The chalk and crayon marking the plain maple surface might resemble a compass to the uninitiated, but it was supposed to be a means of focusing our psychic energy.
Frank's replacement habit for obsessively reading dictionaries was doing the New York Times Crossword.
A friend of ours called it spuddling - not getting on with the task, working feebly.
So, you couldn't use these to mop a floor.
Have you ever marched up to someone significant in your life, greeted them warmly, and had them struggle to remember who you are?
My wonky right eye has caused no end of trouble for me.
I posted on using cement on the end grain of a small schooner I was working on a while ago. The logic was that this particular carving would have lots of unsupported end-grain prone to breakage while I was carving.
Hidden among the cobwebs in many family attics are the ghostly remains of Granpa and Granma's wild past.
The Grey Menace liked going into class with me almost as much as he enjoyed parties.
In college, I had a professor who had his lecture notes bound in leather. Two things were unfortunate about this: first, the paper was plain yellow legal pad paper - not a very durable choice. But more importantly, he had decided that his lectures were immutable, perfect, and never needed changing.