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"craftsman" Discussed on Essential Craftsman Podcast
"Feel like he's reminded me that even with the central craftsman now does garden video and we mentioned that we gardening's not our thing. But I mean I don't know what to say. Sometimes you gotta try new things. What that garden video was. I think people enjoyed it, and it certainly is a Nice Garden but i. don't know that kind of that hits all of those. Things, also, we are Testing videos and and you know I think we'll probably maybe do a little more gardening type of content here and there because I. It was nice to do something different to be honest. I I kind of enjoyed. Just talking about something different, and and as it turns out, I'm not surprised, but there's decent amount of expertise among the audience on this, so that's a take takeaway from me. You know we fairly recently did that video about that pressure vessel and my? System in the shop and then. This garden video just absolutely confirms what I have long suspected that there's just this huge database out there of people that are watching our channel that really know some stuff. At a deeper and deeper and deeper levels in it, it feels like a luxury to me to be tapped into my own personal encyclopedia. It's better than ask. Google, because because it's just like real world experience that people are bringing. Yeah, and I have I have a feeling, only a very very small sliver of people actually leave comments and contribute in that way. I don't on I'm watching you too and. So it's probably like a tip of the iceberg thing in other words. If there's some really bright people shown up in the comments, there's probably some really freak show. Bright people who are paying attention and in fact we've. We've received emails from people who like that are kind of like listen. Here's what you need to know and yeah, there's there's a real it's a real neat. You know group it's. It's an unbelievably neat group and I. Don't know if there will ever be a time when. We or anybody else? Needs or is able to really fully utilize the the knowledge base. It's just percolating here in this. In this group of people that are that are watching this channel, but. Kind of Harkening back to win. When Nick Pelletier and Evelyn had that overwhelming problem in the response of the channel, then in that one particular way that that young. Family, needing help I don't know, but it feels to me like it. It puts a resource in our hands of information and knowledge and. and. I don't know we'll see if there comes a time when it's actually important, but for now it's you know it's not just essential craftsmen, either and this has been on the Internet for a long time. These forums and collections of people in Niche hobbies, really really solving and helping each other on these complex technical issues in whatever. Topic, they're in. But. Even comments sections on youtube art like this garden video has all of a sudden brought all this really helpful gardening information you think about how much trial and error humanity had to had to do even just a few years ago. We'd be like trying to work. That doesn't work and now how much time and money is saved by just getting like the the actual solution to the thing without having test all these things I mean. Twenty years ago, you might have just tested adding a bucket full of sand or not or keep. All this testing could have resulted in several years of wrecked gardens. Trite, you know in fact in that happened does have well. What didn't happen to your side or something, so this is the confusing thing is re years ago I took. Or two three a bagel trailer, load silo, my leaf Mulch, and so I took a load up there that wasn't very decomposed and dumped it out, and he put on his garden, and for whatever combination of reasons that year his garden failed like like he couldn't make anything grow except the garlic while and so he it he abandoned that site and moved up and put some raise box gardens up by his house, and he's not asking me for anymore leaf Mulch I can tell you that. Wow and I'm not sure that it's I don't. You know people have commented what those trees been sprayed with. There may have been some herbicides sprayed on some of those leaves I. Don't know if there was some of that and when I took cy, but that's just what you're speaking of. The trial and error necessarily include error. Whatever so what happened is he still abandoned that? That's garden site is still garden site has a little fence around it in the cows walk in and out in grays on. On the weeds and that's it. Everybody commented like get the soil tested. How how do you actually test soil? Where do you take it I know I get you to take a bucket, but Tony Extension Office down at the courthouse Osu Oregon State. University has a county extension officer and I have flirted with doing that and haven't done it but I'm going to do it now. Boys I'm going to do it now and see what's really going on. Be careful not to just draw out of the MULCH on the top to get down in there where the roots are, and then that's I guess that's where the we that's where the roots are going so there. That is what he says. The top dressing I put on mostly for weed suppression. Bam, it just kills weeds and keep some moisture in, but I really appreciate the information well. Thanks for listening everybody if you have questions. Put Him on our. Comments on Youtube. We appreciate you chiming in. You can send questions to us in this way on our website at essential craftsman dot com slash podcast and we will can next time..
"craftsman" Discussed on Essential Craftsman Podcast
"Yeah. It is just exactly what they said he would just. Try To. Be Flexible already stamps on what he would have time with the student and he say snub free time. Is a good one. That is an answer to one of his questions. And how bad is he had to be on the job early Wednesday. She s got the bus. He would head out to the San Fernando Valley he would make sure to be home and weekends when his skews were with him, they would. Hatch be, they have a cabin. Yet makes sense how he was so interested in productivity and efficiency and building quickly because he keeping family, because he had to be there when his kids got off the bus and put them on the bus, so he only had so many hours in the day, and he had to build the whole house or whatever it was. Oh, that's really neat. He's very active in. Broadcasting. Social, she has got US sets a strong social consciousness very strong. in a he told me about the story that he was putting to jail for a protest against Other things yet number. Getting them war. He's against. Yeah, the war. Men of many interested in. Our their books that Larry recommended regularly for anyone to read or that that you would pass onto anyone listening to this. A lot for me for meditation, everytime talks about writing and reading and books about each not Han Fei mcchord drawn. Eckhart Dolly Oh all this meditation books that he has influence me with a lot labor scaglione. Okay, so he was really a serious. Advocate for meditation, Allah and invasion of reading and learning learning and practicing it at the same time, so all these these not Han is one of the best who are night. I know with my favorite now because he was the one who introduced me to him and a lot of input shea. Woods loss. and. He likes to read a lot about National Geographic. Sounds like he was just kind of learning and reading anything he could get his hands on almost. Like yeah. Lego said he is a searcher. Is Never Stop Learning and everything I actually I call him encyclopedia because when I don't know anything I. Would ask him and I said no I'd I still have so many things to learn never upset that he is this. You know why read there and he's just humble, right? Yeah, simple person! Mueller said she hasn't watched videos of Larry since he passed away. And that makes perfect sense, but. I'll just relay that. There are thousands and probably hundreds of thousands of comments from people all over the world, commenting daily on his videos, and we do have a big fan base. We have a to actually. There was one group who created a Fantasia Beijing, him and facebook. There was another one from ours, so there's kind of two groups there that for him. And Up to now, I'm still getting a lot of this is one of the Admin. Getting a lot of invites on. If they could be a part of the group, God yeah, well, that's great. He's he's got a bunch of fans. All over the world and his videos are probably seeing being watched by more people now than they ever have been so however, many eyeballs were on those videos in the nineties. I would bet there's more people. People watching him now because people can pull it up on their phone very easily, we will link to the. We'll put these videos in the description of this. If you're listening if I'm assuming for you, listeners that this is you know a lot of these have watched them, but if I go to the description and we'll have links to videos there. I would like to mention also before he was diagnosed with cancer in two thousand one. he was invited by To to demonstrate how to build would house impala. They, both Windsor and they they are so. They also. Published a book. Efficient wish in Polish ruin I don't know what happened to that book, but I do have some magazines and prior to ballance invitation. He was also invited to in Japan, but we didn't decide. You decided not to do it, but they. There's also an article that the Japanese. You know again at three Japanese here so he built a house or frame the house in the House yeah demonstrated how to frame house. He was invited to to promote his book that was written in Polish right and I am at the time. I'm I. I remember correctly that he was sorted having symptoms yeah gusty. Let's start and didn't have a chance to look around. So how long did that take? How long? Did it take from the frame that house over there. How long was the trip? We were just a few days. Just more more of. Super by saying China. End To create support for the riot that was put together. Can I mention something really important for me as well where he went my mom the first time to the Philippines. And you know is Third World Country and our alley? In order to Thomas Live. As a light canals that. Open an analysis so so dangerous for anybody kids anyone that can. You know fall and that filthy canal and We have pictures of it that he would. Just he just automatically got would cupboard that just just to protect all the people that just sow spontaneously is on being safe and helping in serving, and it's just like. An innate thing for him is so naturally that way and I'm glad that they met because both of them are like that. My Mom's the same way. Just an automatic thing for them just know agendas nothing just they just WanNa do that as a human being. Yeah, no nothing in return or something like that and he just loved the dates. He loved to build any lab to plant. When he came, he loved to sing. And how? They will to Retie even besides the habitat for humanity I remember him being invited with toxin, the schools down south. Yeah. In Bruce King, he was featured in the newspaper for doing that. And between that he was sometimes because he knows how the speak fluid Spanish. He thought Oh. and Goose Bay Library. He thought Spanish. He starts stations -fluenced Conversational in Spanish. She'd been in La. He thought for I. Don't Know How many years sign languages. And he'd. He is utterly has a lot of credentials. But he chose to be a carpenter and a teacher. Shelley is I. Think almost like twelve of them You know it's an I have. The certificate is really funny. It's he just setzer so? It's later. It's not early on that. I knew all about this later. Unless you ask him, he would not say he's just so well. He's very humble. He doesn't like the Brag about his accomplishments and stuff he just likes to do. You see in the action of. Service, yeah, we are already beyond dime here. No, we're good. This is this is really terrific. I can't thank you enough for letting me come over and have this conversation. If you're listening in your car, come to the Youtube Channel, and there may be a video and I hope someday we'll meet again and my dad, who's a big Fan who is actually the? You know the host of our channel.
"craftsman" Discussed on Essential Craftsman Podcast
"Of the essential craftsmen podcast. This might be the most meaningful show we've done yet. And before we dig in I. Want to set the table a little bit to give some context to this interview. Most of our listeners and viewers are familiar with Larry Hawn Larry is probably one of the top five most famous carpenters in the world. And he's. He's passed away as of nine or ten years ago and Neela. Who you'll meet later is his wife or his widow. Now, she only lives a couple of hours I. Guess an hour and a half from Roseburg where we are, so it was a relatively short drive for some of us, probably many of us. Larry is a bit of an icon. He is the ultimate carpenter builder. He doesn't fit the. As A. kind of rough and tumble construction guy. He's eloquent. He's intelligent. He's thoughtful. He's clean. He's. Athletic although deceptively, so because he at least in the videos as we all see him, he doesn't appear to be some sort of superhuman, but his grace and his technique really shine a when you when we all watched him frame that house. So and for me and my dad in particular now that we are sort of in the video if not business just the video world, we feel an extra level of connection to Larry because of his skills as a video presenter and A. Creative. Content maker just from the previous generation before we start. Let me give a little background about Larry. Just so when we start this discussion with meal. If you are familiar with him, you'll know the basics Larry was born in Nebraska. He grew up in a home with no power freezing cold. He found his way to California. In the fifties. I I should say he was in the military before that. He found his way to California in the fifties where he. Started building, and helped developed, and was a part of a very serious construction boom that lasted decades. Larry developed his skills as carbon working with his brother, framing houses, just lightning fast and assemble these skills and techniques later in his life into a book, the very efficient carpenter, which as far as I understand. It is still sort of the Bible for production. Carpentry and how to. Framing! Is Really Great. You can buy on Amazon right now and we've got a copy of it. It's been fun to flip through. And as a matter of fact, my dad and I are working on a video well. My Dad's working on kind of putting some of his thoughts together about the things. He's learned from Larry in his book. That made the biggest impact. It's a big list, but you can expect that video coming out soon. Aside from being the ultimate carpenter Larry wrote a lot. He contributed articles that were published in fine home building. He wrote his book very efficient carpenter. He wrote a memoir later in his life. And, probably more things that I'm. I'm not really even aware of, but it's his writing to me is one of the additional thing that just sets him apart as a unique. Tradesmen, not not every tradesman is writing in their spare time, so that should give you an idea if if you are not familiar with them, I would direct you after this interview to go to Youtube and type in Larry Hawn, because he's probably most well known for his video series. He did I believe. It's three parts about framing a house, and it's very much how to it's. It's just really incredibly well done. Larry narrates displays all of the techniques in his book in framing this House which we mentioned in this interview we find out. It was built for his sister. So hopefully that gives you an idea who larry is if you didn't know already this conversation with meal and meals, daughter Cerita joins partway through the interview as well and they were both just. Just really lovely people and I. I just really enjoyed it tremendously as you can imagine, this conversation was not super easy for me La and CERITA because it's. They Miss Larry tremendously in in ways that the only family can, and so I. I really appreciate them. Having this conversation and helping to perpetuate the legacy that we feel of Larry and hopefully it reminds them of the parts of him that you know we're not familiar with I should say for me in particular. This concept of legacy and families especially fresh be my wife's father just passed away, and so we're just kind of finishing the funeral, and the the thoughts around legacy and the. The aspect of a of a man's life. What is? Learned and remains in it's it's just really important and special, and I'm I feel privileged.
"craftsman" Discussed on Essential Craftsman Podcast
"A and it's very. It's very. How do you say it's all skin? But it used to be called me. Yeah, yeah, and it's hard. It's hard cotton when it's cold I get stiff. Yeah, but it's pretty waterproof and you can't reckitt. I tried that in construction is just too stiff and limiting. The key is to just be moving leads to be even if you're wet, whatever if you keep your your body temperature so true that the way that is described as that the heat is in the work. Yeah, you're cold work. Just move around. Start working than you'll get warm. Yeah, and you may not get dry, but you'll get warm. Yeah, that's right, so we run we on. On rain gear, so you can spend a lot of money rain gear and I think Gortex is probably the best, but yeah. A tough worksite destroys an expensive coat. Right so most you just buy cheap coats and thrash and buy another cheap coat and thrash him. Keep a hard hat on or in construction. A hard hat works pretty good. I mean it's dry. Yeah, you know and. To think I remember in Phoenix. And I'm sure and Vegas get so used to having no rain your that you. Would leave tools and materials and things in the back of my truck. Just because what? What's the worst thing is going to happen, but. Separate from being stolen, and then once in a blue moon, I would wake up, and it would have reigned on like twelve bags of concrete or something, that I didn't want to get rain like maybe some electric, that happened several times and every time I remember being just so annoyed at rain, and almost entitled the like, not having rain and it really just. Just, kind of goes to show how quickly you get, accustom to the conditions you're in number one and number two. There's always something to complain about. It does and the same thing happen to be in Las Vegas? I got wrecked for rain. I came back here and I, never I never got back to the mindset that I had a kid growing up. Up where it didn't wet met. If you're wet, did matter if your buddy? Yeah, exactly I, so talk about Wyoming so after working in the woods here you'd were carpentry work and saw milling in Wyoming and that that place has a a really what you say to a wide climate. What's the word to describe a yeah? I never gets hot there but. But it gets. It's kind of hot for awhile. It had a short enough growing season. Though that you can be pretty confident. You'RE NOT GONNA get a lot of heat, but it does get cold and it's windy cold. What was that like, so? We were in the big horn. Basin Powell Wyoming we moved from here. In nineteen eighty, one moved to Powell. It's hard to even describe how much I loved. The bighorn basin and Powell and I've often thought I shouldn't have left. It's kind of regarded. The bighorn basin is kind of a banana belt. Sort of they say, or at least people live their claim that Oh i. don't know if it is or not, but the temperatures are a little more mild than robbery, downtown, rock springs, and and Evanston down. There is so harsh and. Anyhow. The bighorn basin is not not bad, but still having said that. Move there got there late summer, September maybe. And it is, it's sweat. It's generally sweat shirt. and Wool Jan wool shirt and Cotton pants weather until. The first of November and then you better have some snowpacks and your long johns, and another layer in a coat and insulated cover all. What do you mean? SNOWPACKS snowpack a pack is a a big boot, rubber and leather rubber on the bottom leather on the uppers with the big felt lion guarding, put a couple of pairs of socks on, and in the felt liner, and your in your packs, and now your feet or not too bad. But and but insulated coveralls. Everybody was wearing insulated coveralls by Thanksgiving every year because it was down. You know zero at night and. Maybe forty or forty five during the day, but then. Generally starting about the middle of December or just after Christmas until about the middle of February, you'd better buckle up because you get down. I I remember vividly going to work and looking out the window of our apartment. There was.
"craftsman" Discussed on Essential Craftsman Podcast
"I think there's level empathy that comes there. And there's a level of. Fear. I mean. I see the effects every day of not controlling. An individual's diabetes. This morning I had do an amputation because somebody was not. Controlling their diabetes. Amputation this more this morning. Holy smokes well. That was a civil war thing. Was A tow. It wasn't a leg yet, but I see the effects every day of that from. If an individual is not control their diabetes. Their body doesn't heal appropriately. Diabetes cannot be ignored. In fact, I had somebody tell me yesterday that You know I just ignored my diabetes for a few day few months and I hope hoped that it would go away. We'll that never happens. Then never happens. If you have it, it's best to. Do what's necessary to take care of on my dad. And my mom never let me use my diabetes. Excuse for anything and. I think because of that. It made me stronger In addition to me, having type one diabetes. I have a son who is seven who two years ago was diagnosed with type one diabetes. That was. One of the hardest things I've ever dealt with. Because I felt like I was passed on the worst part of me to my progeny. And that's. Awful it wasn't my fault, but it still. Messed with me in the mental game a little bit. But I need to convey to my son that. I cannot use that as an excuse, and he cannot use that as an excuse for anything. If he wants to be a doctor, then he can still be a doctor if he wants to climb mountains, and then he can still climb mountains. guardless of how he? Of what he wants, he can still do it. As long as he controls his diabetes given, it cannot be an excuse for not doing something Do you think people either? Overestimate or underestimate the ability of the human body to heal itself. Absolutely I think that the people both over and underestimate and certain populations. seemed. Do both children are younger? People think they're immortal that nothing will affect them long term and sometimes adults. Think, everything will be fine regardless of the. Behaviors or habits that they have for example, smoking delays, healing or stops healing. All the time. It's not some of the time. It's all the time it either delays it or stopped. Smoking does absolutely tobacco smoke. Can Slow, stop or delay bones from healing. It can stop wounds from healing. It can stop surgical wounds from healing and can stop other wounds from healing. And just like uncontrolled diabetes can do similar things. I have this conversation with patients all the time I tell them you need to stop smoking. You need to cut back. You're smoking. You need to stop smoking. There's not a day that goes by in my clinic that I. Don't say that to people. And when they do, the results are profound. They heal quickly and things. Get back to where they should. You and I have shared a love of reading. Yes, I got. It didn't say that quite right. You and I both love to read, and as it turns out we we share a few authors, no And there's no question in my mind that you've read way more technical stuff than I have. But give me your opinion your experience with reading a book versus an audio book. I I have really never ingested an audio book. What are your thoughts assume you've done some audio books. Absolutely I got one okay right now all right talk to me that there is a book called the Gutenberg Allergy by a guy. Allergies and I can't remember his name, but you would like the book I'll see if I can find my cop. I can't find my copy I loaned it, but he talks about that. He loves books. He loved the experience of reading and then he sort of grudgingly one chapter. Chapter said well. You know the audio book. Thing is okay, so gimme your boil that down for me. Just a little bit before I start either wasting my time or find a way to invest more appropriately I love both for different reasons. If I'm driving, I can drive forever if I have an audiobook, and I am always I. Listen to the radio I. Listen To podcasts. I listened to the to audiobooks. I usually got a couple books going on at one time. Maybe an audio book and I'm reading something else. Books are nostalgic in some way in you know. I still remember the first time reading to kill a Mockingbird I. Remember the power that I felt reading that book. I. Still Remember. The first time may read Lord of the Rings or last of the Mohicans I remember the the excitement I felt reading those books I'm not sure I would get the same excitement hearing audiobook. Yell. Great Observation But I. I think that reading. Invokes your imagination a little bit more and it's. Fascinating and pal and powerful can grip you in and. And grab you and you stay up till four o'clock in the morning reading when you should probably go to bed, so doesn't audiobook transport you to another place like reading a book? Does yes it for me? It does but it it. Not as easily okay. So the thing that I I don't know that I could give up is the ability to stop? Stare at a sentence for while. Run back up the page to the top, and take another run at that sentence and see if I understand it differently. You know what I mean. Who Pause, lay the book down stairs the ceiling. Pick it back up, but an audio book just keeps moving man. And you can put on your phone or whatever reverse thirty seconds and then here that again right I do that all the time. How often does the reader of an audio book record? Voice while and it was kind of a technical book, Human Action for anybody who attention and I kind of had to quit, because just like the the pace and the voice, and I might not have been the reader. It might have just been designed just that. It's not a book that is like a story or that can be read that way. Sometimes it can enhance the experience. The voice the voice. Absolutely, there's a flip side to that. Absolutely I'm thinking of the classic recording of the screw tape letters and that man's voice. He's got this beautiful, formal, reserved, English accent, tastic exactly. That's perfect typecasting. Right exactly and. I guess everybody's interpretation can be different. Malcolm glad reads his own books. And I really like him as an author, but his voice. ADDS to the experience I think I. Read Tipping Point. Was that Malcolm Guel, I think. And Blink and talking to strangers out liars. Pretty cool well. Thanks for coming on the show. Brandon do either of you have anything you want to add to the conversation now. I just I..
"craftsman" Discussed on Essential Craftsman Podcast
"Has ever happened around where you working or to you. And how handled? Loveless Neil five cast is a cut trees. Outside, just keep up the good work. Great, question I think your name was Jack. and you work in the brush, too. So you know what you probably have an idea. What injuries look like or feel like? So I have been blessed and protected. I will assert because I've witnessed it and I believe I've only had some cracked ribs or broken ribs, one time a trust kind of fell, and I fell with it and I got tangled up and I hurt my ribs. You know I've smashed tote. Broken toe smashed fingers, no big deal, not worth mentioning A few stitches, so what? The two worst injuries that I've been around I. was I pulled my sawmill when I was a kid at that point. Toward I don't know not very old. twenty-one. Up the northbound Kwa River. To a place that had some trees that I was buying to saw into cross arms, and we'll talk more about that later, but when I pulled up, the logger was nowhere to be found, but the cat the bulldozer was running I could hear the bulldozer running but I Walked around. And I got up the side of the hill, a little bit and I was yelling. I heard somebody yell back, and it was a father, son, duo, mark and Neil Talcott. And Mark was probably twenty four then and neal was probably in his early sixties, and when I got to where they were, neal was crouched on the ground kind of supporting marks leg, because market cut down a little further tree. You know maybe a fourteen inch stump big tall. And, as it went down, it landed. The end of it well. Probably, fifteen or twenty feet from the and it Kinda landed on a stump and whipped in a certain way that the short end the stump ended Logdi, just cut off kickback and came sideways and hit him in the knee, and he had a compound fracture right at the top of his Cork boot boom, broke his leg hard and one or two of the bones in his were sticking out right at the top of the boot and man he was hurt. He was just hurt. You know and. To his credit I don't think he was crying, but he was not quiet. You know he was hurting and somehow or another they had already gotten a call down to the glide volunteer fire department, and apparently there was an ambulance on the way and I didn't know what to do, and so I was just Kinda. Standing by and I heard ambulance miss the road, so I went down and direct, and they got up there, and they put some sort of an inflatable cast around his leg, and pumped it up to a mobilize it, and they could get him on the stretcher. and Audi went, so that was that was the worst accident I've ever been up close to, but that's far from the worst logging accident that I have been in the neighborhood of or been aware of. As far as construction accidents. Cuts skill saw cuts. Cut Off Finger. lots of nail shots. But one particular time I was working in Wyoming. We lived there five years on this building for a K and t oilfield services I. Don't remember the name of the outfit, but. There was a high roof, and it was frosty and cold outside in a great room, and it was twenty two feet from the peak. This kinda rotunda down to a slab floor, concrete slab, and there were a bunch of young guys up there run, and I think one or two more probably stoned, or at least we're thinking about. Getting stalled when they got off work, they were that type. And all of sudden I heard this Yale and I looked over in time to see this young guy. He fell through a skylight. The scaife skylights were two feet by four feet and I. Don't know how you fall through a hole. It's two feet wide in one dimension. How do you get both feet into that whole to same time? But he came, and he had a sidewinder saw in his right hand, and this cl- trigger pulled, and that saw was whining all the way to the ground, and he hit the the slab, and the saw had the slab. Slab and blew up i. mean it just went to pieces. And he jumped up and Kinda hobbled around little circle, and then collapsed, and his pelvis was broken in his hip, was blown up, and he was hurt unit, and so they held him off, but I. I've just been kind of sheltered I. Don't know exactly how or why, but I've seen. A lot of near misses. I've had a few near-misses, but nothing any more serious than that nothing really awful. Yeah, it's hard to imagine what it'd be like to be on a job site where there's a death and those happen all the time, but a couple of years ago and electricity friend of mine. was on a job and a guy got electrocuted. And that's the last I heard of it. The the contractor quickly went out of business out of business, and who knows what, but just when I heard that I was kind of reminded. Oh my gosh accidents! Happen they do and they have. They used to happen a lot more. They still happen a lot. Yeah, the comments on the channel I have read now accounts firsthand eyewitness accounts of things that I have never seen in some I've never even thought of. It's just a moment's inattention. Just just for a split second you know under good safe working conditions, just making a bad assumption or not thinking it's just it's amazing how quick things happen so? I just last week, I came close to losing my bride because she pulled out into an intersection without looking to the right I check, and somebody would blast through there on a red light. You know hadn't even taken their foot off the gas in a forty five mile an hour speed zone. Yeah, just right by the bumper on her car, and it's the same way on a job site. Things happen in a moment. Yeah, and sometimes with those consequences could question well. Thanks to everyone. Everyone who submitted a question? If you would like to include a question for the next episode like this do that on our website at essential craftsman dot com slash podcast, we may not include all the questions. There's a lot of them that we may not have a good answer to, or maybe we'll think about it, but if it's a good question and we feel like we have something to say, we will give it our best shot. Thanks for listening.
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"Which one would you choose? I let the content on both channels and keep up at work. Guys, thanks! Okay, Charlie I have I have a knee-jerk cancer, but before it's an oversimplification, no doubt. So, first of all, I think you need to kind of understand yourself. You need to understand what you're drawn to and what you like to look at and would hold your attention in the trades. I mean if you have sort of an inclination. You probably should be thinking about. Using your waiting your decision based on what you're drawn to, but if that's not clear, become an electrician man because there are. There are formal benchmarks standards in almost anywhere you go. Associated with being an electrician that enable you to step into areas of responsibility to an employment at the residential or commercial or industrial level. You are automatically distance from the millions of other guy's your same age who would be competing for whatever niche you were going into by that specific technical. Know How it's one of the handiest things you can know at home I mean. You can keep your house from burning down. You can solve problem for all of your friends and neighbors. It's an eminently tradeable in barter -able. Skill. It doesn't require all the tools in the world I mean. A journeyman electrician worked pretty much with his bags and they don't weigh much. You don't small tools. upright very off your upright. You're I mean Yeah you're upright. Now, if you're playing afraid of electricity, okay, that's a problem, but it's most of the time it's clean or cleanish. Your seldom lifting anything heavy unless you're pulling a line through a conduit is just so have to pick one. And maybe maybe this is because I have always been sort of intimidated and unable to really wrap my head around electricity really effectively and so I think wow, that would be a thing to learn, but. If you do go into electrical. Learn all you can about low voltage stuff, too. Because that is going to continue to dominate in the re, it's going to dominate everywhere. Learn everything you can about low voltage along with the high jets. Yeah I think that's right. I thought about this question a lot and It's tough. It's re there's no one answer. It's really tough. There's so many great trades for so many different great reasons if you are interested in owning a business and and and and having employees. That's different. That's GonNa be a different answer than if you WanNa work with your hands, and you don't want to have to have that kind of drama, and you would rather have a steady paycheck, so it's. It's a tough answer. Being Electricity is a great a great route, though can't go wrong with that, no matter what you gotTa, do something where you have to learn. Something like being attrition. Where you really have to educate yourself, otherwise you'll be competing with anybody who can just pick up the the basic materials and tools at Home Depot, so So definitely, you want to differentiate yourself, and as another example of that like HVAC repair or something like that you know where you're where you're kind of inside of a of a machine or something that you can don't that not everybody wants to dive into without some training, so make sure there's training involved. Yeah, and so one more thing. With Electric? It's kind of like doctors right I mean I've heard guys who go into Podesta Tree Because there, there's almost never an emergency. Yeah, if you're on call, okay, it's not a big deal unless you have your at a loss. You know if you're on, call it a hospital, too, but. They wanted to control their schedule. And if you're a plumber man, you might get called Christmas Eve for problem. That's wrecking somebody's Hol- holiday. Yeah, usually that doesn't happen with an electrician. Predictable hours predictable environment, yeah, good question, Charlie and good luck with that and let us know what you do. There's so many great ones it's. It's There's no one right answer there of course. I essential craftsman. The SA- question for you more of a question slash comment. This is hooty. Speaking into the speak pipe from Pennsylvania. I worked for five years. At a job where? My boss. More business owner. lost his temper on the regular. And this is a response to the question. You were asked about losing your temper on the job site. I worked for five years in a carpenter environment. I fell in love with it immediately. But I got to the point where I was being yelled at for things that I was doing the right way in that's when I decided to quit and things kind of fell apart for a little while, and then I switched jobs, and now I work as a recycling sorting specialists and doing cutting torch work. I just wanted to know your thoughts on that. Thank you. Who Do you for the question? I don't know how old you are, but I'm GONNA assume you're in your late twenties, maybe early mid twenties. So first of all I'm sorry that you had to work for a two year. Old Man, anybody who has responsibility and construction who can't. WHO's yelling all the time for no good reason even when you do something right? you probably should acquit him after the first three months. You know what I mean. I mean. You can't try to get an education. You're working you like carpentry. I'm sorry ran into one of those bozos. But you got so I'm GonNa, assume now, so my brother-in-law. Jack Trowbridge has been very successful guy here in Roseburg and for a long time he was in the. Scrap business he and a partner to now he's primarily metal fabrication. He makes the trailers like the great northern trailer that I pull around and he makes big stuff. But I have watched a lot of people in his scrap yard, working good men. WHO ended up in a job, running a big long cutting torch a torch with about a three foot. Stem on it, so they can stand upright and cut apart scrapped at their foot level. You can't if you're someone who's drawn to carpentry, and you are understanding it and you can, you can visualize a process, and and you can work at height, and you can cut lengths, and you can read a tape measure. And you can interpret plans more or less. You've got to get out of that like yesterday. Because from now on in the United States everything from the neck down hootie is minimum wage. It's minimum wage. If what you're doing is only done using that, which exists below your chin. You have to get somewhere where you're using your head and carpenters pretty good spot for that, so don't get comfortable there. Even if nobody's badgering you and find somebody who will teach you, something will appreciate. Good work. Will Bust your chops when you mess up, and then we'll just keep. Keep giving you a chance to become a carpenter or something. Don't don't settle in where you're at a spot for you I gentlemen mark here from Tucson. Enjoy both your channels and I'm slowly hammering my way through the blacksmith course when I find the time. My question is several episodes ago in E C Two. You talked about not wanting to dip your saw into the Dorner. Tree pronounced that right? And I didn't know what that was. So I do some investigation and found out about that tree, but I could not find a reference for the name Dorner. Is that a person place or thing? What is the origin of that name? Thank you. Okay Mark First of all, thank you for thank you for trusting US and taking that black course i. hope that I hope it's working out for you and. I'd be anxious to get your feedback on once you dive back into it on kind of the lay of the course. And Good Luck Blacksmith in Tucson I mean. I know what it's like Blacksmith in Roseburg, Oregon in July and August in front of a propane forge so..
"craftsman" Discussed on Essential Craftsman Podcast
"Probably, fifteen or twenty feet, from the and it Kinda, landed on a stump and whipped in a certain way that the short end the the stump log just cut off. Kickback and came sideways and hit him in the knee, and he had a compound fracture right at the top of this pork mu boom broke his leg hard and one or two of Mona Genre, sticking out right at the top of the boom and man. He was hurt. Okay welcome to another episode of the essential craftsmen podcast I'm Nate I've got my dad here the essential craftsman. How're you doing? I guys doing good. We're doing a voicemail discussion today. We've got a handful of really good questions. If you want to submit a question for us to answer, you can do that on our website. At essential craftsman dot com slash podcast. Let's jump right in. High Central Craftsman team. A My name's Callum I'm a carpenter joiner in Scotland, and after working for a company for about seven years is that? Recently start up my own business. It just in January there. And already I had trouble getting payments of two clients, not through the quality of work, but more the clients trying to haggle prices after the fact, and after agreements were made. It's not something you can speak to any advice. On how to deal with that without ruining relationships are reputation. Okay so that the first of all? I am partially Scottish. My Maternal Great Grandmother, my paternal Great Grandmother, was. Elizabeth Mc Gregor and she came from Calgary Canada and I have solar, and so that so I mean it's you to write that. I've learned that there was essentially a genocide declared on the McGregor clan. Way Back when by the crown and they were run out a lot of them emigrated to Canada where they could stay alive and. And so I love your Brogue Man I. Love the way that Scottish brogue it I mean it resonates so and I love the name column. It is hard to recover from non payment, so the whole idea of entering into an agreement and getting a contract and getting your deposits and getting to the end, and then have somebody not want to pay you the full price, even though you did good work. That just indicates a character flaw in that person that you have to learn to recognize before you sign the agreement, but you just started as a contractor in January. See Haven't learned that yet. And maybe some of these people are family or friends, and and that speaks to your concern about relationships and reputation. So the impossible, but best way through that, when when those people come along in that happens is to give away what you can give away and take their name out of your contact list and never worked for them again. But the real answer is is spent some time vetting. Those clients dude the reason. Big Construction Company succeed is because they have credit departments. They thoroughly vet into a credit history research project on anyone. They give a price, too. because. When you give them a price, you're committing to a contract and you're going to be held to that, and you're expecting the other party to hold to it also, but if they have a reputation for slow pay or non payment, it doesn't matter how great that job looks. You gotta run away. How do you do? That is a new car contractor when you just desperately need work, I can't answer that. But. The concept is right the other. There's a couple other things you've got to learn right away that. Trouble is a general contractor will come from twenty percent of your clients, and so you need to identify that twenty percent early and cross them off your list. Refer them to a competitor that you do not think highly of and let your twenty percent be his problem. And you have to handle your deposits so that by the end of the job. They're not ahead of you so if they completely flake on the on the On the retainer for some reason, at least you've satisfied your costs. there was another point which I forgotten. Nate, what have you got? What do you got to tell you about this I thought when I is. You're worried about someone ruining their reputation, and certainly these people are doing that. Yeah, first and foremost. someone's reputation getting ruined when this happens, try and secondly when I've hired contractors. Very often they'll ask for a big, not a down payment, but a payment towards the thing as much as half of the whole cost of the job and on a big job like that big block fence I did I. Think I gave the Guy like twenty or thirty thousand dollars I had met him a week before I, did as much homework as I could, but. Hopefully you're doing that. Because if the person is not willing to give you X. amount of dollars, you know right off the bat or they're. They're worried about that. Than doubt might be a red flag that they are going to give you trouble later on also, and that's them extending some trust, and if they're worried about that, that's fair, but that that could be a slight indicator that the person doesn't like handing money over so. Seems like most good contractors I've worked with are collecting money. Right off the bat before they give up any time. Labor materials anything like that and the way you defend that so because there are crooked contractors, it will take big deposits and disappear, but the way you defend that asking for money before you've done work is to let them know that you have to buy material and once that material is committed. Committed and used on job. The money cannot be retrieved and so maybe maybe they're. Deposit is made out to you and the the vendor or the supplier. Maybe you find some other way. Maybe you do the demolition I without getting a deposit, and soon as demolition has done, and material is ordered wham. You get a big chunk of money, but the takeaway is. You have to understand the people better somehow. So that, you're not surprised at the end by this disreputable behaviour that they're bringing to the table and the other thing is I would tell every young contractor. You have to stop thinking about the value of your work in terms of what you would be willing to pay, because that has no bearing on what you should be willing to charge. What that means is you have to raise your prices. Because if you do not? If you do not receive enough money for your work to pay your overhead and some amount of profit in a very short period of time, you will have starved out. You'll be working for somebody else. That's treating you poorly, and those people won't be able to call you back for your next for the next project that they want you to do for them because you. You won't be in business, so raise your prices..
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"Man I was blown away that the Comanche essentially once they weaponized the horse. Ruled the plains. There's a list in there. I think two dozen tribes they. Drove to extinction or drove completely off the plane. Welcome to another episode. The essential craftsman podcast I'm Nate I've got my dad here with me. How you doing good man I, guys. This is our official First Book Review Episode, and we couldn't have a better book on hand to review. We've talked and thought a lot about how we want to do this because if we review the book to. Thoroughly that kind of spoils it. We don't want to at the same time. Not Talk about it because especially this book it's there's a lot here and so. This story has been around a long time and we're not going to spoil anything. Don't don't let that discourage. If you've ever read. Louis l'amour book you've probably Kinda got a spoiler on the Comanche is anyhow a little bit, so we advocate. Yeah and the book is Empire of the summer moon by S Gwen. Quantum Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanche is the most powerful Indian tribe in American history, and what we thought we would do with this one, and probably with most of our book reviews is. Each take a turn. Make three points or thoughts or Ideas that came to us, either before or after reading talk about those more than the the story of the book, so we're going to bounce around is what I'm saying. And maybe I will give you a quick overview is this is a this is the true or this is a nonfiction. Story of. The Comanche, Indians and their rise and fall and their empire. And it focuses on several characters both American settlers. Some specific as several specific comanche Indians. Politicians the state of Texas. Just it's kind of a real beautiful patchwork of American history and characters and country of Texas the country of Texas yeah. So. Yeah, it's a fabulous book and. First of all so. I. Don't know if you've ever done a book review, but I've never done a book. Review. Hi Elementary School Yeah was a book report yeah. I've done book reports. Book reviews. Yeah, so we know nothing of this, but we know a good book when we read it, and this has been just a just a real captivating thing going into this I have to sort of sheepishly admit that I knew basically nothing of the actual history of the settlers and the Indians besides. Watching Paul Hannah's. Watching dances with wolves. And the the folklore of the Indians that was you know that's just part of our. Culture and so. I mentioned that because. Dances with wolves, as movie is one of my all time favorites. I love it and honestly I felt like this. Book was a really great companion to that movie. It's almost like. They took a lot of themes from. True history. You know with the. The Indians kidnapping or taking white. Settler children and incorporating them into the tribe I didn't realize that was a true thing that happened, but in any case that that movie paints a really beautiful picture of the. Of the plains, Indians and I think in that movie. Those Indians were Su Pawni. Yeah, who show up in the story a little bit. Yeah! The sued Duke sort of. parenthetically, as sort of being. Sort of a counterbalance to the comanche, but not quite nobody really was but. The. Cheyenne occupied similar space farther north, and they were. They were horse, Indian or Indians who figured out horses, although nobody figured horses out the way the comanche did nobody weaponized them like the Comanche, did they? They were tribes were eating them and trading them, but the comanche were. Killing from them, oh! Yeah another be so we'll. We'll talk about that as we dive in, but but the fact is comanche took horse culture further than any of the other horse culture tribes. The thing that rocked me as I. I thought I. knew quite a bit about Indians as a kid. I grew up absolutely seduced by the story of the for trade and the story of of stories of cattle, drives and Indians and. You. Know interaction between Indians and the Iroquois nation and you know Henry Joseph out. Schiller wrote a the Henry ware series that I just devoured when I was nine ten eleven. I couldn't get enough and of course Louis. l'amour and And none nothing was as Compelling to me, as the journals of Lewis and Clark which I didn't discover, until I was probably forty five years old, so I loved that whole thing but I was shocked at how little I appreciate it a really understood the comanche. What were some of your thoughts? Initially while you were kind of moving through the book well, the first thing was and I've become sort of sensitive to this. Through my forties and fifties and now sixties that I love a book that includes footnotes I just love the fact and I don't check all the footnotes, but occasionally I looked through them to see if anything jumps out as an inconsistency or somebody trying to blow some smoke and what I've learned. Is that an author who takes time to put the footnotes in there to sort of substantiate his research and his claims is probably someone that I can then I can let my. With a little bit. Yeah, you know. And this book has footnotes. Here's a guy writing what purports to be and I think is in fact a pretty objective Historical piece about something that. That just was so compelling to me. Because so much of it was new. It's a challenging thing to be a writer, and he would occasionally quote words of the soldiers of the Indians that we do have written record. Yeah, but the amount that he was able to I and I would say correctly extrapolate from their words, and then sometimes you insert a little bit of not fiction, but say something like the the pride on the Indians face. As he walked back into town, was with compare dumping. That's fair and really helps paint the picture, but I remember the time thinking like. Since you're reading nonfiction like well, how do we know he looked? You're out in. Yeah, yeah, so the point is this book is? Super easy to read because it reads like an original novel. Yes, it does it like a darn good because you're reading things like that. Like the he you know. He was sadder than he had ever been kind of like. Okay. Yeah, it makes sense Oh. Yeah tough job to be an author footnote document everything. And also make it fun to read and connect the dots and lead the viewer through these steps, and I thought he did a really beautiful job of that. Yeah, so in the. Movie Lonesome Dove I think it's Gus. Gus is the guy that yeah. I think it's Gus. At some point I remember some little clip where somebody start shooting at him there Indians are hostels, and when he looks at him I m going command cheese with a tone of real, if not anxiety, because gus never showed anxiety, right, but sort of resignation, and why better really lace up my boots because they're comanche, I thought You know all the books I've read. Comanche is just kind of. They receive sort of a byline sort of a of a emphasis. Man I was blown away that the comanche. Essentially once they weaponized, the Horse ruled the plains. There's a list in there. I think two dozen tribes that they either drove to extinction or drove completely off the planes. Yeah, they were just utterly unstoppable they it sounded like. They, use the horse as effectively as the Mongols. Yet I wasn't in the boys. I was thinking the whole time like that's the same advantage that the Mongols had over everybody else..
"craftsman" Discussed on Essential Craftsman Podcast
"Day week thing. It was On average maybe three days I mean. Sometimes I'd be working covering someone's route whether on vacation or something. I'd be working six days but a lot of other weeks. Just be one or two days So I'd have all these free time less free time to to to try this business and see if it actually works for not. Yeah and you've already mentioned that you did scrap for awhile in other words. Sometimes you have to try something different and maybe it works or doesn't work or I know. The scrap metal business worked great for AWHILE AND IT. The prices of metal could change. So it's not like you're not doing business because you couldn't make it work it's more like maybe the business itself just isn't worthwhile anymore. Scrap is way down and and there is no scrap. I feel like we scrapped it all ten years ago. So yeah I was in. I was in Arizona at the time guys were. I was flipping houses in guys. Were driving around the streets. You know you had metal and it was almost daily. People were doing all these Scavengers in its. You're probably right. It probably scrap. Kinda got picked up and put back in the system right then and there might just not be as much we got to. Recharge OUR OUR stockpiles scrap? And then it'll make sense again all you gotta do. If the prices go way way down. People won't even bother bringing in anymore and then will start. You know piles will start getting made places and going after the hard stuff to like. I was blowing cars out of the woods and places where no other person would even attempt to go i. I thought that was kind of half the fun of it. How much did you make like for a car? Let's say to say like a four door sedan. Like what what was that worth like at the highest part of the market? How much paid for something like that. It there was times. Were you when I bring like a big American car. Like Lincoln something big and get like five hundred bucks for that. Was that the peak of of scrap mail. Now I think if you brought in a big car he'd probably looking at maybe you know. Low Low twos Taiwan's mining. I always I. It's kind of cool. It's like you can mine out of the earth and pull out these minerals or you can also mind in the cities and pull out all of the same minerals there just existing in another form like cars as pretty cool one thing. That's neat though like I just like I'm working on my garage right now on a building the whole thing at a steel and it's all like big. Ibm's is really substantial Madel. But it's like I wonder how if any of this is metal that I brought in and sold as scrap. Yeah recycled into these brand new. Ibm's you know that that's nice thing about steals. It's infinitely recyclable. So even before when I when I scrapped it as nineteen eighties car. Maybe it was the nineteen fifties car before that are Andrew will. Thanks for having this conversation. Do you got any other last minute. Tips or advice or feedback or teasers for us about coming up on your channel over the next few months while I I'm definitely working on my building on my channel. So that's I know a lot of people are looking forward to that. It's a pretty big welding job that I'm taking doom doing so so for the next video will be a week or so. I'll have all the welding. Donna be sent my span create. I got concrete. Pour coming up. Wow then are you going to bring anybody to help you with that poor that any solo? Now I think my friend Jesse's GONNA help okay so it's some steps of the thing where you just kind of need to people because even when. I'm running the Crane. Yeah it'd be nice to have a remote control crane because then. I could probably do some of this stuff solo. But yeah like. I'm stuck behind the controls of the crane. I need someone to just slightly push the piece into place as I'm as I'm lowering it. But you gotta you gotTa train your dog to do. The crane was thinking about like ropes at a control our ropes to the To the beam or something and just set things up so there would be cooler. Maybe you could like use your drone to like swing. The beam around or something. I've used drone before for for seeing things to oh good call to see like when it's going to land just to see what's what's happened. Yeah because it's you can see the screen and he put the camera anywhere so it's crazy to think about doing crane work like that with big beams all by yourself. That's a little bit That's a little bit intense. I guess if you go slow it's okay but man another set Is would really help. That's probably going to have help for. I mean some of the stuff I can do myself but even like setting these big I beams. But I'm I'm sitting on top of these Square tubing I was thinking well instead of making myself crazy trying to get it to land right. I'm GONNA put like maybe cones or something shaped like a cone on the bottom of the. Ibm All. I gotTa do is land them in in the tubing. Yeah lower down in. It will self sad itself rate idea. Yeah like a like kind of funnel where you just hit this opening and and it slides itself in. Yeah or even even less than I was thinking thinking if I just played a rebar spike on it that way they can't slide off. Yeah Yeah yeah the tubing. 'cause it's seems like a good idea to me. Yeah just cut it off when you're done or maybe just maybe just weld it down one morning. Well if I put like I'm setting I beams on top of of of tubing support. So if you had a piece of rebar inside the tubing while on the I beam it never even on the inside ever. Yeah beautiful all right. Well thanks Andrew will catch you next time. Everybody can Find your show on Youtube will put and the description of our The video here and If..
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"At break one time he had. He said that he ate a carton of oreo cookies every night every night. Any said something about ice cream but I was so stunned at the idea of somebody wiping out that mini oreos. I wasn't even hearing at that point. I was reeling. Okay and welcome back to the essential craftsman. Podcast I'm nate. I've got my dad here. The essential craftsman. How're you doing? We're doing good glad to be here. We're GONNA talk about health and this conversation will be one part update one part sort of review and then we'll finish talking about some of the things that have helped you know. It's tough to be into fitness when you're a tradesman. It is hard to be into fitness. When you're tradesman because you always go home well. You often at least with carpentry and rough construction. You go home pooped exhausted and feeling like you've had a workout. Yeah and so I mean it's hard to develop the momentum to do anything else to start out with We're going to kind of talk about the SPEC house a little bit. When we first announced the project even before we announce to end you and I were just sort of talking about the idea. Maybe your first and most significant concern was about the strength of your back and as you put it your ability to even build it at all talk about that a little bit what. Why was that such a concern and we'll go from there one of the first things that people think of when they think of old carpenters is kind of stooped posture kind of bent over and you know shoulders and elbows and wrists and knees and backs that hurt and that's an earned reputation because there's something called chronic abuse syndrome as it applies to joints. Were repetitive action. Particularly with wait. Where's them out? And so starting about the time. I was probably thirty. Four probably starting at about age. Thirty four man. My back was hurting a lot to the point. That by the time I was in my forties Five or six times a year. Kelly would have to pull my socks on my feet in the morning and lace my boots up because I just couldn't down there couldn't get to them and then what once you got warmed up in the day you could bend over and pick up your. Yeah pretty good and stuff. Yeah usually once I got to the job and got the tools on started moving around particularly. If here's something I would do. I would start out going around picking up trash off the ground because forcing myself to bend over and pick up the trash kind of loosened me up and I realized I realized now that I have been turned on to stretching as the key to eliminating back pain for me. That's all I was doing was taking some time to stretch being productive. Picking up some trash light trash off the ground but I'm kind of skipping ahead a little bit so thirty four age thirty six or seven. We moved back up here to Oregon. I went to work logging with dad and very counter-intuitively logging as much. Easier on your back then. Construction is because everything in logging is so heavy that nobody thinks for a second. You can really move it by hand. The logs are always moved with machinery now and cables and you usually. Aren't you moving anything too much heavier than a chainsaw? Or pulling a winch line which is a pull. But it's not a dead lift usually and so the the force the aerobic activity and the movement associated with cutting trees and setting chokers. Loosen my back right up while I was logging and then I went back to construction and right away particularly as a solo. You know remodeler just working by myself if ever watched that the crazy framer on youtube does a lot of stuff by himself. Yeah he's got great solo techniques their solo techniques for everything and they're all hard on your body and so my back is hurt all the time. It just hurt are you saying? There's there were times in your career where you would turn work away or be unable to complete a project because you're back. I hadn't gotten to that point but my my construction business here evolved into mostly additions and remodels. Which is lighter work? You Know I. I stepped away from the concrete. I hired dust and more and more and more and poured less and less of it myself and so I think just advancing age back. Pain was changing the work. I pursued and so my reputation and my business contacts sort of shifted more to lighter work than it was earlier. But I hadn't thought about it 'til you ask that question but I think at least part of that was because I just started focusing my attention in areas with that I that felt like I could do more confidently it it. It could be that the last time you were building full houses. You were having a lot of back pain and maybe you had sort of even just mentally moved away from that into the lighter work Maxine not exactly. I got up here and didn't build many houses here. I was pouring more. Concrete and concrete is particularly hard on your back and so as I pushed away from that my back had been hurt enough that morphed over into this other stuff and so. I don't remember ever making a conscious decision not to build a frame anymore but it was a segue through concrete. I think that kind of pushed me over into That other thing. But but then there's this amazing thing happened The first the first amazing thing and I have to be upfront and I attribute a lot of amazing things that happened in my life to divine intervention. I just do. It's I have reason to think that and most often for me is recognized as conversations and information that I get from unexpected sources but not always had a neighbor and I was telling him about my back pain and he said of all things he said. Well how do you brush your teeth? I said well I have an electric toothbrush. And he said well and he was a nurse and he said well then while you're brushing your teeth. Just bend over and hang from the hips and gradually stretch out for the two minutes that that the timer on that electric electric toothbrush. Has You brushing your teeth? Just stretch out spread. Let feet about shoulder. Width and hang. I started doing that. Wow a lot of the pain diminished. And then the second amazing thing happened my mom. My Mom's health dropped off the edge of the world and I began to start providing hospice care for her and I was sleeping in there in the recliner in their living room while she was back in their in their space in a hospital bed so I was sleeping out there at night once. She got that far along. And by the third night that I slept in a recliner in a recumbent position instead of in a bed flat on my back I realized. Wow My back is not hurting near as much as it was just because of two things. Wow so I was encouraged. Not Happen just about that. That happened after we did the retaining wall. Yeah I just sort of muscled through the retaining wall ibuprofen and muscle relaxants yeah gut the retaining wall built and then started sleeping in a recumbent position and then a friend of mine. Evan rix WHO's a physical therapist he said? I think I think I can help you. So he started giving me some stretching exercises and the stretching and the stretching out in the morning while rushing my teeth and sleeping in a recumbent position took away about probably eighty five percent on my back pain so the framing is done. The heavy lifting at least in terms of the construction and framing is done. How how did it do? How would you rate the back pain out of ten? You know what you're telling your two thousand seventeen self. Who was worried about it? I I would tell my that. Self you know you're going to be able to do this and it's going to hurt but a little bit of Ibuprofen and a few muscle relaxants not much I like METAKSA. Loan works really good. I will take a half a tablet in the morning and I'd be good to go and then just keep doing sit ups in the morning and stretching. And you're going to be able to do it. And you're going to have nate there. Daniel will be there to carry the heavy items and you're going to have tele handler so there won't be a whole bunch of carrying and And when you get to the end of it it will not be your back. That was your biggest problem. It will be the anxiety of building the house in front of a camera that it'll be a big problem and a general lack of flexibility and I'm sixty. I'm not thirty so there is that but we were able to get it done and boy. I'm thankful you're dealing with some pretty major sleep issues throughout the construction before. Let's talk about that and case we had a similar podcast. One of our first episode was about this and we're redoing it because that was before before all the construction happened so a lot of this is going to be is going to be related but if this is relevant to your situation you might check that episode out as well because we were you know we. We knew less than about it anyways. Talk about your sleep. Because you've you've you've kind of been on asleep journey the last year so so before I dive into that. Let me give one piece of fatherly advice to young guys in construction and that is learned to find even if you can't find time to actively promote fitness you know if you can't find the time or the motivation or the money or whatever stops you from promote from pursuing fitness. Find time to stretch and keep that hamstring. You know that the the the cord that goes from the back of your from your ankles all the way up the back of your legs through the CD your pants and up your back in ties to the base of your skull that bow string just get shorter and shorter and shorter and shorter and it makes your back hurt so stretch stretch stretch and and keep your abs fairly strong so having said all that sleep issues. I never expected in my life to have sleep issues because like my doctor says ordinarily you think of people asleep issues also having diabetes. And they're they're kind of fat and they have maybe they're smokers or who knows what it is you think. That's kind of a basket of other physiological traits right But I let's not me. I just have really severe sleep apnea and I didn't know it until about a year and a half ago. Kelly had been complaining for ten years at my snoring had become intense and I she must have been right so when I finally mentioned it to the dock and I took the little test and when I answered. Do you fall asleep at stop lights. Yes I fall asleep. Stop Lights a lot or did he said yeah you got sleep apnea so we'd sleep studies and Yada Yada Yada and right now. I am trying trying trying to get used to a C. Pap machine and I hope that I can that. I can develop a taste for sleeping like that and I'm assuming that I can because I think it would be nice to not be sleep deprived. I think there's a whole range of sleep of health problems that come from that. I never anticipated or took seriously Do you are you getting more sleep now? With the CPAP machine and yet no not yet it's still disrupts And I'm getting over a cold now for the last two weeks and I haven't learned how to sleep with a CPAP machine on when I'm coughing and sneezing and you know I. I haven't got it all figured out. But but I- people whose opinions I trust. Tell me that it will be a huge improvement when I nail it down so I'm keepin out. It's just the kind of thing you have to get used to basically. Yeah and one of the ways you do that is by putting it on in the middle of the day and reading a book or doing something watching television or whatever you do that you could do chained to your C. Pap do it in the day. Just to kind of get your get used to the feeling interesting. Yeah and I had to go through. This is my third different mask. I've got a Gal Karen. She's a great respiratory therapist and I go into an essay. This mask is not working okay. Different Mask adjusted still not working. And she's got one on me. Now that I think is going to do it. I hope it may be hard to tell but a year ago you were sleeping like three or four hours. I remember getting text an email from me and it was like three thirty in the morning. Meaning you're working and it seems like you're sleeping a little more than that right I am that was that was also stressed driven. Yeah case that stress was a driver on that but I am doing better. I think that I I typically am not waking up till four the time now and then after an hour so I can go back to sleep for a little bit so it's better it is it. It's it's amazing what stress will do to a person's health whether it's sleep or their their skin reacts or their stomach whatever it is stressed that yeah that can just destroy hell and thought process so I have felt diminishing mental acuity and yeah memory you know and I don't know if it's anything to be concerned about but man I have been having some memory issues. I think the the comfort is they tell me.
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"And if this lockdown gets any tighter or of the Fellas I've got lined up to help me with deciding. Get sick or if they decide that they have caught that they were vulnerable to their schedule. A little bit but I would think once the sightings on there and it's time to move inside that we'll be able to keep this thing moving along pretty good one of one of the offsetting benefits. Is that construction? Workers need paychecks. Just like everyone else. And if there's a paycheck available in work to be done. I'm sure that over the next month or so. There are going to be people who if the quarantine lifts and if the conditions are favorable and people are careful will be anxious to remain productive yet. Just because construction workers can work doesn't mean all of their clients and people who are doing jobs for were interested in tearing their kitchen departure whatever. I have a feeling a lot of that kind of stuff has been put on hold for sure absolutely the benefit to the siding. Is You working outside? Yeah these three fellows that I'm bringing in I've been a three man crew for the last five years. They work site side by side all the time and so they pass their germs back and forth regularly. And Right now. They're all healthy and they will be working together and so i. There's nothing irresponsible in my opinion about this. If a week from now they start in on the outside if they want to. But there's no pressure from my aunt if they don't want to if they want to just shelter they can do that too and will hold his pot for yeah. We ought to have some masks. I get math mouse. I have masks. Yeah my wife is a homeschooling our kids at the moment which is kind of a new thing for her and a lot of moms and for me as well. I guess 'cause we got School stuff spread all over the table. Now and I gotta say I kinda like it. Actually I think the kids are learning more than they were at school. They're getting a lot more one on one attention from a teacher. Yeah I don't know actually I shouldn't say that I don't know if they're learning more because I guess I didn't really know how much Leo is even learning at school. Yeah I kind of didn't know he would do homework but it was homework. That was very easy for him so I don't know it's nice to kind of be able to see what he's working on and the things he's learning and so I've kind of enjoyed that. Yeah I don't know if alley has to the same extent but different perspective so before we wrap up Let's talk about the content. We have coming up. We've got a lot of spec house videos that are going to continue to move forward. Would you say we're halfway done that? I think we're about to the halfway point on that house if you include site prep retaining drainage all of that. I'd say we're getting close to the halfway point. Yeah I would say so I. I have a hard time predicting what is going to be the halfway point for the videos for example framing took thirty videos or forty. Maybe I can't remember yes. Yeah maybe thirty five videos. Yeah for example. I don't I don't think the plumbing and electrical will take more than like one or two videos. And so it's possible that the framing is is really the lion's share of the whole thing. I guess I just don't know because at the same time there's well every appliance you know is going to gotta get installed in every bathroom tiled. I don't really know what to expect. On how many videos are coming on just kind of make this up because you have a much better sense of video size and how much but I can see probably three or four three or four videos on the on the finish carpentry inside case based doors yet. There's some projects in my life that that are coming up that I've been talking about for years. That are the could be presenting his content. Pretty soon for instance. There's a great big willow tree right by the House that you've probably seen in different videos. My grandkids are just at the perfect age. Coming up on the perfect age where they would enjoy treehouse. I think we'll put a tree house up there and get some film a little bit of that. that detour cat That that you've seen me struggle with a few times. I found a blade a factory Angle Blade with the pump and the reservoir in valves from a nineteen forty three model. I think that should go right on narrows. We're going to put the blade on Kgo. Extend the track frames for that. GonNa put a any good. I'm going to do. I'm going to turn that little detour into a baby. Lager probably It'll be a lot of content there and then decide what comes up after that. Outside of the blacksmith shop which will be a continual source. Well there's a lot of things that we could talk about. There's certainly a lot of other. Tradesmen there's local businesses that would be fun to bring the cameras inside. Show some of the machinery and very specific trades and skills. That happen you know. They're for example The North River Boat Factory. I don't I don't know anybody there but I would be really interested to see the big molds and presses and stuff they use to stamp out these boat whole hence the interesting to that so Jeff Lorenzen. The concrete pumper that. I've used brothers concrete pumping because they're seen him a couple times. You'll see see him a couple of times more his dad. Just stop by the SPEC house three or four hours ago. I was over there loading some lumber and he started north riverboat. Oh well yeah. So there's there will be. There will be ways to access the aluminum boat building industry around here which is a decent little industry in Oregon because we've got rivers and waterways and coastlines and lots of fabricated aluminum. I've been thinking thoughts about if I was going to build something again. Would it be and right now? I'm not super excited about that. But I can see that it might draw me back into it. You know in order to stay in shape as much as for any other reason we've talked about. Icf buildings and we've talked about a little tilt up project we've talked about various things don't know which if any of those would come to fruition. It's going to depend on how the SPEC house resolves itself but we're we're beginning to think about what next for the main channel and there are lots and lots of directions. It could be concentrated on for a period of time. There is so much good information and new content coming up onto youtube new channels are taking it very seriously and putting out really beautiful videos even about framing and building the same types of things we're doing I was watching videos from. I think the perkins brothers or something like that and like the our and our building guy and he's off and all of the all of the other workbench channels and we would rather make something that might be new or different and as opposed to make more of content. That is the same as all these other types of content. So so if there's something in particular you think that you'd like to think about Let us know. Yeah all right. Well I think that's about everything to touch on this. Any other comments or tips about quarantining and what it is our viewers can expect over the next few weeks from US. Trying to think what this is going to look like to you a year down the road and you look back and say man. I missed that one chance in my life to do Xyz or whatever it was and let's do that thing. I'm really lucky because I actually just am kind of a homebody anyway. I like being home. I'm not as much interested in traveling and going out is like my wife is so for me. It's kind of like lucky. Break here because excuse. I've been waiting for to stay home and I think there's a lot of people who are that's why you talk about this lasting six months. I see it now but we I should say and I'm sure. A lot of people had their travel plans a challenge. But we had a bunch of kind of lined up as well this spring and Summer. We allie was going to zone. I needed to go to Arizona for the stores thing. All all kinds of stuff that will talk about in time but I guess the whole year is just been obliterated. Whatever you like twenty twenty was gonna be. It's not it's not and the same for us. Hopefully we can We can still get the house done and at least stay on course in the most important ways we will. Well thanks for listening everybody. We really appreciate your steady support watching leaving comments thumbs up sharing it. It is just so helpful and can't thank you enough and we will catch next time..
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"Well it's springtime and I have grandkids in the community and my wife has long loved. We had chickens when we were in Wyoming. Okay we had fifty Rhode Island Red Hands until one of the neighbor. Dogs came over one night and wipe them out in the Great Christmas Day. Chicken massacre and so this just seemed like a real good time to get back into the chicken business. Welcome to another episode of the essential craftsman. Podcast I'm native. Got My dad here. The essential craftsman Harry doing just great. I hate to do it. But we're gonNA talk about quarantine. I think. This is the only thing I've talked about for at least a week now with almost everybody. I've talked to so sorry everybody. I'm sure it's the same for you but you know you're subject anyway. That's a good thing right. I don't know how you can talk about anything else. This has never. I've never even imagined this and I've met imagined all sorts of like the world scenarios but not not a stay at home. Don't leave the House. Because of a disease quarantine this when everything else was fine when the power's on and the grocery stores are still stock but we stay at home because of a disease which in our area really hasn't manifested itself here once. Douglas County has one case as far as we know as far as as far as we know. Yeah the testing really is not to go into the virus. That definitely is like a weakness and all of this. We just don't know yeah man. It is just crazy and so in Oregon. We are to stay at home. Ninety central businesses are to shut down the closed doors. Lock what I. I didn't actually read the order. What does that mean non essential? I know? That's like gyms but rushing hitters in restaurants and schools schools churches. You know no gatherings of it before. It was gatherings over ten. Now it is everybody. Stay home unless you're part of it either. You are either needing essential services or you're part of an essential service provider. Yeah fortunately the saw mills. The lumber industry around here is designated essential service provider and to the limited. The information that I've received construction is also essential service. You know I'm GonNa ride that horse in a way. I saw that. Also that construction is considered essential. I think saw it in a An email from home depot actually can. They're they're staying up. Yeah so and I feel like that is definitely essential repair or a hot water heater. Exploding or like a doctor's office plumbing water heater goes down. You know or a faucet blows up you got to be able to fix it. Well we want to talk about is kind of what we're up to. This is more of just an update about saying Oh craftsman than any type of real valuable information and so we want to kind of just let you guys know what is it. We're up to. It might be interesting to you and what we are going to be up to over the next. Let's say I don't know how long this will last but at least six or eight weeks? I think right. Let's say six. Let's put a happy face on it and say six okay. So why don't you start? What have you been up to the last week since? We've kind of been in lockdown well. It's springtime and I have grandkids in the community and my wife has long loved. We had chickens and we are in Wyoming. Okay we had fifty Rhode Island Red Hands until one of the neighbor. Dogs came over one night and wipe them out in the Great Christmas Day. Chicken massacre and so this just seemed like a real good time to get back into the chicken business. So I've I've taken out one wall on one of the wings of the shop. It's it's nothing that you've ever seen in the videos but I have a lean to on one side of the shop opening that up and I'm putting a little chicken coop under the roof of the existing shop so that I can open up a trap door and look at the nesting boxes. And then I'm going to put up a little fenced yard just on the outside of that set up maybe twenty hands and day after tomorrow. Kelly's going to go to coastal farm. Which is Great Farm? Supply store here in Roseburg. And it's part of their spring. Chick days is coastal and essential service store. Then I guess They're open I think so. They sell livestock feed and animals have to have their groceries right like the rest of US grocery store just dot for humans. So they're having their spring chick days and once or twice a week they get you know so anyhow we're going into the chicken business in a small way that's one thing we're doing. That's pretty neat. I have we haven't discussed this but have you been filming that. I just couldn't make yourself do it. It's really hard and it was rainy to right. So you got the camera and it was I just. I haven't part of it if you guys have ever tried to make an a video and a work video. It is so hard to do both. There's like these two completely UN congruent incongruent activities yet. It's really hard to kind of get get anything done and film so I don't I don't blame Ya but also you need to film I will So for me. The last week I did last week my I live. Qna on this channel on the second channel. I think went pretty. Well I do too and that's GonNa be something going forward that we're going to do more of we're actually kinda worried about our business in general For lots of reasons. Things are just changing so fast. We don't know what the impact will be on on Google and Youtube. And all of the advertiser companies who spend their money there. I don't know the one thing that is in our control. It feels like is to put out more content and try to make better videos. And so we're GONNA try to do that. We have hesitated to even use the word business in conjunction with the with our social media thing because we started out doing it. Just strictly for love. And then it got to where you're doing something for Love full-time there has to be some sort of a business component and so it has more to that and so it does make us nervous now because back to the chicken metaphor. We've got most of at least I have most of my eggs pretty much. All my eggs right now are in this basket and so we'll just see. See what that means you you you made those good moves in Arizona and you've got that storage project and other property those other two properties down there three so so you're diversified but smart. They're exposed also my. I have a vacation. Rental Derek. Vr B. O. Little Condo and I had a guest booked for a month. It was like A. I think it's like a three thousand dollar a rental agreement and they they split Yeah yeah and that's just like this small potatoes. Compared to what other people are losing in the losses that are happening. So don't I get it's like it's not that much but it's a lot for me and my family and and Yeah we don't know and even the storage business I've had one tenant move out and we I think we'll fill it up pretty quickly but there's GonNa be some some friction and some bumpiness and every one of you. Listening to this is having a either are having or no people very close to you her having experiences so we don't consider ourselves at all picked on or picked out or isolated in this. It's it's everywhere. Yes so the one thing that I feel like we can do like I mentioned is put out additional content. So I'M GONNA do. I think I'M GONNA. I didn't tell you this year. I think I'm GONNA do a livestream every week on Wednesday kind of like the last one Acuna. I don't know how valuable or entertaining it will be. But I'm going to do just for the practice of my own skill set and ability to speak to a camera and develop a skill. So if you want to subject yourself to watching the battle up the learning curve you can but I'm kind of I'm GonNa Kinda take this as an opportunity to plan ahead and try to develop some skills in that way so I'm GonNa do on Wednesdays I think and and I mentioned this in the last one but We're GONNA WE'RE GONNA. Have you try one of those as well if you want? Yeah probably from your computer so you can see it a little easier. We're going to do if you can if we can work around my tek no limitations and we can figure that out. We're going to put all of this content on the second channel because we don't have any interest in changing the type of content. That goes on her main channel. We WanNA and we've tried to always keep the quality consistent and the feed consistent in fact that's one of the reasons why live streaming has never really been attractive to us. When every time we try them we look back and the kind of look and sound terrible. And it's they're not real focused and compared to our other videos which we were kind of proud of it always felt like. Oh man nothing you would wanna waste your time. Yeah Yeah but we'll waste your time on the second channel. Yeah all right so what about? You got any blacksmith thing happening are you. Are you doing much of that? Maybe after the I've got that I've got I've been filming a sword. I've been making a sword for Terra Vincent. And she's about to come home from England early and she's been on a mission over there and The the pandemic has got a lot of missionaries coming home. But I had promised her dad years ago that if anyway I'll give you the details on that when you see the video on the sword but it is without question the nicest Damascus I've ever made and I'm just trying to muster the courage up to the last step I've got an etch that thing and then assemble it and I've got cold feet. I've kind of psyched myself out about what can happen with etching that well if it's if it's uneven or or yeah and Owen and I've got a little a little bend in the end of the blade that I would like to take out with. Some light hammer blows at some point. I've got a final Polish and then I've got etch and so is just the final steps where disaster is can be global disaster. Yeah and so. I've about talked myself into taking the plunge job. I'll be filming that one other thing. One other thing I just got the coolest old Coal forge it's one of those cast top buffalo forge ironworks from whenever they were in business. And IT IS FACTORY. It's the factory blower the factory pipe factory cast Ford factory legs. All of it straight intact rusty needs to be restored. So that'll be coming up. But that just got off loaded in the shop and I'm excited about that. Let's talk about the SPEC house a little bit and what effect this quarantine might have on that now. As we've mentioned a couple times now. Construction is permitted to proceed. So we're going to be able to work on it but do you foresee any impact on back. All getting started again. Or what are your thoughts there? There could be. I'm having the the windows were delivered last week. They're they're leaned up inside the house. The siding and the tram is going to be delivered Monday next and then we'll start installing that on Tuesday..
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"He's he just builds that house over and over in my classroom. Yeah you bet. Yeah and you know. I'm I'm on three books. Dot Com. Some trying to get people. I'm trying to get them to go by the books and and and really get an understanding of the process because as you know as as builders were we are we're making and breaking our our life on modules models yeah paradigm 's right and in a lot of people come in. There really freaked out about math and once they've realized the formula and they do it a few times just riding a bike and then they can apply that with their hands. Finally not just on the White Board of the blackboard. It's what what do you say kids who are worried about math. I know that's a real like a dentist. You got some people start sweating. Just think about it. I'm guessing you have a large chunk of students who have to overcome that to some extent. Yes it is. It's not so bad I just. I like them. I don't WanNa let the cat out of the bag here but I liked him to have a little bit of honest nervousness. I think it's good performance. Anxiety about math is a huge deal. having butterflies in you know it's good to feel that because I mean let's face it on a job site you want to get everything with one shot one kill and every time you don't that's money out right and eventually it costs your job exactly so I I think I think a little bit of a stage fright. Nervousness is is really good because it's usually the best teacher at the end of the day and those guys will either guys girls people were flourish and those who are just not feeling it or they're not there yet they'll either find their way out or find a different path for themselves. So grab other gear yell. Yeah exactly find another way so long and short of it. I tried to let them feel a little scared about it and then I helped him to realize that. It's really not scary and I would just try to identify the the the math. That's necessary for one task. Yeah I that seems like a big difference compared to maybe high school or even middle school where you're learning and doing math that you cannot connect with how it's GonNa be your life whereas that's that's the only reason you're talking about math. Is 'cause how it's going to connect with their their job at work tomorrow or maybe like the next hour when they walk over to the little jobs so that's got to be almost refreshing for kids. Who have been afraid of Matt or maybe just skeptical. Get to go to like okay now. This person's actually going to show me how I'm actually GONNA use it in real life. That would be kind of Positive I think at least from where I was with mass. Let me throw this out. And I'll I'll share this with you. You know after the podcast. But I've met a guy through the channel named Steve Ellis and he's in Texas somewhere and he has geeked out about as far as you can go with math and carpentry. I've had full range of access to to construction math. I've been able to manipulate as much as I've ever needed to journey much. But I mean he went. He's taken that right up to a maximum application all over the place and he's gotten a lot of personal satisfaction out of it and frankly he's gone further with math than I ever felt. Compelled to there was a certain point for me where I began to shortcut it with scrubbing and with jigs and templates but man he really gets it and he can write about it beautifully. I'm going to connect you a St. Because he sent me some long Texans some emails with some fascinating applications of ratio and proportion and trig and Geometry that is just two or three steps beyond where most of a stop on the job site and with phones now so your your calculators always in your pocket he's really mastered that to where boom the phone comes out. You're not talking brick. He solves it and and I'm late in the game that I'm only going to be able to actually Embrace a part of this additional opportunity. He's handed to me. Because I've I've got work arounds. It for me are usually quite quicker now. But I'm going to connect you with Steve. I think you'll enjoy talking to him. He loved it he. He's so passionate about this right so you guys will have some good conversations. I'd love to connect to I on on that note to I'd I'd like to throw out a a hats off to Jason Ramia at at the school you mentioned Steve Might Be Geeking out on math. I would say Jason's right there. He's he's really a math whiz in in the way of breaking it down to its most simple Process and just he's so excellent. It's showing especially the the the later end guys because he does a lot of the finish carpentry. He's he's kind of our master carpenter in house and and his math skills are are awesome in that he can take the most complex ideas and break it down into yup very simple yup process of and really gets people to achieve on a whole `nother level and we'll start out like you said at basic math in by year. Four there and doing trig and practice reaganomics what a what a tool. Yeah there's a. There's a great book out there and it's been reprinted quite a bit by we'll holiday. I hope they don't get this wrong. It's the Roof Cutters Bible Yup Beautiful Book it's really well written and there's also math to build on. It's a pretty basic book. But it's written by builders for builders so what's that like you're a builder for lots of years and presumably worked with a lot of guys. Employees probably knew who didn't have a classroom formal start in the trades and now you are sending out students who do so. What's that like? I'm there's probably guys listening who are kind of like well. I could spend all these hours in the classroom or could make money and learn on the job so you know how. How does that compare? You've seen both sides of it now. I think nothing really beats the school environment honestly. Yeah because if I had while I was running work at that level which was you know only a few years ago had I been more involved with the with the school then I would have been sending all of my employees to the school. Yeah and here's the thing. Some some apprentices show up in their apprehensive about it. Yeah they're just there because got a job you know just telling the truth and And that's fine. Nothing wrong with job placement. But even just that and just sitting there compulsively staring at the board while I rattle on about talks versus Phillips. You know They they're getting more. Yep Out of just that Yep then the not putting anything else into it up having a drink in six pack and watching football yeah. Yeah I've often wished that I would have had so so I got a pretty good construction education over a long time but I have often wished you know I. It would have been good for me to have gone through an apprenticeship some sort of a structured curriculum for Awhile. I I had a good friend that he and I only barely remain in contact. Who taught in the Union apprenticeship program down in the bay area someplace and man? He really got his head packed full of a lot of a lot of real specific tactic. Technical answers that are handy to have and I often thought that probably would have been worthwhile and yeah I was out on the job making a paycheck but man. If there would have been an opportunity to do that and at nights go sit in a class and and and be exposed to those things that you might not run into until weeks or months or years down the road. Why not four hours once a week? It's I I just tell apprentices. Look it's not school. It's an extension of your work on that day. I'm not an instructor or a teacher I am but I'm your boss for four hours early and that's where we keep it because the the soft skills are really what we're trying to hammer home. We could teach him how to cut anything. You do the math. You all these hard skills but they ended up keeping their job or losing their job based on their soft skills. So how do you teach soft skills or whatsoever teaching? I just harp on them like like like basic like beyond time type of skills. Or how does that? How does that work with the classroom with well? I can just talk about it. I'm not there on the job site to you know to say well don't cut it this way. Hold the saw this way you know. I'm I'm not there with them every day but I've been getting pretty positive feedback. That people are coming back and tell me. Hey you know what that happened to me today. You know what you're talking about little interaction that happened or Hey. I was doing this and this happened. So so much of what we do in the trades. It's really a lifestyle because it's not something you can learn overnight and the people who succeeded the people who embrace it as their new culture or that lifestyle because if you don't the learning curve is steep it's as vertical and especially if you want to change your tax bracket and three to five years you gotta get on. Yeah so I harped on him about soft skills. Which soft skills? Which ones do you harp? Well like the ones you just hit. Just be to work on time and then I'll go as far into the weeds as make sure you've got toilet paper under your bench. Seat have have have some rain gear. Roll it up. I clean pair of socks and even some underwear matter of fact. Always have a change of clothes for that matter. I mean these guys are down in trenches covered in mud. You don't know what they're coming. Yeah you know all of that stuff that you someone just coming out or boots where Bhutia right. I mean well in most cases. That's you can't even work on a job site now without a set of boots which you know you know. I'll go in so I have a military background. My family's military. I spent some time in the Marine Corps and so a for me the apprenticeship thing is yeah. It's just military. Let's face it. Everyone's got a different style of communication. So I in we get in my classes. There's a lot of psychology one on one going on there. That's not what I'm teaching. According to the job site being flexible and you know not taken things too personal and all this kind style really. You know you've got maybe the the wife calling your child sick You have other family issues and you're trying to get up at three thirty in the morning to be somewhere you know by on time at six in the morning and you're not used to all of this it's it's raining it's snowing. There's traffic all these things that you just really hadn't considered like well. I just wanted a job right and and these things start to beat you up..
"craftsman" Discussed on Essential Craftsman Podcast
"Grabs lunchbox he called the ladder. When all the way the talk got the cab checked out all the charts and everything see what he'd do what he can do. So long around. Error picked up unity plywood. They said that thing just kind of bowed like this long around me said they wanted. It grabbed his watch. Boxing went down. I'm GonNa find a grain somewhere back on verse construction. I started out in nineteen seventy call me went bad and the guy was working for. He moved out of state volatile. So I went to work for Abbey's for about five years and then I went back into construction for Mathis or for somebody else for different guy. He was doing Building and Remodel of Abbey's Oh I says L. I met him nicey remodeled the Stevens store. Yeah that was the original Abbey's flagship station right there. That's when we first Kicked out the front. The first time it was kicked out then kicked out another time since end to that was seventy five or seventy six. That would have been. Yeah that's when I graduated from high school year is a little ahead of me. Abbes is the hometown pizza place for those of you. Who aren't locals? It's SORTA the yeah hometown early regional. Yeah it started out. Just hometown himself started that store. And then they they. Well hang up and went eminent partners. Okay Bob Earl Robert Harold K. You remember that little other pizza joint right in the place right. Yeah my dad used. Take Sarah when we were little and then all of a sudden it wasn't there anymore in Abbey's hat. At what point did you kind of get behind the seat of a crane then and Kinda converter transition to operating that or was it a long gradual thing? No it actually was about. Nineteen eighty was the first time I got a seat. Nord. Rt but you had worked in the woods. Let me jump in because you and I had talked about working in the woods a little bit. Yeah I did for after High School for the Navy. So about nineteen eighty. You've got into the seat of an old. Rt IN RT as a type of crane. Yeah it's a rough terrain crane. I see not not for driving on the road. They usually have put him on Little Boys. All jobsite to jobsite. What's it a big one? No it was a little icy I think it was a fifteen ton or something and you know we were basically what he was doing. A job in Turlock California turlock That's where my mom was born. Oh Yeah we did a flood-control for a bunch of different structures stuff for flood control out in the By the airport out by Blake. Oh California and anyway so we had uh some bridge beams and stuff for foreign Bridges that we put in for over the canals and so I use it to move them around autumn and not all of them. Yeah so it was just a deal where the work had to be done on your there. And they knew you're responsible and they said can you run this getting the seat. Or how'd that go pretty much? Go get say to that thing and unload all those beams off onto the ground. Yeah Yeah and the more you did it. The more you became the best added on the job site. Generally or the go-to Guy Sorta Kinda took awhile it? I started with Jack and eighty three Jack Mathis and he had He had cranes but he had a crew that worked Crane business part and I was just garnered. That was an eighty three eighty three and nineteen ninety. He bought that boom truck that we have and I started running. It'll bit off and on the guy that was running the crane business. He retired ninety six. So then I took over all time of ninety-six. Is it the same crane to that? You used on our job when you started on in one thousand nine hundred. The truck okay. Yep but that's the little crane. They had a big crane to. So you're gonNA describe that to us and we'll probably get some B. Roll a picture that maybe to put up. Because it's how big is it? That's one hundred one hundred twenty nine hundred twenty. You may maybe just give us an idea if you had to classify you know cranes into classes as a sounds like boom truck is one class and a rough terrain on Rt. What are the others? What are the general categories You have crawler cranes which are on tracks and usually a lattice they have a lattice. Boom configuration Is that for the most rough terrain or for mud. Or what but why not tracks now? They use those a lot for like Bridge and Buildings put him on on. Sorry okay. Trask cataracts only flat. No grouses you see him on bridge jobs big allied pads on the tracks big houses down on the ground they have. They have to put down. Matt's Big Timber Matt say put down at the level up zoo because ab no outriggers. Their tracks are just sitting on the tracks. Yeah and so. They but big Matt's down for him to walk on and and level amount and that's what they used for those. Okay let's got flat ground or something and it's good ground but usually they use matt's anyway it's more stable. None you have the like are one. Twenty is a truck mounted grain and they also have a all-terrain which is like the truck mount but the tires most of them steer. Oh articulate all the way around they get in a little bit rougher country than the one like I have and what. What's this bigger one? You know we? We know the one that was in our video. The one that you brought is what's had a ton seventeen boom truck seventeen ten boom truck so the other crane is a hundred and twenty ton crane it would pick up that boom truck that he operated and set it up there quite a ways out there quite a serious crane with a telescoping boom it as one hundred thirty seven two main stick. Yes so think of that. Which is actually for that size of crane nowadays is pretty short. Always it really. Oh yeah they go the some other cranes go up to one hundred and ninety seven feet on one twenty. Wow that's mounted on a regular sort of semi truck frame. No it's a They called they called a truck mount but it is a basically a truck. But it's a big one. It's custom made by the crane manufacturer like eight axles. How many axles got five axles into the crane and two tags? Yeah Yeah See. So they're seven acts credible big heavy wide rubber big rubber to haul that they're driving down the road. It has to have a pretty good size tires because the tire width makes up. How much you want. You can all see it. Total going down the highway one hundred thirty thousand bounds. Oh my gosh have yeah. Yeah are there. Are there trucks bigger than that? Going down the road ever. Wow this is big and it looks big. And that it's out there by the CAB and sticking out in front you know ready to batter down anything you run into most most of all like to five hundred thousand six fifty tonnes They usually the whole house comes off boom and house and everything comes off. Then they just drive carrier down the road and put it back on. They bring a crane to put the crane together Knowing together most of them are they're designed to pick themselves up and they drive drive the truck underneath it and send it back out right. Yeah and not all but most of them. Yeah so boom. Truck is the proper description for the smaller one and that is that how people should refer to it as opposed to a crane or is it kind of just either way. It's still a crane. A she's a classified as a boom truck got it. Yeah which one do you prefer? Operating really doesn't matter. They're both about the same. Do you have a little butterflies in your stomach anymore when you had no job or is it just another day at the office now just another day? Just another day interesting. This is just what you do what I do. What about in terms of prep do you ever do you? Always I know you came. Scoped out our job to decide which truck to bring. Do you always kinda scope the job out I or you just kind of at this point no I will will figure it out one way or another said another day at the office or does it. Is there a lot of prep going on before you get there from your end not always some jobs you have to go look at before you go to them to see what which one you're going to need Like if you're doing Air conditioning heating systems. Or Hot tubs or flaws. They're basically going to be the boom truck. I mean there is some of the units that we have to set with the big crane because of the re reach out there. Yeah out there but Most part most of them are just boom truck. Yeah but so. How often with the big one do you have to get out the chart and Looki- alcohol and the weighed in at where I'm going to be stretched out to? How often in that big when you get close enough that you have to be paying close attention to the weight and the distance and the angle or with that crane in this market. Is it almost always in the safety zone? Well if you're if you're right on the edge you know I mean you're on edge right. You don't have a lot of leeway I mean you you gotta get your measurement from center of the pen on the crane to the center of the pick on whatever you're lifting and then you look at your chart what that radio call radius. What is and see what you can lift at that point. Sometimes you get right out there where you're picking all it'll pick on at seventy feet you know like the big crane seventy feet. I think it's good for twenty thousand pounds. You still can get him to tip. You don't WanNa do want to do that pretty much. Stay within the Chart. Because if you get outside the chart and you don't know if you know something's GonNa sure and so you're checking that lots of times you have to look at that chart and make sure you're you're squarely in the safety margin or an affinity become able. Yeah if it's heavy stuff. Yeah how do you know with confidence? What something ways? I mean like our walls. It's a bunch of lumber and all sorts of things and I know that might have been light enough. That didn't matter but do you have like some kind of benchmark things that you know. This general thing is always around here. How do you develop that sense? Well you just kinda lot of extra guessing about what it ways because you know you can get right down to it. You could do a lot of calculating I think I think I gave you my best guess on the way to that big wall. Yeah and as you know you can take the lumber way so much scoreless in absolutely added up we did right and steals about the same way but lots of times in when you're lifting some old thing out of a male or something that you don't know what the heck is on it you know. What else is stuff that's in it for years? You know whoops anchor. Bolt didn't get cut off. Yeah all right now. Here's something wondered about a lot because I fiddled around with trees allot logging and Sawmill? And I've climbed and I've seen I think you around here. With Ukraine with one hundred thousand tonnes stretched up in the air behind building choke to the top of a tree that a tree services taken out yeah grabbing a tree on its feet and taken out some part of it maybe guts feathers. An- all right out or is it a lot of times it's in pieces. Yeah Sometimes depending on the size of the tree the biggest broadmoor try and take it all in one chunk. You're up so far. You can't lift high enough to clear the ground well. The tree gets really small. Yeah off you're picking more weight than it can actually..
The Monster Movie Hall of Fame and 'The Invisible Man'
"Later in the show. I'll have an interview with Lebron L. The writer director of the new updated edition of the invisible man. A movie that shifts the perspective of the classic horror movie to the victim in this case played by the Amazing Elizabeth Moss when Elsa Clever Jonah craftsman and we had a fun chat about how he's reinventing the work of the historic universal monster movies and some of his aides filmaker. Heroes like James Cameron and Paul Hogan and John Carpenter but I I am joined by ringer contributor and one of the best film minds around Adam Neiman. Thanks for joining me Adam. Thanks for having me Adam. We're here to build another wing in the movie hall of fame. Today we said post and beam on the monster movie hall of fame. Now you know monster. Movies are tricky because there are two distinctions between them. One is your classical scare movie that enrapture audiences but maybe doesn't really mean very much and then. The other is the load-bearing bearing metaphorical monster that communicate something to the world about maybe it's ills or human psychology or things of that nature I assume that you are more fan of the latter. But May maybe that's not the case. I think I'm a fan of the ladder when it's less calculated You know the the joke I liked to tell his one day. Someone's GonNa make really good specific movie about a social problem like documentary and then at a press conference the director. She's going to be like this movie's a metaphor for zombies and just waiting for someone to do but I mean I think that in the last couple years because you have some like Jordan. Peele who has spoken not in terms of monster movies but in terms of horror movies. He's talked about you. Know his office for those social thrillers or Social Horror Movies and the metaphorical dimension to them. And so you know because monsters are a subset of horror movies as you say a delivery device for for scares those streams often do cross but yeah. I think some of the best monster movies of all time are definitely ones where monsters represent something whether it's something inside or outside society or something inside or outside people but I'm also just a a big fan of movies. Where like spooky things jump out at people in eat them? So it's a IT'S A. It's a fine balance before we get started on constructing this this list that we've put together here. Do you remember your first monster movie experience at the movie. That felt like a monster movie to me and I mean it it is a monster is when Pinocchio gets swallowed by the whale. Oh yeah which is. Obviously you know I mean there's a biblical reference there to to Joan in the whale and it's You know like for for for kids. Who Who who see Pinocchio? That whale is just nightmarish and terrifying and and gigantic. I mean my dad. I think that's the first movie he ever told you to. Took me to it. Just absolutely scared the hell out of me that and the giant squid in Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. Same thing oh great both Some Disney spun con there. Well done by in and and you. Well I'm thinking about Pinocchio as you say it and the thing that scared me more than the whale is the sequence in which the boys turn into donkeys boys which is just absolutely disturbing and also kind of metaphorical in its way Not to put too fine a parasite point on it I'm trying to think of my first true scary movie experience. I feel like what I got two young Frankenstein before I got to Frankenstein in. It's funny. How when something like that happens how it can obscure your relationship to movies and I think it actually made me Not so much scared movie theaters but just just sort of happy and smiling and laughing. I tend to laugh at horror movies and monster movies because I get kind of perverse thrill out of them and I so I if young Frankenstein. Ken Count that would be. That would be my number one. I mean obviously. I saw a bunch movies that we'll talk about here on this list that a very young age. And maybe that's an opportunity to just go right into it. So here's what we're going to do. We'RE GOING TO GO CHRONOLOGICALLY. So there's a long history. I would say monster. Movies are essentially as old as movies themselves. So we're going to try to walk through. Essentially I don't know eighty ninety years of movie history and try to capture. What are the absolute most representative interesting compelling fascinating monster movies ever made and the monsters? I think the conversation should really be about the monsters inside of the movies and why they're so effective as devices for either sending those messages or just scaring the shit out of us. So you chosen five. I've chosen five. We're GONNA WE'RE GONNA Ariffin vamp little bit. Why don't you give me your first pick going all the way back to the nineteen thirties? Sure and you know it's interesting because now when we've got it arranged chronologically we've got this this interesting blindspot which. Kinda be filled in as we go along. Which is we've both bypassed. The true initial cohort of Universal Monster. Movies right the very late twenties very early thirties because the first movie on my list is King Kong. So I have bypassed Dracula Frankenstein you know bride of Frankenstein Which are all these enduring literary properties that have been made and remade for a long time and I think the thing about King Kong. It just feels like the primal scene for me of monster as spectacle because he's not human sized right. He's not an actor costume he's not You know someone doing an accent or wearing makeup. He's a special effects creation and the thing about the original King Kong. Every time I watch it is. It is just so spectacular visually. In an analog era. You know the the integration of those stop motion special effects into old sets and the exaggerated camera angles on the actors and just the the surrealism of it. I've read that. The actual surrealists the the practicing artists within that within that movement re huge fans of King Kong for one thing. 'cause monster just keeps changing size. You know it's inconsistent it's inconsistent but it's also just stunning because from scene to scene you know when he's just represented by giant hander giants foot or the close ups on the is and then you can also still cut backing these establishing shots and seeing him in these different environments and. I think it's the way also that it goes from this primal island to this urban city. The monster in his home context. And then sort of you know thrashing around in the middle of maternity causing chaos. It's just like the deepest the deepest core horror fantasy. You know that that that I can think of I. I just think it's absolutely astonishing and I never tire of watching it. It's funny I think a lot of the monsters on our list Get repeated and reused and re contextualize over and over again the thing with King Kong is is the actual character of King Kong comes up over and over and over and over again. We're getting another King Kong movie this year. And for whatever reason I would say between King Kong and Godzilla. Those are really the only two significant monsters that we never tire of somehow. That don't don't expire. You know I think that the idea behind what King Kong represents and there's obviously been an extraordinary amount of both academic critical just fun writing about What happens when colonialists enter a less developed world and attempt to steal things from it But in addition to that it is this grand spectacle and we talk a lot on the show about is. It doesn't move. You have a reason to be seen in a movie theater. Then I feel like the original King. Kong is is one of the landmark achievements and you have to see this on a giant screen. There's nowhere else for to be seen. We'll for sure. I maybe just in terms of bridging King Kong with those other brand name monsters of the period he in genders the same kind of complex sympathy. That you have with Boris. Karloff Frankenstein. Right I mean you even have a rhyme in those two movies wherein Frankenstein. He picks the little girl up by the river without doing what he's doing. And you know drowns her accidentally and certainly king kongs intentions towards Aren't violent. They're they're in his sort of chivalrous or desirous or somewhere in between there. I think the reason he endures an even the point that God's Zilla as a character eventually got bent in King kongs direction because the original godzillas dot anthropomorphized sympathetic at all. And then over the years. And they made Godzilla more like King Kong. I think being inside that sort of like destructive force but you're also misunderstood and you're more a victim of circumstance than anything else that's a really appealing escapist fantasy for filmgoers even thinking the original King Kong as terrifying as it is and as brutal as the violences like a people have never seen it. He smush is people into Goo on screen. You know You're still with him and I think that that's a really great monster. Movie needs on some kinds of great monster movies that you need that possible level of identification or sympathy. So it's not just purely a nightmare. I think the original King Kong does that just just amazingly well. So you're next pick actually doesn't do the former thing that you were just describing which is there's no crushing there's no Gu. There's no absolute violence of a kind in your next week. What's your next movie? The next movie I have is is cap. People which is part of a cycle of really low key atmospheric horror movies produced in the mostly in the nineteen forties. Bhai guy named Val Luton and I would say that if you get a chance to see Ken. Jones documentary thou loot man in the shadows. I think it's the best documentary I've ever seen about a filmmaker at particularly about how Luton changed horror movies by using the lack of a budget. And the lack of franchise -able characters. You Know He. He didn't have the roster that universal was working with all these all star. You know horror icons so he made it less more. It's the it's the the the the cinema of of of suggestion and scary around the edges. But it's also movie about people transforming into cats I. It's a booby that plays the the ambiguity of is this or isn't this real up. You know for for a long time but it really does give over to the idea that the main character the heroin does when stimulated or afraid you know actually transform into A cat due to this this this Eastern European mysticism and it's also a movie. I'm sure they'll come later. That gets remade in the eighties and completely liberalised because instead of just talking with someone turning into a cat or remembering someone turning into a cat you actually see it on screen with with special effects and it's It's less effective to me. Do you do you like the Paul schrader version that you're describing the eighties version. I like the Paul schrader version. Because it's wild acid trippy. Paul schrader horror movie. And it's it's glory and it's actually not as full-on like latex hydraulic special effects. His other movies from the period. But I I love the original are you are you. Are you fond of the delude films directed by Jacques Turner? Who did a bunch of the other ones is it a? Is it a a a source of Phantom for you it is? I saw cat people and the Leopard men in a couple of them many many years ago and then actually over Halloween this year my wife and I were looking and you know as I get older Halloween. Getting more and more difficult to program. If we're not gonNA rewatch something. But we watched a couple movies. We watched The criterion collection had the ghost ship which I had never seen which I thought had. It has a very similar approach to kind of What's happening in the shadows? Which is most of his films are using that strategy of not showing the thing and then I watched by myself. The body snatcher and both of them. I thought were pretty great. I mean I this is also a case where I I. I probably saw Kent Jones's documentary before seeing any of the films and while that was a great thing for my film education it also kind of warped perception of the movie because I was seeing it as a kind of intellectual exercise in a way where I understood technique as opposed to some of these other movies that we're GonNa talk about here where I just happened to be nine years old when I saw it in a completely reorganized my brain chemistry in a way but I do like his movies. And especially this one that you've chosen well and then also just the last thing to say but it may be that because it's not special effects and spectacle it anticipates where horror movies would go in the sixties with the idea of the monster within right. I mean here. It's not a an invading apor vampire. It's the idea of a woman who's subconscious and her inner life motivates this transformations client about the link between monstrous and desire and monstrous and repression. Which is why it tends to be. You Know Pretty Beloved Academically but I mean by the sixties. Neither US talk about these movies. But you start having the idea of the human monster in movies like psycho or whatever else and you can kind of trace aligned from the way cat. People stages horror towards that stuff. I think I think that's right. And I think it's probably a capitals nifty double feature with the peg for this film the invisible man because that movie is also as much about.
"craftsman" Discussed on Essential Craftsman Podcast
"I think if he was here he might clarify. Say That's great but I'm really talking about these massive beautiful eight hundred year old trees and and I think in a couple of cases his point was. I could not put my chainsaw into that. You said I couldn't dip the bar into the door. Nutri not disagree Sara Lee with that I welcome to another episode of the essential craftsman podcast. I'm Nate I've got my dad's got here. Who's the essential craftsman? We have a what will be our first installment of our Book Review Discussion Book Club podcast. Yeah that's fair and the idea is we both want to read more and we have read more in the past. But for the recent history. Not so much. You probably never stopped reading. I have for the past five or six years. It just kind of came to a stop but for a long time. I didn't stop. Yeah I haven't read. I haven't read much over the last few years a couple book. Maybe one book per year and we want to do better. And we're starting now and we've got a book to discuss today and we're going to tell you our next two books in the installment so in case you want to also remind with us you can and we're GONNA be talking about the book by Larry Haunt carpenters life as told by houses. You WanNa give a little background about Larry. Hahn before we can start it just in case. You don't know I I feel he comes up. Every single pied comes up a lot and I don't know if that's a plus or minus we'll get away from it eventually. Yeah he has been really intriguing because he sort of. He sort of broke the ground in the twentieth century as far as bringing production framing into a if not a mainstream platform at least making production framing techniques as developed in southern California from nineteen forty eight through the sixties with he and his brothers right at the right on the cutting edge of that and so he had presence of mind or capacity or time or success enough to sit on a write about these framing techniques. And so it's kind of interesting comparing his book. The very efficient carpenter basic cramming for residential construction. Which is where he kind of made his entrance. I think into the world of writing a little bit and then he was a contributing editor for fine home building for a longtime he wrote it a tutorial articles and in this must be his last his last thing probably a carpenter's life as told by houses. So is he the most well known then for the very efficient carpenter book? I would say so. I've got a good friend although our paths diverged for the past thirty years Mark Clayton taught in the Union apprenticeship program down in the bay area and mark told me about this. You know thirty eight years ago when we were both new carpenters and he was kind of going the union route and I started out the nonunion route and he said man. There's this book in this guy. This guy really knows his stuff and sure enough he did. Yeah this book which is not what we're going to be discussing is very textbook like there's diagrams. There's pictures explanations photographs and it's very much textbook how to oriented how to. Yeah completely different than this book. The book that we both read is his memoir that he wrote at towards the end of his life and he kind of talks about his life as told through houses is how he laid it out. I I didn't know much about Larry. Hahn in fact all I really knew was what I made up about him while I was watching videos of him working with his brother. So in other words nothing But he kind of walks. He starts at the beginning with his mom who grew up in a sod house in Nebraska. And and then Kinda goes through all the different types of homes that he built and lived in and was aware of and that he had neighbors who lived in. Yeah I mean. He contrasts sod houses. Which are houses built out of curves of saw cut out of the prairie and stacked up with dugouts which are caves dug down into the prairie on the on the leeward side of a rise. Dig It in roof it with whatever. Buchanan hunker down to try to survive the winter. Yeah and he any had a lot to say about that and some nonconventional building techniques and habitat for humanity which it sounds like kind of dominated his last his last years you know on the earth. He immersed himself in that I think he donated a lot of time and effort and energy and expertise to to building and charitable work and for him habitat for humanity was the at least one of the places so he in other words he built homes whole career and then he built for free in his retirement. Yeah about the In terms of the house styles that stood out the one. That was really interesting to me was about Straw houses. Did you know anything about that? Or you have to add from all just articles. I've read on Straw houses in the mother Earth News over the years he spoke about Straw houses. Were Somehow Code compliant. Put on some sort of a foundation with a whole down system and deadman's sort of bolted lumber that was attached to the straw secret. Attach a roof system. I have always had problems with my eyes rolling back in my head when you talk about. Straw houses right. That has not made any sense to me but I mean there it is. You're creating habitat for bug. Certainly there's something to be said for that. I don't know I had the opposite thought to me. It made a ton of sense. This this natural material that is super insulating. Anybody can build with an. I can't even remember if this is how he described those buildings. But if you think about a timber frame you build a structure and then fill it up. Something Straw am I remembering correctly that he did discuss those homes that are being built nowadays? Yeah I think he got involved with building one of those in on the North West when he came up here or something but he he had some hands-on as with a COB house now. I had never heard of a COB house explain. Explain that for the viewer. As I as I got up from Larry's sort of description you mix mud in vats much like you'd be mixing mortar and place it in sort of light duty forms that follow the construction of the walls on up. You can't go too high because it takes a long time for it to dry and until it dries it'll slump under the increasing weight of the wall which you can kind of free form it in and out and put your plumbing and your wiring and your electrical in the mud walls as you come on up and cast some dead man. I think like a plate at the top with some pieces of all threat or something down into the mud to hold it for a fascinating your roof system to. I'd never heard of it but I I can see that. I mean from a certain perspective if you keep that dry that makes more sense to me than Straw. Which is so biodegradable right. Yeah what parts of the book surprised you or what? What did you not expect in reading this? I didn't expect the grittiness of his upbringing on the Nebraska high plains. But he was. He's He's older than my dad. He's a full generation. Almost two in front of me and so he came through the Great Depression and just talking about the hard scrabble. That was one of his words. existence that they lived and how contented they were with very little but how tired he got of always being cold. Yeah you know talking about that. Bathing was a big thing because water was not readily available in heat was not available until the heat water and and so just talking about the reality of life without windows life without real doors where running and walking where his only means of transportation didn't have a bicycle as a kid and yet how. He looked back. On his childhood with fondness. His mom's baked bread made a huge impact and he remained a sucker for homemade bread. His whole life was interesting. I was like anytime you Rita. An historical account of someone living in a more difficult setting. It's really I opening and he talked about in Nebraska the cold and how common kind kind of was you know people died yelled to get locked out if you get lost. If at one of those whiteout blizzards come people and children livestock die. Yeah and man that is just so removed from my life and yet for him. It was standard standard. Remember that story about somebody that frozen white out and they had to build fires to throw the ground to get down through the floor throat frozen soil enough to to bury the people. That's hard times man and another story that I almost can't bring myself to repeat but a big lizard happened in the middle of the day. Half of the school kids decided to try to walk home either. Elementary School kids and of course never made it didn't make and so half. The town lost children. Yeah in this blizzard and it was known as the children's Blizzard Children's blizzard of whatever year it went. Just think of that. And it's just it's it's it's unfathomable Awash it's not that losses unfathomable but for something like cold or snow in where we live in how we live man. That would be the last thing you would think of. As a threat you know on the High Plains and earlier times was a dire threat. Really Amazing Okay couple other things that were interesting. Larry described gas and wax. You want to let the viewers know what that is. Because that's a term that might be used occasionally. And why don't you kind of yelling? So so first of all. I've got all the respect in the world for Larry. Hahn you know for Learning Hanis iconic and I love what he said about that production techniques do not necessarily mean a reduction in quality in fact usually they mean that quality becomes more predictable and more dependable and it means that the products become more affordable more affordable and and the quality goes up within with you know in the context of building codes and inspections and competition but he was clear that he didn't see any downside to gas and waxing nails because nails are almost always contributing strength because of sheer and not resistance to drought so the criticism. I've always heard about gassing waxing. Explain that for a minute. You know nails used to be more valuable. They're kind of not a big deal. Okay what was gas in wax. And what does that mean okay? So he was talking about nails common nails in box nails and the different types of nails it would be included in building house especially when the cuts were made with a hand saw and all the nails were put in by hand. Usually just a light. Sixteen that's hammer in an earlier. Carpentry sort of method and so coming out of that they began to be frustrated with having to put in box nails at how it was just hard to put him in with tap set tap set or tap set. You know TAP DR. Set and so standard practice became to dissolve some wax and paraffin. I forget what he said. The amount was I've heard of it being like a couple pounds of wax in a couple of gallons of gas and then you would dump a keg of nails sixteen penny nail to get the wax would dissolve into the gas yet. You would dissolve it in the gas. He mentioned the gas. It worked better if the gas was a little warm warm. The gas up a little bit however you do that. Dissolve the paraffin in there. Put drop a keg of nails into a metal bucket and poor this gas holding the wax over Saturate float. If you want the nails in this paraffin carrying wax. And then he didn't speak to this. I think he just reported off later and let the nails dry but some guys would burn off the gas. Yeah so now. You had soot and wax coating the nails at the end of the day you're covered with black but the apocryphal wisdom. Was You could push those nails in with your thumb. Because they were so lubricated by term he used a single blow or single wackadoo describe a one one hit I lick. I think he just say one. Lick Lick One and they go. That was the the metric used for. Forget someone's good. You could get the nail and with one Li..
Demolition Mistake Leads To Wrong Home Being Torn Down In Historic Dallas Neighborhood
"Maker and Irving based demolition company says it will make things right after tearing down the wrong house in Dallas Vickery place neighborhood a pale pink craftsman style home have been purchased by the friend of a friend who suddenly passed away last year Jamie weniger who lives in California was doing work on the home and eventually
The European Drinker
"Welcome back my friends to the big book podcast. My name is Howard and I'm an alcoholic sober since nineteen eighty eight one day at a time in this episode the third story in the personal story section of the first edition of alcoholics anonymous published in nineteen thirty nine. It's entitled the European Drinker. The story was also published in the second and third editions of the Big Book but does not appear in the fourth edition and now the European Drinker Preface. Beer and wine were not the answer. I was born in Europe in house to be exact shortly after it had become German and practically grew up with good Rhine wine of song and story. My parents had some vague ideas of making a priest out of me and for some years I attended the Francis in school at Basel Switzerland just across the border about six miles from my home but although I was a good Catholic. The monastic life had little appeal for me very early. I became apprentice to harness. Making an acquired considerable knowledge of upholstering. My daily consumption of wine was about a quart but that was common where I lived. Everybody drank wine and it is true that there was no great amount of drunkenness. But I can remember in my teens that there were a few characters who caused the village heads to nod pityingly and sometimes an anger as they pause to say that sought on Ray or said Pavel. Israel's who drank too much they were undoubtedly. The alcoholics of our village military service was compulsory. And I did my stretch with the class of my age goose-stepping German barracks and taking part in the boxer rebellion in China. My first time at any great distance from home informed parts many a soldier who has been abstemious at home learns to use new and potent drinks so I indulge with my comrades and everything the Faris had to offer I cannot say however that I acquired any craving for hard liquor as a result when I got back to Germany. I settled down to finish my apprenticeship. Drinking the wine of the country as usual many friends of my family had emigrated to America so at Twenty Four. I decided that the United States offered me the opportunity. I was never likely to find in my native land. I came directly to a growing industrial city in the Middle West where I have lived practically ever since I was warmly welcomed by friends of my youth who had preceded me for weeks. After my arrival I was faded and entertained in the already large colony Alsatians in the city among the Germans in their saloons and clubs. I early decided that the wine of America was very inferior stuff and took up beer instead. I soon found work at my trade in harness making. It was still an age of horses but I discovered that harness and saddle making in America was different than anything I had known. Every man in the shop was a specialist and instead of having a variety of jobs to do every day I was compelled to sit all day long at a bench. Doing the same thing and Leslie. I found it very monotonous and wanting a change I found it when I got work as an upholsterer. In a large furniture store fond of singing I joined German singing society which had good club headquarters. There I sat in the evenings enjoying with my friends. Our memories of the old country singing the old songs. We all knew playing simple card games for drinks and consuming great quantities of beer. At that time I could go into any saloon. Have One or two beers walk out and forget about it. I had no desire whatever to sit down at a table and stale whole morning or afternoon drinking certainly at that time. I was one of those who can take it or leave it alone. There had never been any drunkards in my family. I came of good stock of men and women who drank wine all lives as a beverage and while the occasionally got drunk at special celebrations. They were up in about their business the next day prohibition came having regard for the law of the land. I resigned myself to the will of the national legislators and quit drinking altogether not because I had founded harmful. But because I couldn't get what I was accustomed to drink. You can all remember that in the first few months after the change. A great many men who had formerly been used to a few beers every day or an occasional drink of. Whiskey simply quit all alcoholic drinks for the great majority of US however that condition. Didn't last we saw very early. That prohibition wasn't going to work it wasn't very long before home. Brewing was an institution and men began to search fervor shortly for all the recipe books on wine-making but I hardly tasted anything for two years and started in business for myself founding a mattress factory. Which is today an important industrial enterprise in our city. I was doing very well with that. And General upholstering work and there was every indication that I would be financially independent by the time I reached Middle Age. By this time I was married and was paying for a home like most immigrants. I wanted to be somebody and have something and I was very happy and contented as felt success crown my efforts. I miss the old social times of course but had no definite craving even for beer. Successful home brewers among my friends began to invite me to their homes. I decided that if these could make it I would try it myself and so I did. It wasn't very long until I had developed a pretty good brew with uniformity and plenty of authority. I knew the stuff I was making was a lot stronger than I had been used to. But never suspected that steady drinking of it might develop a taste for something even stronger. It wasn't long before the bootlegger wasn't established institution this as in other towns. I was doing well and business and in going around town. I was frequently invited to have a drink in speakeasy. I condone my domestic brewing and the bootleggers and their business. More and more. I form the habit of doing some of my business in the speakeasy and after a time did not need that as an excuse. The speaks usually sold Whiskey. Beer was too bulky and it couldn't be kept in a jug under the counter ready to be dumped when John Law would come around. I was now forming an entirely new drinking technique before long I had a definite taste for hard liquor new nausea and headaches. I had never known before but as in the old days I suffered them out gradually however I suffered so much that I simply had to have the morning after drink. I became what is called a periodical drinker. I was eased out of the business. I had founded and was reduced to doing general upholstery in a small shop. At the back of my house my wife upgraded me often and plenty when she saw that my periodical were gradually losing me. What business I could get. I began to bring bottles in. I had them hidden away in the House and all over my shop and careful concealment. I had all the usual experiences of the alcoholic for I was certainly one by this time sometimes after sobering up after about of several weeks. I would righteously resolved to quit with a great deal of I would throw out full pines. Pour them out and smash the bottles firmly resolved never to take another drink of the stuff. I was going to straighten up in four or five days. I would be hunting all over the place at home and in my workshop for the bottles I had destroyed cursing myself for being damned fool. My periodicals became more frequent until I reached the point where I wanted to devote all my time to drinking working as little as possible and then only when the necessity of my family demanded as soon as I had satisfied. That what I earned as an upholsterer went for liquor I would promise to have jobs done and never do them. My customers lost confidence in me to the point where I retained what business I had only because I was a well trained reputedly fine craftsman best in the business when he's sober. My customers would say and I still had a following who had given me work though. They deplored my habits because they knew the job would be well done when they eventually got it. I had always been a good Catholic possibly not so devoted as I should have been but fairly regular in my attendance at services I had never doubted the existence of the supreme being but now I began to absent myself from the church where I had formerly been a member of the choir. Unfortunately I had no desire to consult my priest about my drinking. In fact I was scared to talk to him about it for. I feared the kind of talk. He would give me unlike many other. Catholics who frequently take pledges for definite periods a year two years or for good. I never had any desire to take a pledge before the priest
"craftsman" Discussed on Essential Craftsman Podcast
"What do you think it is authenticity? I think if it's not it and of course that's the buzzword right and I didn't know that I didn't know that that applied any of this until you know just two or three years ago but if it's contrived and it's not if it's not authentic it's boring and I think that is part of the big distance at Youtube pudding between itself and Network television that when it comes to a studio it is not authentic. It's produced it's over produced it's it's it's scripted. It's made up. It's all of it and so for me if there's a slightest indication it's not authentic. Sorry I've tried putting myself in videos before and it's authentic for me to speak to a camera the way I would to anybody else but it's also super boring. In other words there is something else to hold people's interest and be charismatic. That Coyote Peterson can do really well and a lot of other folks as well. That is more than just being authentic. Alix steel yeah right. Exa- alix steel. He he's in our. I'm not saying that I'm in his wheelhouse. Okay I'm not saying that. Yeah that kid. Really is a blacksmith in this in this broad general category but but that kid you can just tell. He was like that in his high school classes and drove his teachers crazy and they loved him and they were so glad when he graduated. You know. That's him right to the bone and that's why people watch that guy. Yeah one of the reasons. Blacks is the perfect hobby for him. Because all that energy can kinda like move out if he was like making stained glass or something it would be off the walls but he can be smashing but that that's the example. It is being authentic but you also have got to be charismatic and have some energy and like I said I've been unable to convey that and I think maybe in my actual interactions. I'm maybe more charismatic than than I tend to be in a camera. A Lotta people walk up on a camera. A lot of people feel like a camera is like a gun pointed at him. It's like it and so i. It's not everybody who can not everybody's cut out for you know that type of an experience. Whatever that is whatever that is what do you think? The impact of this is going to be on the trades in other words both in terms of the available information content in terms of these specialized groups. Do you think that there's some Change on the horizon for people who work in the trades or the trades in general as a result of this new landscape to micro is right. Were coming up to a real shortage of traits people in the United States. Maybe Western Europe. I don't know how far it extends. I know. I know that Australia's already got one going on. So if we're coming up to that. I think that that this is possibly a game changer. I think Youtube can collapse your your initial learning experience to where you become productive from three or four years to Wanted to two years if you're motivated if you take your time when you've been on the job and you come home and you just leave the six pack in the refrigerator and you don't worry about football for a while and you just flip through the channels you feel. They're teaching you something you're GonNa get smarter faster and you're get raises faster and I think it could accelerate the time it takes us to spin up the next generation of tradesmen. That's separate from whether they're any better or any worse or any more reliable or whether they work any harder I have no idea how to impact that but just in terms of getting the knowledge into more heads hands. Yeah I think it's going to save us. Yeah I also think. Tradesmen and this includes Truck drivers and if you're driving a truck all day you can't read and learn and maybe you would want to will now you can or if you're whatever trade it may be mowing yards are laying shingles down or whatever it is you can now also yeah learn and that might just might be for entertainment but there's so much learning you can do through these audiobooks and everything that I think. I think it's possible that tradesman and a lot of blue collar folks might really be able to grow leaps and bounds up by now being able to capture some education that previously was sort of academics. Or maybe people with more money. Who could afford to study instead of having to pay the bills so I think that the the clever and the curious tradesmen are going to gain a lot from this you know. Ability to Jordan Peterson talks about that. That this whole thing now being able to learn high level stuff at at from people who have significant mastery of their topic in your spare time in the time. That otherwise was throwaway time. Yeah driving down the road or putting the shingles down to those ear buds in and be listening to people that no one could have afforded to listen to yeah for hours and hours and days and we Adams doing that. Right so nate younger brother I have. I have three boys. Middle Son is just. He's on fire with with learning all of the stuff that he can learn with his drive. Time Yeah and man that kid is racking up some not only general not only broad but in some areas some deep knowledge. Yeah I wish I would have had that yet. Just think about that all the hours and hours that were spent with you know just the jobsite back. Cronje's and tools right kid. How B not all day? Even just an hour here. Our there sometimes an hour of consuming something plants that seed and you can then kind of digest it and think about it and you know it can really bring fruit even just if it's only one hour a day or less think of that that that is a really important point that one hour a day is probably a thousand times more exposure to things you had never heard of before. Then we were getting before podcasts and Ear Buds and Bluetooth and the Internet explosion in media. It was it's way more than you were getting. If you weren't spending tens of thousands of dollars in tuition whatever. The setting is my wife who listens to e books and she oftentimes when she's talking about them. We'll say. I read this book for a long time. I gave her a hard time. 'cause I kinda you didn't read it. You listen to it almost as a put down but I can see not just now I have changed my thinking on that because okay maybe it's not as good as reading but to act like it's not good right or to act like somehow and and I don't actually read law so this wasn't me being snooty. Maybe this is me being defensive and sort of trying to justify and act like well. I don't read but you don't read either. I think that's probably what I was doing. The point is it doesn't maybe matter at it. You don't have to read the whole book. You know in a in a leather chair With the fire in order to feel smart. Maybe you could listen to a portion of it while you're doing something else and still gain a lot. I think I I'm trying and I. I think I have kinda realized how wrong I was there to sort of be snooty that like. That's not really reading. That's not really education. That's not really learning and less ex- an yet is so. I read a book to this. The Gutenberg Elegy the Gutenberg Elegies. I think and he talks a lot about this. I can't remember the author K sixty two boys can't remember nothing but he spoke to that and he acknowledged that there is not a small but a big difference between listening to a book and reading a book but that they both are powerful vehicles for learning and for being entertained and for just brought you know learning soft skills and all these things that they both powerful you know he. He was in his. He was a bibliophile love. Books loved the texture love. The smell loved loved everything and I have to say he's right. That the advantage to a book as you can read and immediately go back and reread and then you can lift your focus away from the page and think about what you just read and that you can't. I don't think you can do that in the same way. But Hey you are in fact living vicariously in someone else's head when you're listening to an author's an author's narrative with your reading it or listening you are you're experiencing another person's reality and a good better best. Is it the best to read a book but is it better or is it still? It is still also good. That's right to consume it heads right right while you're laying shingles that's right and especially like the Jordan Peterson. Sam Harris Ben Shapiro whole these thinkers that are thinking thoughts. That haven't been thought much you know. And there's a whole universe of these people out there from all different perspectives and with all these different things to say and I am a real fan of listening to them. Think out loud in real time I. I'd love that. Yeah Yeah I really do too. It's just it's such a treat to have this available Even in my life I was born in nineteen eighty two and so I definitely was kid when radio was all you kind of had. I mean you had cassettes but it's just from you know you can make a cassette for somebody and then you could make a CD in that. Got More Song than just it's just has. I don't know how they get any better than it is right now. Can it get how a? How does it level up from here? Where on demand anything? I don't know I'm sure people will find a way. So we're we're GonNa read your comments to that question. How can it get any better than this? In terms of real time access to any level of filtering mechanisms. Because I do sometimes. I'll bottom out my podcast list and I kind of be like What do I listen to all? Scroll through available podcast and it's just overwhelming. So maybe maybe there's some sort of filtering or that's same with books you read all your books. You need an advice for a new book. Search ENGINES FOR PODCASTS. Can get better. I don't know I'm sure they exist and this is maybe. This is not a problem for technology. This is just an age. Old Problem of getting good recommendations from people so Maybe one of the last point. I'll make there's a silicon valley guy novel and many of you probably have listened to hurt his Podcast read twitter and he made a point that I thought was so refreshing and he talks about how he reads books and it was basically he kind of and maybe I'm getting this wrong the ball so this is what I took from kind of skims them any reads the parts that stick out and if he doesn't finish it he doesn't worry about it and he might have three or four or five books going at the same time listing and it was kind of like. Oh man that's great. I've certainly started books. I didn't finish. I still felt like I got a lot about but like I said there's some in my mind there's been some level of like I don't know stigma around reading where you you read the whole book and then you can check it off and you read it. You GotTa Tat from me. Because I would put money at the end of those classics and if you've got to the end of them. There was the money and to not do that was defeated the purpose. Roping Darn Eating Avi. That's it and I remember even feeling guilty almost like if you kind of just glaze over a page without absorbing and this is like an a novel where you're kind of Maybe I missed something in there but probably off of figured out in the point. I learned from Nepal. Was like it's okay. I read several skim. Grab what you can out of him. You know you're not held hostage by a book you start Very to me. So it can. Jordan speaks to that and before his stroke bibliophile loved read and he thought that the author had the responsibility to keep me here and for any reason. I can't stay. It's his fault not mine. Yeah I think I have been Defensive and insecure about my lack of formal education and so I always felt a little bit shamed and defeated if I could make it to the end of a book especially when I started reading formal discourse you know when I thought man I have to learn to read something besides Louis l'amour if I'm ever going to amount to anything and so I I you probably got that from if not subliminally perhaps at dinnertime conversations from me but and in fact so I just A friend from the channel just sent me homer's Iliad. Well I was just thinking you know. I don't think I ever read the Iliad or maybe I was defeated by it as a young man. I've got to try that again and There are showed up and so we could probably talk about that about how things that you have considered. Show up at the right moment. But so I'm GonNa Start that I'm GONNA gird up my loins and take a deep breath and dive in and I'll let you know if I beat it or not. I've kind of failed at reading over the last ten years and I just haven't read that much only I don't know a dozen books. Maybe just not that many and I hope that nobody's taking away from this that I'm a we are in any way saying it's not important because it still is the most important thing of all who. I mentioned who I think is brilliant in in these types of ways. He makes that to. You got to read a book and it's just so true so I'm going to. I'm trying to get myself back in the habit and build up my confidence and sort of help overcome some of my fears about reading which I think I've been afraid that I kind of don't have the attention span to read anymore. I've been afraid that I have trained myself to be entertained and watch them and then watch video. I've kind of destroyed my attention span and ability to hold onto things so I'm kind of this year I've I've kind of worked on it. In fact I just finished the first book of the year which is an. I'll give it to. You can read it. The Larry Hahn Oh good I would love to read that. So yeah so. Under the broad general category of trying to encourage encourage worthwhile behavior and a son I would say you haven't destroyed or damaged. You might let something get week. Yeah let something atrophy. Yeah that's right but you know you don't have to read if you don't ever want to be able to speak. Yeah because we learned to speak by reading other people's voices and to a certain extent..
Canvas & Hyde: Making Handbags in Brooklyn
"Hi Lisa Hi CIA. So you are. You are making handbags in Brooklyn and Italy Iam. You're making handbags in Brooklyn. This is cool. You're doing leather handbags in Brooklyn that's unusual Can you tell us a little bit about how you got to do that? A. K. Well I am when I started this business. I was looking for manufacturer and finding a great skilled craftsmen who can make beautiful bags is like women finding a fabulous hair colorist. It's impossible but once you find one you hold onto them and in fact we've become great friends and I my offices in his factory so I'm really hands on with everything that we make. I'm there on the spot. I'm able to watch an oversee everything from the edge painting to cutting the skins and positioning the dyes onto the letter. And it's I'm I'm very lucky to found someone who's been making bags for thirty years. And how did you get into making bags? Was this a thing for you so about four years ago I started the business and you know I came to live in America in two thousand and eight and I never understood why when you think of luxury handbags. You don't really think of American made you think of Italian and French and maybe Spanish but I could. This is such a great country. You guys do everything. Why couldn't we might beautifully finished incredibly luxury handbags here? Incredible actually So I said about trying to do it and I get it now after spending several years exploring I get the skills. And the craftsmanship left. I mean people didn't do it when people started mass producing in China and offshore. That skill set kind of dissolved in a little. Bit of a way. Here you're didn't get passed on to the next generation so there's a generation that doesn't have that knowledge and the people who do or aging out of the workforce some getting passed on some some is making it through which is kind of a sign of hope but it certainly it. There will never be a time where New York. City's largest industry is the garment business again. This is not a thing because cities won't specialize in that way. No one's going to specialize in the. It's well I don't. I don't know that sad. I think it's kind of human progress. We don't need that many people making clothing to make clothing. Do you feel like they're hiring. New People often like who's some manufacturer has people work for him and he. He does poss- on his tricks. Tricks of the trade and then he keeps his people close by. I think there's a little bit of a resurgence. I think there is a a movement back to making beautiful things and this disposable fashion. I think people a lot of people don't want that I certainly don't want that And I think there I'm not alone. I think there are a lot of people like me. Who WanNa make beautiful things whether it's garments or Couture or bespoke shoes or leather handbags. So I think. Maybe A resurgence here. So you came here in two thousand eight which is a very memorable year or one we would like to forget so how in your background was more interior fire call right and public relations. So how did you see the market here? I know you were just describing. You know so many bags made in Europe. But how did you see the market that made you see an opportunity and maybe also just talk about what? Nishi you see your bags filling kind of described them a little bit too because they're very like cool luxury. Okay it's that that's a that's a kind of three pronged question in a way. Two thousand eight was a terrible year for the whole world. I guess But Obama came into office and I was very happy to see that that New York was just a fabulous place to come to. Everyone was so happy and excited But I think that The financial crisis really stifled the sales of of a lot of luxury brands and retailers struggled. I mean retail has continued to struggle. It's been super challenging. Since then retailers are trying to find their way with online sales and flagship stores. I didn't actually think about making handbags in two thousand eight at all. That wasn't my path. I didn't incorporate this business until the end of two thousand fifteen so my journey was to see that. I couldn't find you know. There are lots of small emerging brands. But I wanted something that was really timeless incredibly elegant and something that would really lost and was not seasonal at all. Not something that would be recognized as A particular bag from a particular season So that's a lot of seasons or are you carrying bags that kind of stay on your collection season in season out. Yeah absolutely I mean I am introducing. I'm just bringing in November. The cross body bag. That's my best selling bag with linen on the front. So that will be full and summa black gas will be for full and the Beige will be more of a summer line because I still all over America. It's so different like an in Florida. They're buying ten bags all year and in Colorado or places like that. It's much more the the heavier colors so I try to do. Timeless works everywhere so color tends to be tied to the weather. Climate or is it the temperament the climate probably in I sell the lightest bags and in New York? Lack is still live there. Sela if you're in Miami when it's warm you're like can't even wear black. You feel exact really strange so especially in your bag or shoes. Yeah all the time. What else did you kind of? Learn from across the country like so. What was your path into building your business. Wow it's just being it's it's kind of been the most incredible journey. The Path to building has been like making mistakes and taking three steps forward and two steps back. I didn't have any experience in manufacturing at all and I guess if someone said to me now like would you do it all over again. I'd be a little more trepidation but I went in completely blind and thinking. How Cod can it be? Well let me tell you. It's pretty hard but I've learned that just through making mistakes. Luckily not drastic mistakes but just and finding good people other people listening to what other people have to say sitting down with people who've been in the industry a lot longer than I have seen and and what are you learning from customers like. How has that helped you? Because you're in a number of specialty stores. So that's that's very different feedback right than what you might carried through. So how has that helped? So I love listening to what my customers have to say And you know in the beginning I wanted to be everything to everyone and I realized that's a huge mistake. You cannot make everyone happy with one bag. One of the one of the things that has been really interesting is that I come from Australia. And I'm fairly tall. I'm five eight. I'm not incredibly toll but trying to make a cross body that fits a woman who's five to a woman who's six two has been quite challenging so I needed adjustability on the straps for example without making various size of thought of that. Yeah I mean you think of length and clothing but your thought of that because if you if you have too much adjustability on a strap then it flaps and you don't want that exists leather and if you don't have enough then people can't wear it at the particular point on the buddy they wanna wear it so I mean that's an example. One example of me to listen to the feedback of my customers and the retailers. I work very closely with my retailers. Here what they have to
The Life of Robertus Stephanus
"Back to another episode of five minutes in Church history on this episode. We're talking about Roy bear. SDN that it is his French name. It is Roberta Stephanus in Latin Stephanus was born in fifteen three in Paris. That is where he we live in worked for. Most of his life he died in fifteen fifty nine his life perfectly corresponds to the reformation and it's early formative formative decades SA- fantasies. Father was an established Paris printer and so steph. Ns when he came of age he took over the family business. He married a woman named Peret and her dad was a printer as well. They had four children together to went on to be prominent printers in their own right. One of the first projects that Roberta's defense undertook was a Latin Bible. He then published numerous Latin texts texts of the classics and even Greek texts of the philosophers in the poets and the great thinkers he published a Latin dictionary a French dictionary but he comes to us in church history because of his Greek New Testament he I printed a new testament in fifteen forty six prior to this. It was the era. Smith's text and so- Stephanus put out his taxed and fifteen forty six after a few revisions in a few additions and much time was spent compiling even more manuscripts from monastery scattered throughout Europe in fifteen fifty to finish published. What has come to be known as the Texas receptiveness us that Latin expression means the received text? This was hugely influential. And for centuries this Greek text was the basis for all English bibles as well as many bibles in other languages. Well things were a little difficult for Stephanus and Paris Harris up until fifteen forty seven. He enjoyed the favor of the king. But when Henry the second came to the throne he did not like Stephanus and all of this Bible printing and and by fifteen fifty defense had to flee and he ended up in Cavins Geneva he would spend the last nine years of his life and he died in Geneva in fifteen fifty nine. Well here is what he has contributed to us over his lifetime. He was responsible for the book of acts being placed between the Gospels and the epistles before him the axe came after the epistles. Bibles so every time you say Matthew Mark Mark Luke John and the ax you can thank Mr Stephanus and guess where those verse divisions came from in Your Bible. Well if you guess the the Fantas you'd be right. After divisions came in around the twelve hundreds but stephanus gave us verse numbers and they first appeared in that text disrespect us back in fifteen fifty and then these verse divisions appeared in fifteen sixty in the English Bible the Geneva Bible able well whilst fantasy was in Geneva he printed French bibles he printed books. By Calvin even additions of Kelvin's classic text next the Institutes of the Christian Religion Stephanus was hailed as one of the best printers of what was really the Heyday of printing in the sixteenth century. He was very skillful. He applied himself very diligently to his job. He surrounded himself with accomplished our and craftsmen. He worked with those artists to develop what came to be the best font. For Greek printing for Hebrew printing French printing Latin printing. His books were truly works of art as a printer and of course we know how important the printed page how important the Bible title the Printed Bible was to the reformation but also the printed page Stephanus stood up to kings stephanus. Serve the church Stephanus. Fantas was a significant figure than the Protestant reformation. Well that is the life of Fro bear esteem or as we say in Latin Roberta's Stephanus.
Mark Downing Discuss Being a Maker
"Today. I'm going to introduce you. Mark Downing vadly with over forty years. Experience his Bene- Creator in so many disciplines woodworking metalworking design general contracting to just name a few. We will discuss what it's like to be a maker and how it affected his journey through life mark. Thank you for meeting with me and welcome to. Its would thank thank you. It's nice to be here very nice now. We just had a two or three or shop around your house. I'm going to have some photos on the website. So check those out out that this man's eye for design is stunning. Wanted you guys to look at those pictures somewhere. What turned what was the first time you've got turned onto woodworking? Oh Gee I've been making things out of wood. I can remember back to six years years old in the basement. Working at you know my dad would be working on something and I would be driving nails into a block of wood So it it goes back a long long way of throughout my childhood I built tree houses ever more fanciful and crazy and And then in in high school in my freshman year in high school I built a sailboat. that I then sailed for a couple of years and and Like that quite a lot and so I built other sailboat. I and then I in a and I enjoy sailing a lot and so from there I went off to college and had a regular liberal arts education but during that time Ah I hooked up with a sculpture teacher who In his basement was building a beady for airplane and Shy I got to work on Beatty Beatty for airplane which is all aluminum fabrication rivets and things like that and So I've just been making things all along I started out as a teacher that wanted to be a teacher I graduated with a degree in education and I went to northern Italy and studied for a year. They're in Montessori Education. It became certified as an elementary level Montessori teacher I then taught after that for are five years and decided that I really didn't enjoy that it was. I felt I felt like I was burning out really quickly on it and TAME Came back brought my my wife and my baby child to my parents house and Camp Out on the Sofa for a month or two and Tried to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up on my mother finally got sick and tired of of that and She said Hey. Hey you know I know this. Nice young man. And he's remodeling a house and he needs some help and you know how to build things So you ought to go down there and and Dan she. If you'll hire you to do something and I went down and he hired me stuff. Insulation Attic of a two hundred and fifty year old house in Annapolis Helpless Maryland. It was a beautiful house. It was all timber frame. Basic core. Construction dovetails mortices and tendons everywhere everywhere. And it was just thrilling and stuffing insulation in. The attic was terrible and I did that for about two days. and Ah Jake Then decided that he wanted to hire me as a helper carpenter's helper. So I did that for a little while and decided if I they wanted to be a carpenter that I wanted to woodworking professionally and then I decided that I could do that anywhere And I ought to choose. Is the place that I want to do that. And so I chose Portland Oregon. My brother WHO's already here going to college and again I brought my my wife and daughter water out and we slept on his floor For a while until I got my feet under me and I did Various kinds of carpentry three and then finally settled into Cabinet making I I I was hired as a journeyman cabinet maker for the Charles Grant Company company here in Portland. Charles Grant Company doesn't exist any longer odd but it was the the largest most prestigious cabinet shop on the West Coast coast. It did a lot of very high in commercial work When I first started working there We were doing four floors of law offices in boob Inca all wall paneling all the doors when the elevator doors opened in your stepped into the hall. You were walking through sequence matched veneers Going around outdoors over bookcases. Everything is beautiful. Yeah for four floors And I was one of thirteen cabinet makers working there and the other there are only two of us spoke English as a native language. The other eleven had all served their apprenticeship in Europe up in the old traditional way where the parents pay the cabinet maker to take their kids away and teach them something useful and and and they they apprenticeship quite long. It's about four years or so and so they all had these beautiful handmade tool chest with full of beautiful handmade tools. And there. I was And I just felt like from the day I walked in the door to the day that I got laid off because they you know they are temporary slowdown On that my features weren't touching the floor. I was just running so fast. Just trying to just trying to keep my head above that water and So so that was really a special experience for me After that with that on my resume on I was able to which are able to get jobs in a couple of very nice con situations and I did I ran My own cabinet shop. I had twelve cabinet makers working for me and And I sold that and then I went to work for a a prestigious you just General Contracting Company as project manager and we did very high end homes there and so I've been I've been and seeking out very wealthy people and trying to get them to build. Allow me to build them something For some time and And that brings me to present so just so the audience knows. Can you tell me about Atlay. What what is the scope of Your Business Right Let's see basically I think of myself as wearing three different hats that I think of myself as a designer I will spend on some projects aval spent months working on my computer in autocad working. I can't on designs of things Designing both woodwork and and hardware for that woodwork. And also I designed lately I've been designing carve stone and tower two in as part of the larger project. I like working working with multiple trades in Working with top craftsman in other in other crafts and That's certainly the situation. I'm in right now. The project working on right now. I think I forgot what your original question was. I was I was just trying to actually And so that's the designer and then as a specialty woodworker I have my woodworking working shop in my backyard and I billed special things for the projects that I design and I also build things for other people to for other architects and other designers and and so yes I do a lot of woodworking. My shop is is specific acidic in that. It's not as small as twenty four feet by twenty four feet and it's not all set up for handling a four byte sheet of plywood and if I need to deal with far by shoot apply what I cut it down to rough size out in the driveway and then bring it in and deal with it then All almost all the work that I do in that shop is with solid. Wood solid woodworking frame and panel construction on that sort of thing and so I do a lot of specialty woodworking and then I also a licensed general contractor in Oregon Oregon and so I- organize a variety of other trades to accomplish projects I take on landscaping contracts And then I'm involved in The landscaping structures and building designing and building them I take on a residential construction projects and they may be designed by someone else or design them and then I build special would work work for them and supervise all the other traits. Bring the other trades in also so yeah Designer woodworker and general contractor. Now I know this is like asking you to pick your favorite child but which of those three brings you the most joy. Oh I think design and woodworking brings brings me the most joy I I really enjoy the general contracting because at its best on what I'm I'm just working shoulder to shoulder with other really top people in their fields and the synergy of the creativity that happens is is just thrilling and the the the final product is is just so cool and well beyond what I could've done
What is that mystery squeal on your Volvo?
"I have a nine thousand nine hundred eighty six. I'll Volvo station wagon and Last spring for just one week I had this problem and it started again about a month ago but I'm I'm I was driving on down in Boston. As a matter of fact I'm on the Cambridge exit getting onto the mass turnpike and all of a sudden. It sounded like a Boeing seven. Forty seven coming in for landing. Dan Unit Logan this high pitch warring noise. I thought the car was going to blow up and Then stopped for no reason and then I I drove around for a week and every once in a while just driving along and all of a sudden this noise and it stopped and went away and I thought well maybe duration ration- primate duration. Maybe a little bit longer and then sometimes it would stop and then another worry. Noise would come in and also the same pitches because you just described sometimes the same pitch and sometimes are not the same pitch and they wouldn't be they wouldn't be thanked. Okay Okay and then it stopped and I thought well maybe this is just because it was the first really hot day in the summer of the spring and then like a month ago it started again. And it's getting progressively worse. We're what color you can. Select question coming is blue. Yes yes it is hit and is it a seven forty or two forty forty two forty in the back. I I thought that was going to be my next question. Blue to forty and in the back in the back and it is. That's the right sound that the right south. I think it's the fuel pump. Uh Gone you awesome. Why not why not? It's only parties. We don't really thing that's back there. That would make that kind of south and in fact it does make that kind of sound and it's a common thing to happen and it's what was I actually. This isn't usually as high. Hi pitched is as you would lead us to think. We're talking like screaming. You're sitting in the in the cockpit of an airplane and and and he started. They started pushing you off often. I don't sit in the cockpit. Usually in the future lodge airplane a fuselage start back in Europe. So you're going to get ready to pass. They turbine start the turbines the noise. Can this happen at any speed slow. Slow speeds fast when it happened. Do you happen to notice. Did you happen to notice the tank was now. This is silly. Quick get the panthers with less than half full and half. uh-huh doesn't make any difference guys whether it's for almost empty tied. It can be cold it can be you know when I first started out the driver in the morning or craftsman driving for wire. And it's happening that'll stop and then it'll happen it'll stop. Yeah no I would bet money on the fuel pump. So you're telling me I need a new few you may also so Be leading to early fuel pump failure by having a dirty fuel filter. So you might want to have the fuel-filter change the pumpers and completely toast. Yet you may be able to salvage the week or two out of it but have that change and if you do of the pump change have the filter changed anyway. Yeah thanks guys. Go lucky to
Ban of "thin blue line" flag in Maryland sparks uproar
"Morning to you have you ever seen the typically black and white American flag with one single color line replacing one of the white lines it's a blue line it's a blue line and this it does this for for often as the thin blue line flag or thin blue line American flag and is meant to symbolize the police officers who serve as that seen blue line between order and chaos right so we have our police departments to rely on across the country are public servants who are helping to keep us safe keep the peace and do you have to do a job that imperils them potentially on any given day as we see far too many headlines of cops who were killed in the line of duty just doing routine things routine stops and all of a sudden losing their life in the process so there are people who honor them by of course flying the flag that Finn blueline flag they want to support them and in fact there was a nation wide woodworking effort to support the cops that was supposed to be on national first responders day which is October twenty eighth since come and gone so there was a call from a craftsman in Chicago to produce these thin blue line flags out of wood to deliver them to cops in every state all right here in Montgomery County Maryland there was a local one worker who answered the call his name is James Shelton and last week Monday that Germantown resident James Shelton and his son forest built they had built an American flag of what an American flag two of them actually one they put this blue line on and they brought it to the fifth district police station in Germantown W. jail as Kevin Lewis reports on this Kevin will be joining us this morning by the way eight thirty five to talk about this story they bring it to the cops they also bring one to the fire department is gonna thin red line on that one that's a fire station thirty one that's along d'armes town road in north Potomac so the cops are proud of it on Monday they get in by Wednesday they've posted a photo on social media Facebook and Twitter that show Shelton his son far as and I and three police officers all standing in front of the flag opposing they got a great photo and in fact the items the photo says on social media that they want to thank James Shelton who presented Montgomery County fifth district officers with a wooden American flag that he made and recognition of national first responders day they're proud of it they said the flag will be displayed in the fifth district station I gonna hang this line well that's when all the trouble started not long after people on social media started getting very upset about it upset about it somebody posting on Twitter that say blue lives matter flag they said it's racist and dangerous take it down now racist and dangerous to say the boy watch matter no disrespect to the citizens who were trying to show appreciation for their local police writes one social media user Monica Goldberg but boy lives matter is a racist response to black lives matter does not belong in a county facility take it down and the messages continue from there which leads us to our esteemed local leader mark outrage Montgomery County executive who constantly finds himself on the wrong end of important decisions and in this case he's done it yet again mark L. rich the Montgomery County executive said this on Friday evening quote the flag provides a symbol of support to some but it is a symbol of dismissive next to others because it is divisive the flag will not be posted at the fifth district nor any public space within the police department under my administration we are committed to improving police relations with the community and will immediately address any action that stands against our mission mark our actual weighing in saying remove it the bull fen blueline flag needs to go what's your message to mark hours this morning eight eight eight six three zero nine six two five eight eight eight six three zero W. I. L. L. first will he says is then it will he will immediately address any actually stands against our mission what your mission which mission is this against that's my first question but you keep calling it the thin blue line flag that is it is even in the thin blue line shop they call it the blue lives matter flag okay and so I think that's the problem people have with that that it should black lives matter started it should be anything that is not black lives matter if you say all lives matter if you say blue lives matter anything along those lines you you are your appropriating they're saying you're somehow diminishing black lives that's how they see it and and the the thing about this too is does she look like this is this is this is ray says to does not belong in a county facility take it down this is why I'm afraid to call the police and emergency because I'm afraid you'll hurt black people in my neighborhood the left is done a phenomenal job in again making making victims of people because they bestow victim hood on your so they have made anyone who is African American anyone with black skin is is a victim why because you are immediately on on the wrong side of the law number one they just assume that number one number two they assume that anyone wearing a uniform is an oppressor and therefore by you being black you are a victim automatically and so that has been so deeply ingrained that we have a very anti cop culture right now and this is happening all I think in the last ten years but but it is part of the left's quest to places all in groups and to divide because if you can get law enforcement fighting against on African Americans or African Americans fighting against black oppressor and oppressed you know and victim if you can make all white people Vic oppressors and anyone of color a victim you've done your job if you can put you know all Muslims are oppressed an and Christians are oppressors it all of those things have and have nots that's what they do because of your fighting each other you're not paying attention with the government is doing you're not paying attention what they're doing and ultimately they fly to the rescue and say all health care you can't afford to go to the doctor will fix that and they fix it so poorly they know that you're going to say this is terrible please fix it again for us we ask the government to fix the problems that they have purposely created and that's what's happening here that's what that's how I see this I see this as a presser verses victim that have been created by the last and that's why you can't have this because it offends somebody and now if witnesses before they do offend you too bad you're intolerant right well and of course that that oppressor victim arrangement will be artificially continued yes until powers obtained and exactly so so yet to to basically make flat assumptions that black people don't care about the lives of cops that's the position the mark our just taking I am and I don't think anybody I mean don't don't don't we all agree that we do need policing is not a sin shouldn't that just be a basic agreement but apparently it's not there's some division and because black lives matter and blue lives matter those things are not mutually exclusive those things can be true at the same time and they are this goes back to when people were saying don't say all lives matter it's offensive what it should be true it should be true yeah it's a matter of debate you're just a racist and involve and as I don't have time to address all these girls attacks but you talked about the relationship between cops in the community the the Obama presidency why this show active in destroying that relationship right destroying it because far too often when given the opportunity president Obama which side against the cops before the facts were even in how often did we see that we see it we thought constantly it's that damn real estate story was the most obvious one the professor were you at the end of having a beer summit and a bomb and knew he screwed up he was trying to fix it but he had sided against the cops and he kept doing that so that became an accelerated problem under his administration now what's your message to Montgomery County as they ban a friend blueline flag or if you want to call blue lives matter whatever you wanna call it they've banned this flag from appearing in that station despite of local would work on his young son making it for those
June 17th, 1765 in Williamsburg Virginia
"On this episode. I'm once again on location in colonial oneal Williamsburg in Virginia last time we were together. We were outside of Bruton Parish Church a congregation that was founded an Anglican congregation Gatien that was founded in sixteen seventy four Williamsburg was founded as a town in sixteen thirty eight and of course Jamestown Jamestown was the original capital but in sixteen ninety nine the capital of the colony was moved to here and it held that capital all the way until seventeen eighty when and during the revolutionary war it was deemed that Richmond would be a safer place well we are interested in the year seventeen sixty five in fact a date in seventeen sixty five on June seventeen seventeen sixty five a group of seventeen men got together and petitioned Russian the court here and Williamsburg. This is what they requested. We intend to make use of a house in the city of Williamsburg situated on part of a lot belonging to Mr George Davenport as a place for the public worship of God. According to the Protestant Austin dissenters of the Presbyterian denomination well. This is an Anglican colony. The Anglican Church is the the established church and these seventeen presbyterians wanted an authorized legal Presbyterian church to be established they actually actually added a ps two it and the PS was this as we are unable to obtain a settled minister. We intend this place at present only for occasional worship when we have opportunity to hear any legally qualified minister well. The city of Williamsburg granted their request. They established their church perch. It was just a small little modest meeting houses. They mentioned they're not even able to have a settled minister. I walked it off and it measures about twenty two defeat by thirty six feet and in this very simple meeting house these presbyterians met member how Paul ends Romans by listing listing off a number of people well here are seventeen names William Smith John Connolly Walter Lenox James Holdcroft Robert Burke Nicholson John orchiston James Douglas James Atherton William Gemmell Edward Cummins Thomas Skinner Daniel Hoy John Bell James Smith William Brown John Morris and Charles Hankins. These were carpenters vendor's craftsman. Some of them worked in the courthouse. These were the seventeen who started this church on June. Seventeen seventeen sixty five these presbyterians came out of the great awakening. They were a new side Presbyterian Rian Church that meant that they were not only in favor of the great awakening but many of these were likely converted during the great awakening some of them might have been in converted under the Ministry of George Whitfield. Remember that sermon that we heard a paragraph from by Steve Lawson. Some of them might have been converted by I Samuel Davies Samuel Davies was a Presbyterian Missionary Tha Virginia his first wife died and his second wife was Jane Holt. Her family was a prominent family here Williamsburg and so Samuel Davies made many visits to the capital city not only to see his in laws but also to petition before the Virginia legislature and before the Virginia governor for Religious Freedom and no doubt bolstered these presbyterians that were here in Williamsburg one of those ministers who came occasionally to preach actually to those ministers who came occasionally here to preach once they've established their meeting eating house were trained by Samuel Davies well. That's the Presbyterian
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Accessories for your dog and yourself
"I if you've just joined us, we're talking to Ted founder of vagabond dogs, a very very beautiful and timeless and cool accessories. Brand for doc. You also create some very cool products for humans. What are you working on? Yeah. Actually, I've got some pieces coming up soon. It's a collaboration with my twin sister. She does amazing embroidery on fabric, and we were kind of do insects of that in into the leather. And the next pieces were working on these really kind of luxury on coats. And I think there's three in particular that we're going to do and we're still figuring out if we're going to donate them as maybe to a silent auction or maybe the one of the big fundraisers later in the year. As kind of a prize 'cause they're really really detailed and intricate. So you know to put a price on it with the little too high. So we'd almost rather donate them. Get the attention. For the charity that way, and then we'll get feedback and collaborate that way. But it's basically a collaboration that would tie in me the dog accessories worth like a zipper pouch that humans. The owners would use or the a at that matches the collar that kind of thing. So it's it's Tien with a bit of a bookie Mian, very kind of artisan feel to it. And we've got a few designs that were putting out very shortly. Can't wait to see. I know you had mentioned something to me about maybe working in the future on dog tags is that something that you're doing as well. Yeah, we're going to we're going to do some coats, and then Dr bags after that the reason I put it off because I wanted to I'm still investigating some of these new fabrics and materials that are out there and mainly to give some vegan options vegan, just means plastic or canvas least some really. Really interesting turn it gives out there right now. But the little bit cost prohibitive, three D printed materials been playing around with rubber coatings that are laser etched mushroom. My Cillian weather. That's really at the forefront of vegan weather, it's a bit pricey. But I'm trying to bite out in bulk and see if we can get some some of those going, but those can be the mushroom my Celia. My there's amazing. Has its own. Yeah. It'll be bigwigs probably next year. And it's just it has natural antibiotic properties from the mushrooms it wicks away water like, whoa. It's really a fantastic. Very quickly. It's amazing material. So things like that we're going to be working on for the bad collection. My exciting is a little too. Yeah. If if I were to do a leatherback collection it would be quite expensive. 'cause I incorporate a lot of details. So wanted to get some vegan options, I think with generate a lot of interest. And I'm I'm trying to find some vendors where can bring the price down a little bit. Yeah. Fun stuff for later this year. Let's look forward to. I mean, your played is pretty full. But you've also got an internet TV show in the works. Tell us. Yeah. I'm really excited for it. I describe it as a project runway for dog accessories. It'll be TV series. And I've got a I got a few leather craftsman that I know around the world some of them were conduct sensory some of them don't. But they're so talented, and essentially that I think even if they don't do dog accessories. I think that they would be great for the show. So basically, you would be it's a design contest. I don't I'm still finalizing. Whether we'll have kind of a celebrity panel that will choose more on leaning more towards the internet audience would phone. Who the winner is? And basically each episode would have redesigned they'll have one accessory to design. So the first one will be a collar and one of the craftsman that oh, I definitely want to feature on. My first episode is a guy in South Korea. That's just mind blowing -ly beautiful stuff. He makes minimal. But this craftsmanship. He's very very cool. And then there's a woman in Norway is a few actually female craftsman up in the Scandinavian countries that I'd love to find one that's interested in doing this. And then myself so be the three of us competing to create this really Centric dog collar, and then you know, we'd have a panel of judges or the the internet audience. Choose the winner. And then following episode. Yeah. The winner would move on. And it would be maybe a leash or coat with all new competitors. So I'm working on putting that together. And I'm hoping early next year to have the first episode shot and edited and put online what a great way for people to get turned onto amazing craftsman from around the world, you know, there are so many people who loved fashion, I mean, loves fashion, and they're always looking for new things and not only to get turned onto craftsmen designers. But also new materials cutting edge materials, I think it's really exciting yet. It speaks to a lot of different areas. Yeah. It's the fashion which I'd like all of my endeavors to kind of point towards the adopt don't shop, and and spotlight the advocacy. So you know, the other thing I'm trying to figure out for the web series is maybe the winner. Joanie the collar to a local shelter, or maybe the callers, the three products are auctioned off online, and those those proceeds go towards the the winning craftsman's on charity, if they're you're it'll all spotlight advocacy. So it kinda brings the kind of luxury audience that really loves fashion and dogs and somehow kind of shining all of their attention and resources to to advocacy. So and then it's all worldwide,
The Asus Mothership Has Landed
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Sears to ask bankruptcy judge for approval to liquidate: sources
"Well, they filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy last year back in October. And I do believe they're facing a a judge today to try to their hanging by a thread ABC's Ryan burrow is that about right to today's a day where the folks from Sears are meeting with a bankruptcy judge. Is that correct? Yes. So there was one bid put on the table to try to save this retailer from liquidation, and it was placed by chairman Eddie Lampert. He put in a four point four billion dollar last. Second bid kind of at the deadline at the end of December. To try and save the brand. But it does not appear based on reporting close sources close to the situation that this is a sufficient bid, according to the bankruptcy proceedings, and the and the court they are going to court today. They will talk this out and see if maybe the pot or the deal has been sweetened at all, including more cash added potentially less debt wiped away as part of this bid. But all indications are right now that this is this is a long shot a hail, Mary if you will and liquidation probably isn't too far behind ABC's. Ryan burrow, joining us on the fate of Sears and KMart which Sears zones, by the way, and it pretty much seems like this is a situation where it's like an old car an old beat up car, the might be worth more for its parts. Then as a whole. Yeah. I mean, they've already sold off the craftsman brand, right? They did that in two thousand seventeen. So they are no longer the exclusive seller of craftsman that went to black and decker. They still. Got ten more. They were looking to to sell that offer about four hundred billion dollars and apparently Amazon their biggest rival right now at kinda sniffing around that. But we'll see the the idea by in Lampard's bid was to consolidate the stores bring it down to a level that would be manageable right now, they've got a footprint of about four hundred and twenty-five stores and think about that just last year they had seven hundred stores. So I mean, they've been shedding like crazy for the last couple of years and they've worked into eleven billion dollars in debts. And boy just just in that arrow op his has been a real struggle. How many employees currently work for that company? Ryan sixty eight thousand at the time of the bankruptcy filing. Now, we know since the bankruptcy filing. They've shed hundreds of more stores. So the figures probably more along the lines of about fifty thousand employees who are probably going to get some hard news. If this does go to liquidation ABC's Ryan burrow joining us. And I gotta ask you switching gears. Ryan, you're in Chicago. Ago. Are you a bears fan? I am. I am. I'm not I just want to ask at want to get your reaction. You've had a couple of days for it to settle in. And and you know, God bless Cody parkey. It's now been
Danielle Feinberg: Pixars Academy Award-winning computer scientist
"Oh my God. What an amazing computer scientists. And what are truly interesting career? She's had. Yeah. I really loved her advice to the next generation of telling girls or wizar- anybody else out there that they don't have to choose between arts and computer science that the answer can just be. Yes, you can do both. But to send that you said earlier is that everything that we do is going to be shaped by technology, and it will be yet. Another really interesting tool and everyone's arsenal and great that we have folks like Daniel helping to inspire that next generation cannot stress enough the importance of role models in helping kids be able to just imagine themselves. Whether they actually are going to choose particular career path not but just giving them the material where they can sort of magin the possibility of them doing something is so value. Lable especially for younger kids, you were talking about how you're kind of initial interest in computers came from gaming, and you thought that you were going to be studying graphics. You said you weren't creative enough to wanna do that. But you're still artistic you still do photography and things like that. Have you found that what you do as an engineer shapes the art that you in vice versa? I think not accidentally lots of computer programmers tend to get involved in photography and on the one hand, very titan. Whole thing you have to sort of understand how you camera works and apertures exposure times and ice owes and all of this stuff, but it's also a fairly artistic thing. And you have to be thinking about what it is that you're trying to convey to someone who's going to see if Ota graph that you take, and I just sort of love things that blend those two sides of your brain, the creative human side and the technical nerdy side. Not that nerds aren't humans? Because there is kinda this notion that a lot of people have where you don't need the right rain. You don't need creativity. When it comes to code. I personally completely disagree, but your perspective, and where you feel like creativity programming engineering intersect. I think there's a huge amount of overlap. The good thing about programming is I think it offers a safe haven for lots of different types of folks to be able to make really great contributions. I've always thought of code as craft borderline art. They're certainly deeply technical parts about coding, and in many cases in coding solving. A problem is more clear cut than putting out a piece of art it either gets the bits to the user in less than a second or not it either solve a particular. Algorithm. Problem inside of the constraints of a problem or does. But in writing the code itself, there's a lot that can be fairly artistic so for folks who never looked at co before it can be almost literary the difference between elegantly written code and sort of poorly. Written code is almost the difference between Finnegans wake and the scribblings of a five year old trying to learn language for the first time at all is just an incredible difference in like how programmers choose to express the solution to a particular problem. That's a great thing that can be in some cases, the interesting part of the job is the care to craft and detail that you take with the thing that you're doing for me tribute a lot of that not that I will claim to ride the world's most elegant code, but my grandfather and my father were both in construction. And my grandfather was a great craftsman. He cared about every little detail of the. Things that he was building. And even though on the surface coating is very different from building a house. Actually when you look at it. Many many many more similarities than there are differences. Definitely because things need to be done a certain way to work together. But you can also have a lot of freedom to build that house. However, you want and you're talking about some of the constraints that are in code before that something's going to work or it's not I think that kind of opens up artistic possibilities too. When you're forced into sometimes even certain constraints that can force people to be come more creative and more to stick. What would they decide to build? And also, sometimes when you're coding, you're building a system, you can put little flourishes in there that are incredibly satisfying. And you may be the only person who knows that they're they're, you know, the same way that a stone Smith might carve neck stra little thing into something. And she may be the only person in the world who knows that that thing. Is there but incredibly satisfying? I love it. So once again, it's been great chatting
World Series expert picks: Will Red Sox or Dodgers win it all?
"Teams after I saw every one of them playing person Red Sox Astros, Yankees, Indians brewers dodgers and that order. I absolutely think the Boston Red Sox have a better club that the dodgers. And I think they'll win this in six or seven I agree on the six and seven. I don't see us going to sweep like so many people do and part of it is there's not a lot of experience on both sides against you know, the top tier pitching Manny Machado in. Brian dozer have seen Chris sale at ninety seven ninety two and done some damage against them. And the same thing goes with Clayton Kershaw JD Martinez being in the, you know, the front of the order in owning Kershaw relatively in in eleven at bats. Do you sense that the key to the series is the field period? And who could feel out the other team quicker? Well, I think that's part of it. But in a short series in for me in any any series. It's about the pitching in. I am concerned about Chris sale. I'm not as concerned anymore. As much as I was about Kershaw. He's got the Kershaw. Although he's more of a craftsman. Now, you've got three lefties going for the dodgers you got to in the rotation going for the Red Sox. I'll take my chances with the right handed hitting Boston Red Sox against those three lefties. I think that could be a big big advantage when you are looking at a JD Martinez in the middle of the order, Mookie Betts, Bogaerts Nunez, those guys that hit from the right side. I think they're going to do some damage in Fenway. I think it's gonna be a different game in LA. You know, I I worry about them pitching to die like, Cody Bellinger. For example. I think he had to keep the ball up on him. He's an uppercut swinger. You put the ball down. You may never see it again. I think these are pretty quick pitchers at I think the way they pitched the opposition is going. Is going to determine who winces, and that's not a genius comment. Are they it's all about the pitching, no doubt? And I think the way that the the Red Sox has set it up where they have Chris sale going game one David price game two, and then the unknown so ripper Selo and Nathanael have all the will be coming out of the pen in the first game or two depending on what goes on in. Do you sense it they're they're protecting themselves from a a short start from occur sailing game one? Right. I think that's exactly what they're doing. I don't think I would even though they did it all year long. I don't think I would pick up these back to back. I think they are doing it. Look, I think Alex Cora was the manager of the year. He and bo-, you know, bowl mill with the athletics. I don't say anything that guy does. But sale, you know, just coming back from the hospital probably lost a couple pounds said he couldn't afford to lose place at the game of his life. Can he do twice in a row? I think that can that's why I think the Red Sox are a little bit better team at this point of the year much better during the season. But you know, you gotta give credit for the dodgers. They scrapped themselves back into this. They one and I give him credit. I just don't think I think they're going to get get up managed. I think Alex Cora and the Red Sox front office is gonna do the job. A former staffer the Astros and Mariners currently with clubhouse corner dot com is kind enough to join us here. Cambio tonight. Drew harvard. Kevin Franson, we are previewing Dame one of the World Series tomorrow night at Fenway Red Sox dodgers Clayton Kershaw. Chris sale. We've been talking about the pitching birdie. I do want to get more into the offense on both of these teams. We're talking about a dodger team who set their franchise record two hundred and thirty four home runs this year. And then he had the Red Sox knocked around. The Astros was twenty nine runs in five games. Jackie Bradley, jR, driving and nine in the AFC. Yes. So tell me about the offense for both of these teams. And really who do you think has the biggest advantage? But I still think it's the Red Sox the wildcard for me could be mad Kemp he won't be starting at D H. They have to of course, and us mad count in their order in the middle of the order behind Machado and in front of Brian dosier. They're using dosier as well. It's mad Kemp that kind of scares me on the Red Sox. He's the great unknown. He can hit the gaps. He can hit the ball over the played as well rested. He had a terrific first-half tailed off in the second half. He's the guy that when you put put all the chips down now Matt Kemp may pick him up. So he's a guy that scares me in the line. David freezes quietly under the radar. They have some weapons. No question. We all know what Justin Turner can do we've seen. What Chris Taylor can do. This is a very very good club. You've got a pitch to bell. And you're like I said they've got to keep the ball up. The bed is is make them swing at it. Get away from the uppercut swing. Yes. Of course is dangerous. But on the other side of the ball, Mookie Betts. You know, Mookie Betts when I saw him first off in the Arizona fall league. He was playing second base. He was far enough of the best athlete in the air that year. This guy makes things happen. Then he's followed by Benintendi. And granted he's a left-handed hitter. But he can smack the ball, and how do you pitch to JD? So I think these are very well balanced teams. But I think pitching and Fenway is going to be a little bit too much for the dodgers. And I think they're going to lose at Fenway, maybe two games. And then we'll see what happens from there. Yeah. I think it's huge. If you know, especially the the Red Sox hold serve then they can play around a little bit not play around. But having Mookie come in and not really be afraid of like he's going to cost us. Oh, no. Because when he was there this year and even in the past that you could play. Yes. So much range. We all know that. No question about it holiday. Would you like to pick up a Nathan? The scrapping. You know? How would you like to have a number three starter name Nathan Valdez control the ball a hundred miles an hour who the dodgers had at one point. And now he may win a game against you. I mean, there's so many corks to this when you can get a guy like a ball deep during the season as your number three starter. You know, I just love it. I love it for both teams Verney who's your who's the guy you worry about more at the back end. Is it kenley or kimbrel kimbrel against this team? By the way, one for thirty one guys that are on the in the lineup for the dodgers won for thirty one against him. Well, I would never ever say a bad word about kenley Jansen. Is on his game right now. He scares me. But the Red Sox may put these away before its time believe me, and if they can then kenley Jansen if they can't then kenley Jansen is to be reckoned with the guy is still great. I feel sorry for what he's dealing with. And I think he's gritty gutsy, but you know, kimbrough's no slouch either both. These bullpens are really really strong. These are these are two good teams. I don't think they're the best two teams. I think these are two good teams. What's your thoughts on Manny Machado? And just the way he's been pretty demoss postseason. I am old school my friends. It made me sick to my stomach to see what he did it at first base. Tasers secular. It makes me sick to my stomach to see him going into second day slake that and I think the thing that made me the sickest is when you say hustling is not my Cup of tea on a scout, my friends and the first thing that we fill in. There's three things can this guy play is he better than what we have. And number three. Can you play for us? And for me on my form. No he cannot play for us. There are teams that would love to have him though. Run to him. That's fine. You put that guy in the mid west or in some cities, you put them in San Francisco and watching my hustle watch. What happens for me? It's a way over the top. I didn't like it. I don't like it. And I think it's going to hurt him. I I. I think the one team that everyone talked about is the Phillies in him going to I'm calling because out here. He he killed. Yeah. Try this or New York or any other big market that he's projected to go. What do you think is agents said the reaction of his agent when he read those comments, please. You just saw it. You saw him hustle. You saw last game. He played hustling kept his mouth shut. But you know, what damage is done. He is not the type of guy that I think is gonna win you the pennant. I like us a scrapper much more. Yeah. You can knock the fence down. But you know, it's not all about him. You give me a Justin Turner any day of the week. I'll take that Bernie. I think I'm sorry. Go ahead. Why don't you finish your thought? Go ahead. I think in general this dodgers team is a little bit over the over the top for me. I think pointing to your muscles rounding, you know, your home run your home run trots a bit over the top for me. I was just curious on how fast that switch is flipped when you see a guy like minimum Chato acting this way because we see a pro sports, Bernie talent will usually Trump everything else. Yes it well. And that's why I said there are teams that are going to run to them they wanna badly and again for the clubs that I was with with the Houston Astros with the Seattle Mariners. I don't think we would have taken that type of demonstrative behavior. But the game has changed and you either love it or or get out of it and don't pay any attention. I happen to love it. But I don't have to like what I see from some players believe me ninety nine percent of these guys are much different. They're wonderful guys. And all it takes one guy to show off like that. And give other people a bad name. I didn't like it. I guess that clear. Hey, we got you a prediction with the Red Sox in either six or seven but tomorrow night who is your guy is it sale is occurs show. Or is it somebody else? No Kershaw gets game one. I think Kershaw is pitching very well. I worry about sale I worry about about the hospital the stomach. I don't know if he's less weight. I haven't seen him.
Meet the billionaire who led Sears into bankruptcy
"Retailing in the US for more than one hundred years. But now it's filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy protection. And while some retailers have been able to recover retailing expert. Brit beamer says Sears is not likely to especially after selling two of its iconic brands Kenmore craftsman. Breath represented huge huge about a sales and even more huge above of the appropriate. They're out there for Sears leverage anymore to get those shoppers. Flood door the company, which is billions in debt says it will shut down another one hundred
Identity: Who Am I Anyway?
"Discarded though because they're worthless. Poems. And then there are some that I keep an eye and I wanna crumple them up and throw them away because I'm not proud of them. You know, I keep them. I think as a reminder that I'm not the best poet in the world. I don't know. I keep them, but yet we have this master craftsman this, you know the creator of the universe who has written us down in his poetry book of life and has said, perfect, I made you just the way I wanted you to be made. You're a beautiful poem, even though you're messy and you're muddy and your broken, and he have cracks every which direction you are beautiful. Yeah, of Jesus inside you. Absolutely. And because he sees the perfected version of us right now, we inhabit a world that is corrupted through sin and death, and sometimes that twists and deforms that perfection that he has in mind for us. But as long as we're with him that perfection that he sees us will be restored at some point and this broken shell that we're living in at the moment will be discarded and we'll be given the perfect form that he saw in us from the very beginning. Yeah. So that's kind of it. As far as I mean, they're so much more. There's yeah, I mean, we could. We could probably devote the whole podcast to just talking about various aspects of identity, but you've touched on a lot of the important things and you've certainly given us some some good verses to hang onto and to remember, you know, in some of those dark times when we're feeling a little bit lost. Yeah, we need to dig these verses up and really lean into those and cling to them for all were worth. Yeah, and I'm gonna work, putting together a resource that has a list of all of these things that we are or that we have, meaning that we have a relationship and inheritance with Ben transformed are accepted. We are secure. We are significantly have purpose all of those things with versus Zo that they can be stuck in your bible or your nightstand or hung up on. In your bathroom, mirror or whatever so that they can be referred back to constantly because it is hard when we live in a broken fallen world, and we live in a time where things seem so uncertain and just kind of topsy turvy to really stay grounded in the certainty of who we are because of who made us and who lives in us is so critical and important. And I think a good part of that too is is we need to know what God says about us, but we also need to know what God says about God. We need to know what his characteristics and qualities are too. So as important as it is to look at these kinds of verses, it's it's just as if not more important to look at the verses that that speak to who got his and we can. We can even see that within these verses. We can see, you know, he is creator. He is creative. He is. Stored if he is the the, the God of forgiveness and redemption and all these things. So anyway, I will try to make that resource available as quickly as a can hopefully by the time this is released, it will be out. But finally kind of a final thought. Isaiah forty, five. Verse nine says, woe to the one who quarrels with his maker and earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth will the Klay say to the Potter? What are you doing? And like that because because again, like we are God's creation, he is the master carpenter, the master craftsmen. He knows what he's making. He has made it exactly the way he wants us to be, and and then he's given us a purpose. And he said, now now go be the vessel. I've created you to be go, do the job I made you to do. I didn't make somebody else to do it. I made you to do this job. You go do that job. And so often we get confused and we get thrown around and we are wondering what is called want me to do well, what should I be doing? And you know, go, do the job God called you to do, which is guess what to glorify him to follow after Christ. Yes, that is true. Those are those are true things I was going to close with our closing. I was gonna say, we created to love God of people. Unless people this, those are good things to. All right. You guys have an awesome day God be with you and to seek after him. All right. Lots.