Friday, January 31, 2014

You've got to have confidence in your tools.


It's vitally important to have confidence in your tools; all tools.

A lack of confidence you will either get you or someone else hurt. I've seen it. When teaching a new student how to use a tool safely; whether it was a table-saw, a hand-drill, or even a hammer, doesn't matter. If the person using the tool isn't confident they will hesitate, be less than committed, and eventually they may get seriously hurt.

There are a multitude of ways to look how to build confidence, but ultimately it comes down to feeling that the tool is not a hindrance. At it's essence, you don't want to fight the tool. You want to let the tool do the work. After all, by the classical definition a tool is supposed to be the thing that "saves work".

Thursday, January 30, 2014


There's not a lot that won't get a spaniel excited but there is something special about snow. Whether it's the rarity of it here, I just don't know but it certainly elicits some pretty strong emotions in the pups (only slightly dwarfed by the anticipation of a 3 year old little girl waiting desperately for it to snow enough to make her first snow angel (not pictured)).
Always focused....Always.