Are You Ready for Woodworker Safety Day? Or As I Like to Call It, “Not the Zombie Apocalypse”

  Let me start off by saying that safety is never a joking matter, – So why are you writing this post? – and in the short five months that I have been writing this blog, safety has occupied 5% of all posts on this website (now standing at 10%).  The last time I talked …read in detail

On the Radio :) … but not for woodworking :(

The morning weather was cool but humid with a slight breeze, but you knew it was going to be one of those days in which the pleasant weather was to be replaced with heat and humidity as the hours passed.  The overcast skies portended much.  As a leaf uncharacteristically fell from an oak tree on …read in detail

The Wood of the Cross

This year is my 10th anniversary of priestly ordination, or at least it will be on June 11.  Before I was ordained I spent 4 years studying at Saint Meinrad School of Theology and living with the monastic community there.  In the archabbey church there are many beautiful stained-glass windows.  One of my favorites was …read in detail

Just When I Thought It Wouldn’t Happen to Me …

Lets make one thing clear: I was certainly not expecting to be writing this blog entry this week.  I had a lovely little piece on some preliminary reports that showed the shavings (only garnered from boards planed with a #365 Stanley Jointer plane) from 3000 year old, spalted, birdseye, curly, Spanish, aromatic bubinga cured CANCER.  …read in detail

Dear Diary … (A Day in the Life of a Hobby Woodworker)

Dear Diary, This morning I awoke to a beautiful Saturday morning with the birds chirping and the sun shining, and I was reinvigorated and ready to tackle a new woodworking project.  I quickly dressed, had breakfast, and checked out the new woodworking videos on YouTube.  I couldn’t believe my luck.  All my favorite YouTubers had …read in detail

Yuz got skillz

I was a strange kid.  When I was in high school in the mid-nineties my peers were interested in watching Married with Children and playing on their PS1s.  (I was still slumming it with my NES.)  Sure I was happy to watch an episode of Married with Children; but if I flipped across PBS and …read in detail