For those of you visiting our storefront on Saturday (we’re open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or the book-release party (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.), here are some tips on parking and navigating the city of Covington, Ky.
If you are looking to visit our storefront after going to the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Braxton Brewing Co., here’s a handy map that shows you how. It’s less than half a mile – an easy 7-minute walk.
Where to park?
Parking in the Mainstrasse area of Covington can be easy or frustrating – depending on the time of day. Weekend nights are the worst because there are a lot of popular bars and restaurants one block over from us on Main Street.
If you are pressed for parking, try the free lot under the interstate where Pike Street intersects I-71/75. It’s noisy (duh), but is about a five-minute walk. There’s also a large free lot at the southern tip of Goebel Park and Pool.
Finally, a tip on safety. Covington is not dangerous. In 20 years of living in Northern Kentucky I’ve never been harassed or threatened – and I’ve walked all of the Covington neighborhoods many times during our four-year search for a building.
That said, don’t be dumb. This is a city. Lock your car, take normal city precautions and you’ll be fine.
A lot depends on the way we face up to experience. We can’t dodge it. We are all conscripts in the hands of destiny, and when destiny gives its marching orders we have to follow where it leads.
Men who long for peace are called to war, or they are barred by circumstances from following some work or profession on which their hearts are set. But because man is what Emerson calls “a golden impossibility” we still retain that liberty of spirit which gives us the last word.
A man may take experience like a sleep-walker, hardly conscious of the world outside himself, or he may skim it superficially and gain enough from it for his immediate ends, or he may take hold of it, use his eyes, his intelligence, his reason on it, so that out of it he wrests something that will remain with him like a finely tempered tool giving precision, certainty and drive to his actions. And with such a tool he begins to shape at last the destiny which began by shaping him – one of the things that it is good for us to remember when life is taking many into strange paths.
To quote a 17th century follower of Galen: “they who cultivate the good seeds which nature have set in them, prove not shrubs but Cedars in their generation. And to be in the form of the best of the Bad or the worst of the Good will be no satisfaction to them.”
While not as gorgeous as blacksmith-made hardware, the Whipple’s Carpenter Combination Bench Hook is an immensely clever way of creating a temporary workbench.
Patented in 1900 by Rollin P. Whipple, the sheet steel device screws to a surface to create a crochet on the front edge of the bench and an adjustable planing stop on the top surface.
Jeff Burks dug this advertisement up from The American Carpenter and Builder that was published in October 1911. The patent (below) shows the device constructed in a slightly different way, with an angled steel brace that holds boards for “taking off corners.”