Patina Reflections


Returning to wood and tools after a 20-year hiatus.

Baby Crib Slats

Last Saturday, Tyler and I focused on getting slats ready for the crib. The original design called for solid wood panels on the ends, but we decided to change this for a more contemporary and open appearance. Removing the two […]

Loading Hose

On a very cold morning in Kemmerer, WY I showed up for my first day on the job at the local coal mine.   Although the mining job paid three times my hourly wage as a gas station attendant, I nervously […]

Making shavings

The shelf underneath the drawers for my desk needed flattening.  With some experience now in getting a plane sharp and flat, planing is more fun.  So much fun in fact, that I found it hard not to get carried away. […]

Gluing Desk Legs

Assembly, or glue typically comes after sanding everything.  The many small pieces in this desk complicates the glue up, and I feared glue squishing out everywhere and ruinging my hard work.  So, after sanding and staining I spent time applying […]

#2 Yellow Wood Pencil

Identifying the most fundamental, basic and essential tool in the shop would be difficult.  But, I think that the yellow #2 wood pencil might get my vote.  From my earliest years, the yellow pencil symbolized achievement and creation.  The moment […]