• Two wildflowers from a walk: Mullein and Ghost Pipe

    I never remember the name of Mullein, Latin name Verbascum thapsus (left/first photo), so I thought I’d blog it in an attempt to remember. Fun facts about the Mullein: It does not flower until the second year, and an individual flower is only open for a single day. The second I saw for the first […]

    Two wildflowers from a walk: Mullein and Ghost Pipe
  • Spoon Carving

    Some spoons, scoops, and spatulas I’ve carved in the past two years: My Process Roughing: I tend to cut out most of my blanks on the bandsaw, though sometimes I axe out my blanks. Occasionally I’ll use a drawknife on my shavehorse. Shaping: I shape with both a Foredom rotary tool and a standard Mora […]

    Spoon Carving
  • What I’m Currently Reading

    Looking for a Ship by John McPhee – Reading this with my friend Jon Richer, with whom I build boats. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson – Just for fun. (By the way, Stephenson has a new book coming out this fall.) Cræft by Alexander Langlands – I focused a lot in the last year on improving […]

  • Making kitchen tools from a log

    A friend gave me some nice cherry logs that I sealed the ends of and let dry for the past year. I haven’t done much of my own milling, but I decided to get one of the logs out and see how much I could make out of it. What I ended up getting out […]

    Making kitchen tools from a log
  • How my relationship to technology has changed in the past decade

    I used to want every new device and cool gadget. I watched keynotes, preordered things, scouted Kickstarter for the latest and greatest. Now my iPhone is 3 generations behind and I have no intention of upgrading until it dies. I’ve lost count of how many generation behind the iPad I’m writing this on is. I […]

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  • Bread Lames

    Like a lot of folks, I’ve been baking sourdough bread this year, and I wanted a bread lame to score the top. While making a few other projects, namely spoons, I split two small pieces of cherry with a natural curve that I thought would be perfect for a bread lame, so I got to […]

    Bread Lames
  • Currently reading

    Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler Oranges by John McPhee Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell Analogia by George Dyson Up next: The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson Looking for a Ship by John McPhee My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin

  • Turning Candlesticks on the Lathe

    Back in September I made a serious effort to learn how to turn wood on the lathe. I turned a few tenons on the stool legs earlier this year, but that is it. I was on the hunt for a good beginner project and Amanda asked for some candlesticks, so I got to work. As […]

    Turning Candlesticks on the Lathe
  • Dad has a blog!

    My Dad now has his own blog: clgrimmett.com He is using the Seedlet theme and is hosted at Pressable. His first post is about firewood. Go check it out!

  • Turning Christmas Ornaments

    We decided to change up our Christmas decor this year and go with an all natural aesthetic. Dried orange and cranberry garland, a basket instead of the tree stand, and wooden ornaments. I’ve been learning how to do lathe work this year, so after Thanksgiving I started turning ornaments. I’m still pretty new to turning […]

    Turning Christmas Ornaments
  • Two Staked Wooden Stools from The Anarchist’s Design Book

    I love staked wooden chairs and I want to learn how to make them, so I picked up The Anarchist’s Design Book from Lost Art Press. All of their books are top-notch and I highly recommend them. Christopher Schwarz’s introduction on what he means by “anarchist” resonates deeply with me. I figured I’d start small […]

    Two Staked Wooden Stools from The Anarchist’s Design Book
  • Wooden Joiner’s Mallets

    I made three wooden joiners mallets this year, following the Paul Sellers videos (1, 2, 3). The first has a head of laminated Beech and an Ash handle. Mostly because that is what I had around! There are no nails or screws in these, just wooden joinery. The handle and mortise in the head are […]

    Wooden Joiner’s Mallets
  • Malloreddus Boards

    Amanda was watching a video about different types of handmade pasta (we had a lot of time on our hands during the pandemic and finally got some flour!) and asked if I might be able to make a malloreddus board. I decided to give it a try! I started with sawing and planing down a […]

    Malloreddus Boards
  • Coffee Filter Holder

    Amanda and I wanted to hang our coffee filters in a little nook above our coffee grinder, and I happened to have a lot of free time on my hands back in April, so I decided to make one. This one by Yoshitaka Nakaya that inspired me: I didn’t really have much of a side […]

    Coffee Filter Holder
  • Cape Falcon F1 Kayak Builds

    Over the winter of 2018/2019 and summer of 2019 I built two Cape Falcon F1 skin-on-frame style kayaks. I want to be better about documing my projects here, so I’m taking a few posts to document the backlog. The primary benefit of a skin-on-frame style kayak is how light it is. They end up being […]

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    Cape Falcon F1 Kayak Builds
  • Maintenance on a Shopsmith Mark V

    Fixing a stuck floating motor sheave and cleaning out years of grime on a Shopsmith Mark V.

  • What I’m Currently Reading

    Turing’s Cathedral by George Dyson – I’m struggling to get through this one, but I really want to finish it. I started reading the physical book but ended up turning to audio, which I think is a better format for this. The sheer number of names, dates, and technical details make it tough to read, […]

  • Now

    This is my now page. You should make one, too. Last updated: 29 Jan 2022 Living I live in Peekskill, NY Working I work at Automattic on the WordPress.com Special Projects Team. Projects Raising a baby boy Creating generative art Building a digital garden with WordPress Currently Reading See my last Currently Reading posts and […]