Two years in 900 words or less, or I’m still feeling guilty this took so long, Mr. Sheffield

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About a decade ago, I walked into my English professor’s office for advising and couldn’t take my eyes off of his homemade writing slope. He was talking credits and prerequisites; I was thinking this guy didn’t know a tenon from … Continue reading


Creativity and lost sleep

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I lie in bed sometimes, my eyes closed and my mind letting go of the details of the day, when out of the darkness comes a shape. The shape is usually something I’ve seen that day, something my conscious mind … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson-style revolving bookstand

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After fifteen months of woodworking Zen, I’ve finally completed my version of the Thomas Jefferson-type revolving bookstand. The fiddleback maple bookstand includes thirty-two hand-cut mortise and tenons, wooden hinges on the five ratchet paddles, mother-of-pearl inlay on all of the … Continue reading

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