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  • Back to the Future

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    My last post generated just the right amount of negative commentary for my tastes. Some people thought I was just poking a stick in their eye. Others thought that I wasn’t talking nonsense and was just reinforcing the framework of their lives. Either way, I leave you with this in conclusion: the only, in my opinion, good self help book is a how to book. If I ever feel that I need help I’ve never once considered emotional help but rather I look for the tools to help me climb that mountain. How to tie knots. How to make snow shoes. I don’t look up how to feel like a winner. You’ll feel like a winner on top of that summit. Now let’s talk about going back to the future. Continue Reading

  • [not] Self Help

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    The irony isn’t lost on me that at the exact time I start to ponder, and get into discussions with others, regarding attitude and self help topics, the new year and it’s burdensome “new you” resolutions are upon us. Like most thought exercises, the kickoff came from a small talk comment that exploded into something more. Call it a rant; I call it philosophy. Continue Reading

  • firewood Toe-MAY-toe vs. Toe-MAH-toe

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    The story begins like this: At a small, and no doubt Southern Baptist, church in the hills of Appalachians a fire and brimstone travelling revival preacher had come to save the masses. Continue Reading

  • On Travel and Occupying Your Time

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    Tonight I’m headed overseas and thought that I’d like to share the few things I routinely do or bring with me when I take a trip overseas. As I’ve traveled more and more I tend to pack less and less. You probably notice that about yourself. Your first European trip you might have brought two outfits for every day. Your third trip saw you packing underwear and two t-shirts.

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  • Drop Some Knowledge

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    Very often I am asked where I learned how to build furniture (or weld or build anything). Fortunately for us living in the Internet age you can all share in the love and knowledge. Books, videos, blogs – you name it – this woodworker is baring all.

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  • What You (Don’t) Need

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    Way back, I wrote a little bit about my favorite notebook. The great thing about a notebook, and a blog too in some ways, is when you take a moment to open it to the beginning and look back at where you started. In mine, I like to not only record my ideas but what I was thinking or doing at the time too.

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  • Rabbit Holes the Rabbit Hole

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    A guy that sells stuff probably should not be droning about getting rid of stuff. The problem is that I’ve been thinking a lot about minimalism lately. What does it mean to be a minimalist – to get rid of things and do more with less?

    Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
    “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
    “I don’t much care where –”
    “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
    Lewis Carroll

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  • graffiti heavenly figure (don’t act) Cooler Than You Are

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    Let me tell you a story. Last week I taught my first ever woodworking class at TX/RX Labs. It’s nothing crazy, we make a cutting board out of maple or cherry. Sorry guys, we were out of cherry for your class. We had a lot of fun, no one chopped a finger off and I made some friends while getting to spread the Raum Furniture love a little. Continue Reading

  • Fashion tips Fashion Tips from a Furniture Builder

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    Crazy, right? You’re thinking, how on earth does this guy think he can give fashion tips? You’re doubly shocked if you know me. I’m bearded, tall and am always three years behind the trends. Luckily for you, I won’t be sharing my eau d’pine scented beard oil application tips or my cowboy boots for dummies workshop secrets. I give you the very best – fashion tips from G. Bruce Boyer. Continue Reading

  • Bauhaus Profile Bauhaus Design Inspiration

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    If you’re looking for a little bit of design inspiration in your work, or you read my post about the Bauhaus Archive a few weeks ago, you can head on over to Harvard’s new digital gallery of all the great Bauhaus works.

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