Category Archives: Personal Favorites


The general miserableness of August has been bearing down on me this month. Heat, humidity, everything in the newspapers and mosquitoes have driven me to stay inside. There is a stack of favorite books to reread and stacks more of … Continue reading

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Dictum: The New Woodworking Mecca

After almost three decades of woodworking and writing about woodworking (and its occasional excesses), I am not easy to impress. I’ve been to all the big woodworking shows (including IWF and AWFS multiple times). And I’ve been to factories and … Continue reading

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Union: The Lost Shaker Village

The two closest Shaker communities to Cincinnati are also the most difficult to see. The White Water Shaker Village isn’t open to the public on a regular basis, though there is a dedicated group of people trying to change that. … Continue reading

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From the Ground Up

I was in elementary school when my father hurt his back so badly while working on the farm that his doctor confined him to bed. My bedroom was immediately down the hall from my parents’, and after school one day … Continue reading

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Chester Cornett at the Kentucky Folk Art Center

For many years, I have been an undying fan of the work of Chester Cornett (1913-1981), a traditional Eastern Kentucky chairmaker who crossed over to become an artist who lived out his last years in Cincinnati, just a few miles … Continue reading

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Interview with Core77, Part 2

The second half of my interview with Core77 was posted today (here’s the link), and I am deeply jealous of the lede that Rain Noe wrote at the top of the piece. It’s a nice piece of work, and it’s … Continue reading

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An Interview with Core77

Core77, a website for industrial designers, just published the first part of an interview with me on my research methods for my designs plus about 100 other little topics. If you’re wondering what the next book in the “Anarchist” series … Continue reading

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