The ones that have grown up with you, spent time in your home.

I’m speaking, of course, of those built-in cabinets. It kills me that I finished them just in time to move away. Read more

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