Category Archives: Personal Favorites

Hey Schwarz, Are You Chinese?

When you grow in Arkansas with even a hint of a swarthy complexion, you’re going to get bullied and harassed. When I entered fifth grade at Woods Elementary, my teacher asked me in front of the class if I was … Continue reading

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More Soft Wax Available Now

Katy has been hard at work making soft wax, and she now has 53 more tins to ship out immediately. Tins are $12 each and are available here through her etsy.com store. This is likely the last batch she will … Continue reading

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Vintage ‘Cheesecake’ Postcards for Your Shop

Years ago I visited a well-known tool collector and was completely charmed by a series of 1910 postcards that adorned his stairwell. Each postcard featured a modestly dressed woman posing with a tool. The surface of each postcard featured some … Continue reading

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Caption Challenge with an Elephant!

The image is from 1634 and needs a caption. ‘Nusquam tuta fides’ translates as ‘no trust is ever sure’ but don’t let that get in your way. –Suzanne Ellison

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A Better Shop Knife

I lost my shop knife while we were unpacking at Handworks this spring, and I have been on a quest since then to find its replacement. (The company that made my now-lost knife no longer exists.) I am dang picky … Continue reading

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The ‘Caveat Emptor Season’ has Begun

During the summer, tool manufacturers crank up the factories to create new products for the big selling season: September through Christmas. The manufacturers also hold media junkets to ply journalists and bloggers with free travel, meals and tools. This blog … Continue reading

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A Saddlebag for my Workbench

I’m a tool chest guy. At the end of the day all my tools go back in my chest to protect them and to soothe my head (I am a tidy German). When I’m working with my tools at the … Continue reading

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