I Wore a Beard Before Beards Were a Thing

So … I learned a new word this week: lumber-sexual – what part of the seedy underbelly of the Internet did he fall into without us?.  According to Urban Dictionary, he (not being a misogynist, it is gender specific) is defined as “a metro-sexual who has the need to hold on to some outdoor based …read in detail

So You’ve Heard of a Lazy Sunday, How About a Lazy Week?

In this week’s blog, I thought it might be interesting to take you on a journey through my week in woodworking.  The only problem with doing that is that it was a completely unproductive week – we think it has to do with the fact that we were talking unionizing and the ‘Man‘ just cut …read in detail

Happy Paper Anniversary! Paper, Really?!?

On the first day of the month of November, in the year of Our Lord, two thousand and thirteen at 1:01pm, central daylight savings time, the first ever MonkWerks video was uploaded to YouTube – and he is still as melodramatic as ever.  So Happy Anniversary!  If you will indulge me for a minute – …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