Emmet Audio

Emmet Audio

www.emmetvandriesche.com
Welcome to Emmet Audio, the first podcast about spooncarving with a mix of business topics and other things related to working for myself, hustling out a living doing what I love.


Where do you find inspiration and ideas?
Feb 24 • 7 min
The power of interdisciplinary thiught
Innovation and evolution
Feb 23 • 8 min
Lessons from the Munich Transit Museum
The advantages of a commission and specials sales model
Feb 21 • 15 min
Spoiler alert: they are massive!
You need more data
Feb 20 • 5 min
And what to do with it?
Traveling habits
Feb 19 • 4 min
Even when it isn’t easy
Finding the new in the familiar
Feb 15 • 2 min
Gaining perspective anywhere
The leap
Feb 14 • 6 min
How does it happen?
A sense of agency
Feb 13 • 5 min
Motivation and the balance between Independence and security
Leading with “I’m sorry”
Feb 12 • 5 min
And why we forget to do so
Understanding the details that matter
Feb 11 • 5 min
And how to present them
Breaking out of social media habits
Feb 10 • 7 min
Some ideas
Picking away at things
Feb 9 • 5 min
The power of small bites
Bonus episode: what somebody else needs doesn’t have to be what you yourself needed
Feb 8 • 6 min
Even if you think it does
Motivation
Feb 8 • 10 min
Internal and external
In a hotel somewhere
Feb 7 • 6 min
Notes from the road
Teaching to the individual
Feb 5 • 6 min
And the work you need to do to be good at it
Proceeding in the face of potential failure
Feb 4 • 9 min
And the power of that narrative no matter what happens
Dithering
Feb 3 • 5 min
Character flaw or deep body wisdom?
Creating sales opportunities
Feb 2 • 16 min
Especially when you work for yourself but also for other situations too
Boundaries around when you work
Feb 1 • 5 min
Especially when you work from home
Revisited: selling in person for introverts
Jan 31 • 5 min
A follow up
Any large project is like baking a loaf of bread
Jan 31 • 6 min
Yes this is a metaphor
Being more creative on how we approach our work
Jan 30 • 4 min
And how that intersects with technology
Over and under sharing on social media
Jan 29 • 8 min
And why I balance personal and professional content
Restraint
Jan 28 • 5 min
Meeting and thwarting expectations
What stores do that is bad for you as a maker
Jan 27 • 5 min
This surprised me
Stop carving crooks and start testing your beliefs
Jan 26 • 4 min
Just because everyone says so doesn’t make it true
Pushing past the story we tell ourselves
Jan 25 • 4 min
Getting back on the horse
The resilience of work diversity
Jan 24 • 4 min
When your back gives out
Building a following when you only have a few followers
Jan 23 • 6 min
Or a community, or whatever you want to call it
Everyone is an athlete
Jan 23 • 4 min
Train like it
Pleasant surprise
Jan 22 • 5 min
How all things are defined relative to our expectations
Balancing ambition with attention to the moment
Jan 21 • 5 min
Not just for the self employed
Pushing back against habits
Jan 19 • 4 min
Good or bad
Learning skills we are scared of
Jan 18 • 4 min
Two approaches
However many tries it takes
Jan 17 • 5 min
That’s what it takes
Stepping up to the plate
Jan 16 • 9 min
In tiny steps
Being a good partner
Jan 15 • 5 min
And working to be a better one
The problem with purity
Jan 14 • 6 min
How it makes us do dumb things
Beware someone else’s blind spots
Jan 13 • 7 min
You don’t know cause and effect unless you know and can understand the fuller picture
Beware outside influence
Jan 12 • 6 min
The han tendency to mimic, whether we like something or not
Giving a talk
Jan 11 • 6 min
Speaking to an audience where they are at
Working from home
Jan 10 • 7 min
Thoughts on how to make it better
Seeking the pinnacle of your craft
Jan 9 • 4 min
And electrifying performance
We are like trees
Jan 8 • 4 min
And yet we are not
Is your content earning trust?
Jan 7 • 7 min
And what does it mean to betray that trust?
The challenge of radial symmetry
Jan 7 • 5 min
And what it might teach me
The joy of decluttering
Jan 6 • 6 min
Removing things from a scenario and what it can do for us
Supplying other makers
Jan 5 • 8 min
The hidden opportunity
The single most important thing for growing your income as a maker
Jan 4 • 11 min
Distinct from growing your business
Does the world really need more of your (or anyone’s) work?
Jan 3 • 5 min
Listen to me stick that landing at the end!
Looking back at past work
Jan 2 • 6 min
Did this one with my younger daughter, age 7
Running lean
Jan 1 • 5 min
The secret to actually making a living
Opportunities in the spooncarving scene, or any scene
Dec 31, 2019 • 6 min
Some ideas
Building in stages
Dec 30, 2019 • 3 min
Plans for the new workshop
Outpacing the pace of change
Dec 29, 2019 • 16 min
The most critical factor in changing your standing among your peers
Site repair and the future of my workshop
Dec 28, 2019 • 6 min
A new location!
A better way to eat cookies
Dec 27, 2019 • 4 min
Enjoying the damn things
Downrigging and unpacking
Dec 26, 2019 • 8 min
The important things that happen after you’ve crossed the finish line
Taking the pressure off of Christmas
Dec 24, 2019 • 6 min
The gift wheel
Remembering how to get up early
Dec 23, 2019 • 6 min
Getting back on the horse
Next to the stupid idea is the great idea
Dec 22, 2019 • 3 min
How playfulness gets you there
The secret to warm hands
Dec 21, 2019 • 4 min
And no, it’s not gloves
Peer relationships
Dec 20, 2019 • 7 min
And how they push you
Expressing all of yourself
Dec 19, 2019 • 3 min
Spooncarving and pop music
How should I price my work?
Dec 18, 2019 • 10 min
And why does it matter?
The magic of animal chores
Dec 17, 2019 • 5 min
Bringing ritual and caring together
The power of completing things in one go
Dec 16, 2019 • 5 min
And sometimes at a cost
Advertising is stupid
Dec 15, 2019 • 7 min
And lazy. And bad for business
The opportunity of rainy days
Dec 14, 2019 • 6 min
Taking advantage of slow times
When things come at the expense of something else
Dec 13, 2019 • 5 min
What do you do?
You don’t need to be first
Dec 12, 2019 • 5 min
Even though we are tempted to think so
Why I don’t sell Christmas wreaths through the mail
Dec 11, 2019 • 11 min
An examination of business options
Course correction: the power of small actions
Dec 10, 2019 • 7 min
As illustrated by this morning
Preparing for rainy days
Dec 9, 2019 • 7 min
Big and small
How much should I pay for help?
Dec 8, 2019 • 6 min
The case for paying more
You need more information
Dec 7, 2019 • 7 min
In order to know if what you’re doing is working
Uncovering what we already know
Dec 6, 2019 • 5 min
The power of writing
Tools for specific situations
Dec 5, 2019 • 3 min
Usually I hate them. But not always
Do I need to keep pushing into new areas?
Dec 4, 2019 • 10 min
This is a rhetorical question
Field days
Dec 3, 2019 • 4 min
Move over Kon Mari. This deep cleaning is about to get real.
Paths in the snow
Dec 2, 2019 • 3 min
Establishing habits
Battening down the hatches
Dec 1, 2019 • 3 min
A good thing
The advantage of asynchrony
Nov 30, 2019 • 4 min
Being quiet and being loud
On Black Friday
Nov 29, 2019 • 7 min
A rant
Cleaning up vs cleaning out
Nov 28, 2019 • 5 min
The art of tidying
Retail psychology
Nov 27, 2019 • 7 min
Tips I’ve learned from the wreath trade
Hard deadlines
Nov 26, 2019 • 4 min
And other lessons from catching the school bus
Getting stuff done
Nov 25, 2019 • 5 min
Another trick
Always be re-assessing
Nov 24, 2019 • 6 min
And the power of nimble infrastructure
Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Nov 23, 2019 • 9 min
On dealing with jerks
What other people want is not what matters
Nov 22, 2019 • 7 min
Do it for you first
The power of making your bed
Nov 21, 2019 • 6 min
And other habits
A generous way to use Instagram
Nov 20, 2019 • 7 min
A challenge
Rebuilding the list
Nov 19, 2019 • 5 min
How I (try to) keep from dropping the ball
How to pick a winner
Nov 18, 2019 • 7 min
Immediate response
The 20% rule
Nov 17, 2019 • 7 min
And why it matters for the long term health of your business
Complexity and resilience
Nov 16, 2019 • 7 min
Some examples
All hail the nap
Nov 15, 2019 • 6 min
My new favorite thing
Keep it simple stupid
Nov 14, 2019 • 6 min
What matters
No such thing as bad weather
Nov 13, 2019 • 5 min
Only bad clothing
The power of five minutes
Nov 12, 2019 • 5 min
Your secret weapon
The curse of doing it right
Nov 11, 2019 • 6 min
Get the paint on the house
Protect your hands
Nov 10, 2019 • 6 min
And other insights
Like lighting a fire
Nov 9, 2019 • 4 min
A metaphor
Emmet Audio (Trailer)
Nov 9, 2019 • 0 min
Mentality and ethics of the grind
Nov 8, 2019 • 13 min
A question answered
Tiny houses
Nov 7, 2019 • 9 min
What are they good for?
Density and manageability
Nov 6, 2019 • 5 min
A theory
Don’t ever put things on sale
Nov 5, 2019 • 7 min
Ever.
The 4 elements of making a lot of money at something
Nov 4, 2019 • 9 min
A breakdown
What’s your tribe?
Nov 3, 2019 • 8 min
And is that a BS distinction?
The year ahead
Nov 2, 2019 • 10 min
And a review of the year behind
When you’re having trouble starting
Nov 1, 2019 • 6 min
Sidle your way up
Art spoons
Oct 31, 2019 • 11 min
Is it time?
Do more followers make your opinion more valid?
Oct 30, 2019 • 10 min
Spoiler alert: nope!
Life is a package deal
Oct 29, 2019 • 5 min
You don’t get to pick and choose
The last ten percent
Oct 28, 2019 • 3 min
How tempting it is to leave it undone
Sharing the road
Oct 27, 2019 • 4 min
A manifesto
You need to have something to say
Oct 26, 2019 • 8 min
More than you need the skill to say it
The list as a time management tool
Oct 25, 2019 • 5 min
And learning to adjust expectations
A successful hard pivot
Oct 24, 2019 • 6 min
Clearing the decks
Using right now
Oct 23, 2019 • 5 min
The power of the present moment
You can’t surge trust
Oct 22, 2019 • 4 min
You need to invest in it
Fairness
Oct 21, 2019 • 6 min
Get over it
Celebrating the familiar
Oct 19, 2019 • 5 min
The value of re-affirming the things we appreciate
Hypocrisy
Oct 18, 2019 • 6 min
A rant
The art of triage
Oct 18, 2019 • 8 min
Being clear about priorities when you only have so much time
Just because no one’s done it before
Oct 15, 2019 • 5 min
Doesn’t mean it’s not a great idea
Social media is like college
Oct 14, 2019 • 8 min
No, not in the way you just thought
Maintaining balance
Oct 12, 2019 • 2 min
When you need to be social
Garden fertility
Oct 11, 2019 • 7 min
For the long haul
Job safety
Oct 10, 2019 • 6 min
Three different types of risks
Spoon design: finding the limits of your assumptions
Oct 9, 2019 • 6 min
You don’t know what you don’t know
What you expect of yourself is what you do
Oct 8, 2019 • 7 min
Chinking the gaps
Man hours
Oct 7, 2019 • 5 min
The temptation and the failure
Life is like driving your sleeping kids on a highway
Oct 6, 2019 • 5 min
Oh, responsibility you old specter
Keep your eyes forward
Oct 4, 2019 • 3 min
Don’t look back
Finding your voice
Oct 3, 2019 • 6 min
Even (especially) when you don’t think you have one
Being done for the day
Oct 2, 2019 • 6 min
Finding enough
How to catch the bus
Oct 1, 2019 • 9 min
Time management insights gleaned from my kids
Make lists
Sep 30, 2019 • 2 min
Common sense
Public speaking
Sep 29, 2019 • 11 min
Long form and short form
Puttering
Sep 29, 2019 • 7 min
And the art of site repair
Sharing truth on social media
Sep 28, 2019 • 6 min
Bonus! I sprain my ankle partway through!
Freshness
Sep 26, 2019 • 15 min
Another crack at talking about design
Are there limits to productivity?
Sep 25, 2019 • 7 min
Incremental improvements
Reaching the limits of growth
Sep 24, 2019 • 11 min
And how to surpass them. The current state of the union
Contributing to the culture
Sep 23, 2019 • 11 min
Thoughts from the Common Ground Fair
Motive matters
Sep 21, 2019 • 6 min
How understanding a more nuanced view of history can help us communicate better in the present
The three elements of spoon design
Sep 20, 2019 • 7 min
How balanced are they in your own work?
How I avoid writer’s block
Sep 18, 2019 • 7 min
One really simple tip
Bonus episode: not being under anyone’s thumb
Sep 17, 2019 • 5 min
Someone’s got my hackles up
The danger of complexity
Sep 17, 2019 • 9 min
Why clever solutions lead to failure
Does your social media presence match your reality?
Sep 16, 2019 • 7 min
This is sooooo important
The toll of selling in person
Sep 15, 2019 • 8 min
My apologies for being so tired!
Why knowing the history of a scene matters (and why it really really doesn’t)
Sep 14, 2019 • 10 min
Kayaks and spoons
Jealousy and discouragement
Sep 13, 2019 • 9 min
How who we surround ourselves with affects our mental state
Reading aloud
Sep 11, 2019 • 4 min
And to one another
Collaboration
Sep 10, 2019 • 6 min
The underrated secret power
Sidestepping triggers
Sep 9, 2019 • 4 min
Or, the getting on the bus strategy
Being inspired by others
Sep 8, 2019 • 6 min
How to run with that ethically
Everything is my fault
Sep 7, 2019 • 5 min
And that’s a good thing
False assumptions
Sep 6, 2019 • 5 min
As so many often are
Learning to carve vs. carving to learn
Sep 5, 2019 • 5 min
An interesting shift
Tolerance
Sep 4, 2019 • 6 min
Tight and loose
How to know what to shoot for when you’re just starting out
Sep 3, 2019 • 16 min
The beginning of a conundrum
Hand tools are CHEAP
Sep 2, 2019 • 11 min
And often are a smarter choice for a business starting out
The joy of completing things
Aug 31, 2019 • 10 min
The power of small bites
Developing an aesthetic eye
Aug 30, 2019 • 10 min
And how that interacts with function
Why I run a waitlist
Aug 29, 2019 • 11 min
And why I close my books for part of the year
A variety of tool options
Aug 28, 2019 • 7 min
Sometimes it’s good to change things uo
Outboard motor: a metaphor
Aug 27, 2019 • 7 min
When the action you must take is also the potential source of the problem
Carpal tunnel
Aug 20, 2019 • 7 min
And what to do about it
Scale and preciousness
Aug 19, 2019 • 6 min
An inverse relationship
Getting back on the horse
Aug 18, 2019 • 4 min
Dealing with frustrated attempts and overambitious expectations
My booking system
Aug 15, 2019 • 11 min
And getting to inbox zero
Digging deep
Aug 14, 2019 • 8 min
Making it work when you don’t think you can
Burning the candle at both ends
Aug 13, 2019 • 9 min
How and when to do it, or not
Incremental changes
Aug 12, 2019 • 6 min
Sustainable change happens in small bites
Drew Langsner”s Country Woodcraft
Aug 11, 2019 • 7 min
Thoughts on reading an old classic
Call your family
Aug 10, 2019 • 2 min
Before you need them
Trajectory is everything
Aug 9, 2019 • 9 min
Putting in the hours in different ways
Clean the damn toilet
Aug 8, 2019 • 10 min
General thoughts on taking responsibility
Dealing with low motivation
Aug 7, 2019 • 10 min
What I do
When specialization is helpful
Aug 6, 2019 • 6 min
It’s probably not all the time.
Stop scrolling and start researching
Aug 5, 2019 • 5 min
Breaking the habit of hoping to be inspired
Being prepared
Aug 4, 2019 • 3 min
The backpack edition
The three elements of craftsmanship
Aug 2, 2019 • 7 min
As defined by a Mortise and Tenon magazine article
The stuff that lags behind
Aug 1, 2019 • 5 min
As you increase frequency of a thing, some bits often get overlooked
My personal uniform
Jul 31, 2019 • 5 min
And why I wear it
Frictionless
Jul 30, 2019 • 9 min
Digital payment systems have a business model built around convincing us that there system imposes less friction on the customer. That is true, but only in a very limited way.
Your first idea is rarely your best
Jul 29, 2019 • 6 min
And the value of impermanent solutions while you resolve the permanent one
Don’t put off until tomorrow
Jul 27, 2019 • 4 min
What you can do today
Doing one extra thing a day
Jul 26, 2019 • 4 min
And how that adds up
What the heck is a polymath?
Jul 25, 2019 • 5 min
And why we are all one
Bonus Episode: carving blind
Jul 24, 2019 • 15 min
But really, safe habits for everyone
Just cause you said it doesn’t mean they heard it
Jul 24, 2019 • 5 min
The dangers of presumptive communication
Are you addicted to Instagram?
Jul 22, 2019 • 10 min
Here is what I did about that.
Are you ready for an economic downturn?
Jul 19, 2019 • 13 min
Things you can do.
What stories are you telling yourself
Jul 18, 2019 • 7 min
And how is that not serving you?
Tips for blogging
Jul 17, 2019 • 5 min
And what to avoid
Viral moments are like cancer
Jul 16, 2019 • 11 min
And other tangents
Stretching out a task
Jul 15, 2019 • 5 min
To meet our assumptions
Linking habits
Jul 13, 2019 • 6 min
In which I come up with an incredibly original idea (not!)
Things come in threes
Jul 11, 2019 • 4 min
The bad and the good
Bonus Episode. Good work doesn’t have to be the star of the show
Jul 10, 2019 • 4 min
And sometimes that’s the point
So you want to start teaching spoon carving
Jul 10, 2019 • 25 min
Here’s all my best advice
It’s always easier to buy than it is to earn
Jul 9, 2019 • 11 min
Stop buying dumb stuff
Batch releasing your work gives you distorted data
Jul 8, 2019 • 17 min
And other reasons not to do it
Diagonal integration for long-term business stability
Jul 7, 2019 • 5 min
A useful metaphor
Turn off the radio
Jul 6, 2019 • 3 min
Find what your mind has to tell you
Weed your garden
Jul 5, 2019 • 5 min
We live in the present moment, which is shaped by our environment. Tend to it.
Being useful
Jul 4, 2019 • 5 min
Even when you can’t be productive
Momentum
Jul 2, 2019 • 7 min
It’s so often the deciding factor on whether or not you accomplish something
How to be productive when family is visiting
Jul 1, 2019 • 6 min
It can be easy to throw in the towel and lose all momentum
Gather
Jun 29, 2019 • 3 min
Just do it
Take 2 days off a week
Jun 28, 2019 • 5 min
And attend to your home environment
How to give a talk in eight minutes or less
Jun 27, 2019 • 10 min
Thoughts on a talk I gave last night that went really well
The story of our farm
Jun 26, 2019 • 10 min
And how that became our book
Enjoying the things you can’t control
Jun 25, 2019 • 4 min
There are things that are on demand and things that are fleeting and have their own timeframe
Nothing is a Crisis
Jun 24, 2019 • 8 min
At least not professionally
Why you need to start now
Jun 23, 2019 • 2 min
True story!
227: taking care of your body
Jun 22, 2019 • 18 min
Tips for dealing with overdoing it as a craftsperson- stretching and massage included
226: Discipline, habit and boundaries
Jun 21, 2019 • 9 min
How do you continue something?
Bonus Episode: feedback and it’s limitations
Jun 20, 2019 • 5 min
How to figure out the blind spots in your own sense of things
224: Improving your Sharpening
Jun 20, 2019 • 5 min
It always always always helps
23: Being Fully Human on Social Media
Jun 19, 2019 • 14 min
So often we place and keep ourselves in silos, afraid we’ll lose what little we have if we open up. This is neither helpful nor true
Bonus Episode: ratchets vs. entropy
Jun 18, 2019 • 4 min
The scale of your ratchet matters
221: Ratchets
Jun 18, 2019 • 8 min
Both positive and negative, in our lives
220: New Tricks
Jun 17, 2019 • 5 min
It’s never too late and nothing is “not for you”
Always question the process
Jun 16, 2019 • 4 min
Don’t just blindly follow someone else’s order of operations
Eliot Coleman’s Rubric
Jun 15, 2019 • 8 min
Ad how we can apply it to a craft business
Pressure and Purpose
Jun 14, 2019 • 9 min
Possibly the secret to happiness
216: tips for carving small and large forms
Jun 13, 2019 • 11 min
These extremes are different in their requirements. Here are my best tricks 4 avoiding mistakes
If You Want to Work For Yourself
Jun 12, 2019 • 9 min
You should start right now
How Sharp is Your Pencil?
Jun 11, 2019 • 4 min
How sharp should it be?
212: Selling at Market
Jun 10, 2019 • 20 min
My top points for how to successfully sell your work at a market.
211: Wooden Spoon Geek Out- All Hail the Plastic Bag
Jun 8, 2019 • 4 min
You need one in your tool kit
210: experimental vs. normal
Jun 7, 2019 • 7 min
You need both
209: Wooden Spoon Geek Out- Two Types of Cuts
Jun 6, 2019 • 7 min
And you’re probably only doing one of them
How I Hack Productivity
Jun 5, 2019 • 11 min
Disclaimer: nothing new under the sun
207: bonus episode- Why You SHOULD Make Your Hobby a Business
Jun 4, 2019 • 2 min
Betcha didn’t think of this
206: Dogma and how to deal with it
Jun 4, 2019 • 5 min
In ourselves more so than in others
205: Wooden Spoon Geek Out- a great edge
Jun 3, 2019 • 6 min
The difference between a good edge and a great one
204: Taking a Day Off
Jun 2, 2019 • 6 min
You’ve got to work towards that
203: The Basketball Game
Jun 1, 2019 • 4 min
It feels like a parable, but it’s true
202: You Need a Website
May 31, 2019 • 7 min
And other things that might be holding you back
May VAC: microchamfers, burnishing and finishing
May 30, 2019 • 16 min
This is the end of the VAC! Thanks for taking part
May VAC: finishing the spoon bowl
May 29, 2019 • 16 min
And a little about the back of the bowl
May VAC: Using a hook knife:part 1
May 28, 2019 • 22 min
Including some rants
198: Shaking up the routine
May 26, 2019 • 3 min
It’s the best way to appreciate the routine again
May VAC: Adjusting the handle and chamfers
May 24, 2019 • 26 min
The second half of carving the handle
May VAC: Neck cuts, rim pivot cuts and other important details
May 23, 2019 • 25 min
Really the first half of the Sloyd knife use
May VAC: Using a sloyd knife safely
May 22, 2019 • 19 min
Also a brief overview of process
May VAC: Axing the spoon blank
May 21, 2019 • 28 min
From splitting the waste to final details
May VAC: Trimming the spoon blank with the saw and getting it to the right thickness
May 20, 2019 • 20 min
All the details about sawing that we usually gloss over.but.are.actually super helpful to know
192: The Opportunity of Trust
May 18, 2019 • 8 min
How we ask for money, and when we ask for money, in a transaction, is fundamentally important and an opportunity many of us squander.
May VAC: grain orientation options and axing in the initial crank face
May 18, 2019 • 21 min
Also how I draw the initial shape
May VAC: splitting down billets and fundamentals of axe safety
May 15, 2019 • 25 min
This is a must listen
May VAC: choosing, storing and processing wood for spooncarving
May 14, 2019 • 22 min
This is perhaps the most important thing and it is so underappreciated
May VAC: Sharpening hook knives
May 13, 2019 • 33 min
Another choose your own adventure tape
May VAC: a word about wood chips
May 11, 2019 • 2 min
You will thank me for this later
May VAC: some important details about stropping
May 10, 2019 • 18 min
What matters and what doesn’t
May VAC: axes, sharpening them, establishing bevels, and a little about hollow grinds
May 9, 2019 • 23 min
A bit.rambling, but my dogs kept finding deer bones in the woods and distracting me
May VAC: Sharpening sloyd knives, what matters and what doesn’t
May 8, 2019 • 28 min
This a choose your own adventure, but it.helps to follow the map until you’re familiar with the terrain
May VAC: stumps and clubs
May 7, 2019 • 24 min
You need them. Here is what matters
May VAC: What tools do I need to start spooncarving?
May 6, 2019 • 14 min
Your options, and an overview of the coming month
Patience, unfortunately
May 5, 2019 • 5 min
That’s the answer to so many things
180: Empathy
May 4, 2019 • 5 min
This morning I had this experience
5 businesses you could build up around spooncarving
May 3, 2019 • 8 min
These are the top five low hanging fruit that I can see for someone looking to build a spooncarving related business
178: wooden spoon geek out- the axe tells you a lot
May 2, 2019 • 2 min
Moisture content and wood quality becomes evident right away
Bonus thought!
May 1, 2019 • 2 min
Everything changes. Get over it. Try new stuff
175: But what about the new Instagram? Isn’t it to blame?
May 1, 2019 • 6 min
It’s easy to lament the algorithm, but the truth is, whether or not your strategy is working has little to do with that.
Wooden spoon geek out- moisture content
Apr 30, 2019 • 5 min
How do you know if a log has the right moisture content?
All business is relationships
Apr 29, 2019 • 6 min
We forget that the relationships are THE point, not the sale.
Wooden spoon geek out: what’s going on if I can’t sustain a long cut?
Apr 28, 2019 • 6 min
Three possibilities
171: Don’t make things more complicated than they have to be
Apr 27, 2019 • 3 min
What can you do right now in five minutes that will deal with 90 percent of the problem?
170: wooden spoon geek out- discolored wood, mold, fungus, ants nests
Apr 26, 2019 • 7 min
How much is too.much?
What’s the chip on your shoulder?
Apr 25, 2019 • 6 min
A true story
Bonus wooden spoon geek out: should I buy spoons?
Apr 24, 2019 • 7 min
What is the value of buying spoons from people to get an understanding of what their work is like? Is it necessary for.doing.good work myself?
167- wooden spoon geek out: how do you know when to be done?
Apr 24, 2019 • 6 min
Stopping is sometimes the hardest thing, followed only by knowing when and how to continue
166: when you make a mistake
Apr 23, 2019 • 5 min
What do you do? How scared are you of this?
165: wooden spoon geek out- how to achieve smooth lines
Apr 22, 2019 • 7 min
Getting clean smooth lines is not hard, once you understand these few points
What legacy do you hope to leave?
Apr 21, 2019 • 5 min
Some thoughts on life and dying (don’t worry, I’m not dying)
Practice makes possible
Apr 20, 2019 • 4 min
What I learned from my first day recording the audio version of my forthcoming book
The trouble with deadlines
Apr 19, 2019 • 5 min
How to work for yourself without going insane
Wooden spoon geek out: nerve pain
Apr 18, 2019 • 5 min
How to manage and mitigate the pain associated with carving
160: Fake it til you make it?
Apr 17, 2019 • 4 min
Where is it helpful, and where is it.not?
Wooden spoon geek out: roughing out
Apr 17, 2019 • 5 min
It’s fast. It’s loose. It’s essential.
158: Notre Dame
Apr 16, 2019 • 5 min
When things get destroyed…
Woodenspoon geek out: thoughts on scale
Apr 15, 2019 • 4 min
It might just be what’s tripping you up
When the middle is not the way
Apr 14, 2019 • 4 min
So often the middle path is best. Here is one instance where it is decidedly not.
Wooden spoon geek out: microchamfers!
Apr 13, 2019 • 5 min
Why you need em and how to make em
154: How to never go out of business
Apr 11, 2019 • 6 min
Don’t leap. Don’t take baby steps
153: wooden spoon geek out- top profiles
Apr 10, 2019 • 8 min
Envisioning these is tricky. But they are important to define early
152?: Another trick up your sleeve
Apr 9, 2019 • 3 min
It does you no good to oet yourself stay stuck. You always need to have another angle of attack
151: wooden spoon geek out- achieving symmetry
Apr 9, 2019 • 6 min
Here are my best tips
150: the flexibility of working alone
Apr 8, 2019 • 5 min
How multiple businesses and being a solo operator help me use each day most effectively
Wooden spoon geek out: the benfit of using fewer hand positions carving
Apr 7, 2019 • 4 min
Why I get better results flipping the spoon over and carving blind rather than keeping it face up and switching grips
Good enough
Apr 7, 2019 • 5 min
The story of a wood shed
147: wooden spoon geek out- understanding crank
Apr 5, 2019 • 6 min
It feels so mysterious. It’s really not
146: the power of incremental improvement
Apr 4, 2019 • 5 min
Small changes over time stack up, and they often take you to places you didn’t anticipate or envision at the beginning
145: woodenspoon geekout: why things are taking so long
Apr 3, 2019 • 4 min
If you’re nibbling and nibbling at your spoons, read this now
144: how to run a wait list (rather than letting it run you)
Apr 2, 2019 • 8 min
The deliberate psychology needed when there is always something you could be doing.
143: wooden spoon geekout- stretching, massage and posture
Apr 1, 2019 • 6 min
Here’s what I do to keep my body healthy. One other obvious thing i failed to mention was just to take it easy! Don’t overdo it. That’s the most important thing.
Stretching for it
Mar 31, 2019 • 4 min
In my life, putting myself in positions where i need to stretch for things has been what has forced positive changes and growth
Too small to fail
Mar 28, 2019 • 3 min
Gosh I love this concept.
Wooden spoon geekout- common mistakes
Mar 27, 2019 • 9 min
The most common things I see people struggle with and what to do about them
Bomus episode: who’s on your team?
Mar 26, 2019 • 1 min
The answer is more people than you realize
138: what does your Instagram account say about you?
Mar 26, 2019 • 7 min
And what box does it put you in?
137- wooden spoon geek out: workflow
Mar 25, 2019 • 4 min
How good workflow eliminates unpredictability and pruduces better results
What is skill?
Mar 24, 2019 • 6 min
I don’t think it’s as mysterious as we make it out to be
Wooden spoon geek out: improving your consistency
Mar 23, 2019 • 7 min
Here are the three main thinga you can do.
134: offering vs. selling
Mar 22, 2019 • 7 min
What’s the difference? Does it matter?
133- wooden spoon geek out! Sourcing wood
Mar 21, 2019 • 6 min
What I look for and some different means of getting it
Bottlenecks and pain in the necks
Mar 20, 2019 • 4 min
They are actually opportunities
131- wooden spoon geek out- rim to bowl transition
Mar 19, 2019 • 6 min
This is a tricky thing to get exactly how you want it. But once you have a process the whole thing is more controlled. Here is mine.
130- struggling towards balance
Mar 18, 2019 • 5 min
How hard to push, when to ignore your body and when to listen to it.
Wooden spoon geek-out- eliminating smudges from your spoons
Mar 17, 2019 • 4 min
Why it happens, and the top couple of things you can do about it
What does your feed say about you? (And what box does it put you in?)
Mar 16, 2019 • 4 min
Beware feeling stuck
Bonus episode: you also need to try lots of new stuff!
Mar 15, 2019 • 5 min
It’s both.
126- the allure of the new, or is it paralysis?
Mar 15, 2019 • 4 min
It is always tempting to start new things. Here is why not to.
Wooden spoon geek out- undoing a twist
Mar 14, 2019 • 5 min
How to realign the handle and bowl of a spoon when they are not in the same plane.
124- the Momentum Threshold
Mar 13, 2019 • 9 min
You might not even realize you are below it
Wooden spoon geek out: how thin and delicate can you make a spoon?
Mar 12, 2019 • 7 min
And how do you do that without ruining it?
122- what is the most important thing you need to do today?
Mar 11, 2019 • 4 min
Do that FIRST
121-wooden spoon geek out: templates
Mar 10, 2019 • 7 min
To template or not to template, that is a juicy question
How I price my work
Mar 9, 2019 • 9 min
For those of you who haven’t heard it before, here is the full story. Pricing is not a team sport. Run your own race.
Wooden spoon geek-out: pushing through failure
Mar 8, 2019 • 6 min
What you do when you fail is just as important as what you do when you succeed
Do you have to be fair to your customers?
Mar 7, 2019 • 6 min
What does providing amazing customer service look like? Is fairness theost important thing?
117-Wooden spoon geekout: mouthfeel
Mar 6, 2019 • 7 min
My tips on getting an eating spoon to feel great in your mouth. Because otherwise what’s the point?
Customer service like you give a damn
Mar 5, 2019 • 6 min
So often as makers we worry about streamlining our experience. That has it the wrong way around
Wooden Spoon Geek-out- Aesthetics
Mar 4, 2019 • 5 min
Dare we talk about this?
114- why you should ask for help (even when you are uncomfortable doing so)
Mar 3, 2019 • 5 min
So often, we don’t ask for it. And so often we don’t offer it fully to others.
Wooden Spoon Geek-out- Rims
Mar 2, 2019 • 8 min
Carving clean, even spoon rims is one if the most difficult things. Here is how I do it.
Telling the truth when things aren’t working out.
Mar 1, 2019 • 3 min
Not enough of this, frankly
111- Wooden spoon geekout: gaining speed
Feb 28, 2019 • 7 min
My top points for getting faster at carving
110-Getting your mojo back
Feb 27, 2019 • 5 min
What can you do when you’re in a funk?
109- how to get a clean knife finish when carving wooden spoons
Feb 26, 2019 • 5 min
It’s a combination of miisture level and sharpness
108- What is your purpose?
Feb 25, 2019 • 7 min
Being able to articulate this keeps you going when you might otherwise stop
Wooden spoon geek-out: how to get the right bowl thickness
Feb 24, 2019 • 7 min
Getting the right bowl thickness is so tricky, and makes such a huge difference for the feel ofnthenfinished spoon. Here is how I do it.
106- what sets someone apart from the field?
Feb 23, 2019 • 5 min
Skill is rarely enough.
105- accepting help
Feb 22, 2019 • 3 min
I often go it alone. But offers of help can be disproportionately valuable
104- Do the right thing (and you know what that is)
Feb 21, 2019 • 6 min
It’s not about fairness. It’s about what you want the dynamic to be going forward
103-Something is Better Than Nothing
Feb 20, 2019 • 5 min
Something is better than nothing
102- Pain Modulation
Feb 19, 2019 • 5 min
A true story!
Why stuff will always fall apart and wuat you can do about it.
Feb 18, 2019 • 6 min
It’s entropy, baby!
100- the power of habit
Feb 17, 2019 • 6 min
Celebration! 100!
Everything takes longer
Feb 16, 2019 • 4 min
I need this reminder every single day
98- Seeking Balance
Feb 15, 2019 • 5 min
Self-promotion vs. contributing to the culture
97-Hygge
Feb 14, 2019 • 5 min
Winter is sweeter with a little hygge
Biting off more than you can chew
Feb 13, 2019 • 3 min
That’s what I did!
Stuff Creeps Up
Feb 12, 2019 • 3 min
Without you noticing, dullness sets in
94- Asking for Help
Feb 11, 2019 • 1 min
Always a decent option
93- Forgetting to Begin
Feb 10, 2019 • 3 min
Sometimes we realize we had a goal and we just kept assuming we would start it tomorrow.
93- In Real Life
Feb 9, 2019 • 5 min
Take that idea off the page and actually try it. You’ll learn more than you ever imagined
92- Giving a Shit
Feb 8, 2019 • 7 min
You won’t go far if you don’t
91- Obsolete
Feb 7, 2019 • 5 min
Revising your website is a thankless task. But somebody needs to do it.
90- the cost of perfection
Feb 6, 2019 • 6 min
The math doesn’t add up
89- the advantage of responsibilities
Feb 5, 2019 • 6 min
We often see commitments and responsibilities as disadvantages when it comes to pursuing our dreams. I think it can be the other way around
Editing Your Instagram Feed
Feb 4, 2019 • 6 min
I find this to be a critical part of how I put my best foot forward.
87- a cut above the rest
Feb 3, 2019 • 3 min
In your field, who is doing it better? How clearly can you articulate why?
86-What will you sacrifice?
Feb 2, 2019 • 3 min
If you want something, some dream, it will take effort and work to get it. What will you give?
85- Choose Remarkable
Feb 1, 2019 • 3 min
…over popular every time
84- Two scenarios to an accident
Jan 31, 2019 • 2 min
And how i got burned
83-Extra
Jan 30, 2019 • 2 min
Thoughts while shoveling
82-Slow days
Jan 29, 2019 • 1 min
Rsther than stopping, slow down
81- the customer experience
Jan 28, 2019 • 5 min
Often we focus instead on iurnown experience first
80- Gut Photography
Jan 27, 2019 • 10 min
A bit about my philosophy of taking pictures
79- In Control
Jan 25, 2019 • 4 min
Working for yourself is always an option. Why are we talking about this more?
78- In Advance
Jan 24, 2019 • 5 min
Getting a jump on things feels sooooo good. Why don’t I do it all the time?
77: Perseverance
Jan 23, 2019 • 1 min
Nothing more to say
76-Life Is Long
Jan 22, 2019 • 3 min
Make sure you’re trajectory is pointing where where you want to go
75-New Customers ans what they tell you
Jan 21, 2019 • 6 min
Does what your offering appeal to someone?
74-Maintenance
Jan 20, 2019 • 4 min
Sometimes you don’t realize you need it when you really do
73- Being Available
Jan 18, 2019 • 4 min
This is an unpopular belief, but part of long term success
72- Time Management
Jan 17, 2019 • 6 min
What I learned from the Great British Baking Show
71-Don’t Rest On Your Laurels
Jan 16, 2019 • 6 min
If you don’t evolve and innovate, the attention will go somewhere else.
70- keeping an even keel
Jan 15, 2019 • 3 min
This time of year it is easy to feel depressed, and in general being sepf employed is hard on the mood at times. Here is something that helps me
69-Dealing with Rejection
Jan 14, 2019 • 7 min
It’s an inevitable part of working for yourself. Here are a couple of things to do about it
Crescendo
Jan 13, 2019 • 6 min
Building to something creates tension, and tension creates movement
67: Skill, Story, and Attention
Jan 12, 2019 • 6 min
More complicated than you think
Finding Your Style
Jan 11, 2019 • 6 min
Developing a style that is recognizable as your own is a long-term, never ending process. Here is how it worked for me.
65- Better Bookkeeping
Jan 10, 2019 • 6 min
Newsflash: I’m bad at it. But I want to get better
64-Transitioning to Self-employment
Jan 9, 2019 • 11 min
Two different scenarios
63- A Scheduling Strategy
Jan 8, 2019 • 4 min
How I’m managing a massive to-do list
62- making space
Jan 1, 2019 • 5 min
Clearing physical space can pead to mental space, and vice versa
61-The Customer Journey
Dec 31, 2018 • 6 min
It’s usually anything but short and simple
60-Serendipity
Dec 30, 2018 • 4 min
Luck meets preparation
59- habit and inertia
Dec 29, 2018 • 5 min
It’s a double edged sword
58-The Danger of Pausing
Dec 28, 2018 • 6 min
Losing your flow state carries a cost
57-Setting Up Tomorrow
Dec 27, 2018 • 5 min
In a very particular way, this general principle can be invaluable for any goal
56-Meta-thinking
Dec 26, 2018 • 5 min
Thinking about the business can be one of the most useful things you do for the business
55- Stepping Up
Dec 25, 2018 • 5 min
Someone is going to benefit from you sharing what you know. So share it.
54-Gratitude
Dec 24, 2018 • 3 min
Nothing else to say
53-Temporary Solutions
Dec 23, 2018 • 6 min
You don’t know what you will really need until you’ve done it for awhile. So move fast and cheap and don’t spring for the permanent thing right away.
52-Exercises
Dec 22, 2018 • 5 min
Deliberate exercises to oush yourself outside your comfort zone have an outsized effect on where we end up
51-Small Bites
Dec 21, 2018 • 5 min
Life and business are full of overwhelming moments when a task that seemed straightforward hits a road block. And then another. And then another.
50- Less Perfect
Dec 20, 2018 • 5 min
Perfectionism is a limiting factor, holding us back from starting or continuing or sharing what we want to do for feeling it’s not ready. It’s never ready. Do it anyway.
49- Retrospective
Dec 19, 2018 • 7 min
Matt White and I sit down to talk over where we were two years ago when we first met.
48- Transitioning
Dec 18, 2018 • 7 min
How and when to transition to working for yourself is such a tricky, and personal, question. Here’s my story and thoughts on the matter.
47- Bottleneck
Dec 17, 2018 • 5 min
Figuring out what can go wrong is often a matter of finding the bottleneck.
46-Discipline
Dec 16, 2018 • 4 min
You don’t know if you’ve got it until you let go.
45- Be Generous
Dec 14, 2018 • 7 min
It’s easy to be generous with those more powerful or connected than ourselves. It’s far more important, however, to be generous to those less connected and powerful than ourselves.
44- Be Quiet
Dec 13, 2018 • 5 min
It can be the hardest and best thing
Burnout
Dec 12, 2018 • 6 min
How to avoid it and what to do when it inevitably shows up
Repeat customers and what they tell you
Dec 11, 2018 • 5 min
The repeat customer is your most valuable resource
41- Saying no (and when to do it)
Dec 10, 2018 • 5 min
The importance of analyzing demand and profit to figure out if it’s time to start saying no to things
Clarity
Dec 9, 2018 • 5 min
Success comes from knowing what it means for you, in this moment, to succeed
39-Staying Motivated
Dec 8, 2018 • 5 min
It can be so so hard…
Working From Home
Dec 7, 2018 • 6 min
Some considerations to keep in mind when you start to work from home
37-Change
Dec 6, 2018 • 5 min
One thing is certain: you cannot just keep doing the same thing, even (and especially) if it is working
Building Your Customer Base
Dec 5, 2018 • 17 min
It’s a long one, because it’s jam packed with good stuff
35-Necessary Waste
Dec 4, 2018 • 8 min
In the beginning of a journey, a certain amount of waste can be strategically necessary that would not be tolerated later on
34- Tunnel Vision
Dec 3, 2018 • 5 min
The pitfalls of thinking too narrowly
Pricing by reacting
Dec 2, 2018 • 7 min
We over think pricing.
32-Trust
Dec 1, 2018 • 4 min
And now for a little story….
31-what your website isn’t doing (yet)
Nov 30, 2018 • 12 min
Longer than usual episode because there are a lot of details to cover.
30-Selling in the Beginning
Nov 29, 2018 • 6 min
Keeping your sense of self worth intact in the face of early slow sales is one of the toughest things. Here are some tactics.
29- Get To the Edge
Nov 28, 2018 • 5 min
The edge is where the meaningful contributions to the community are.
28- Control Your Supply
Nov 27, 2018 • 9 min
Controlling the means of production is one of the strengths of a land-based business
27- Dealing with Imperfection
Nov 26, 2018 • 7 min
How do you feel good about your work when, as a craftsperson, you know that some is better than others?
26- The Danger of Double Counting
Nov 25, 2018 • 6 min
No, not that kind of double counting!
Build a Community, Not a Following
Nov 24, 2018 • 6 min
Social media metrics makes it easy to focus on the wrong things. But in the end, a community is what is going to support you when you need them.
24- The Value of Free
Nov 23, 2018 • 5 min
The psychology of free vs. on sale
23- Don’t Go All In
Nov 21, 2018 • 6 min
It’s popular opinion that to succeed at something you need to go all in. I’m here to tell you that’s not necessarily true.
22-Permission
Nov 21, 2018 • 5 min
No one is going to give it to you. (Except me, right here.)
21- Serving Your Customers
Nov 20, 2018 • 6 min
Doing one thing is not enough. Instead, you need to realize the needs of your current customers and address those
20- Product, Service, Education
Nov 19, 2018 • 5 min
There are three basic ways to earn money as a craftsperson. You should probably figure out all three.
Your Life
Nov 18, 2018 • 3 min
Short episode today guys.
18- Be About More Than One Thing
Nov 17, 2018 • 5 min
You don’t need to be the best. You just need to be pretty good at a unique combination of things.
Start Before You Are Comfortable
Nov 16, 2018 • 5 min
A little pep talk for people feeling out of their depth
The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Nov 15, 2018 • 5 min
Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves don’t serve us.
15- Keep the Bar Low
Nov 14, 2018 • 5 min
We usually start projects with high standards and expectations. Here, I argue that it is crucial to lower these.
14- Now Is the Time
Nov 13, 2018 • 5 min
Get off your butt and do that thing you tell yourself you will do in six months. Right now.
13- 5AM
Nov 12, 2018 • 4 min
There is time. There is always time. The question is, are you willing to do what it takes?
12- Deliberate Practice
Nov 11, 2018 • 6 min
How deliberate practice can help you lean into your thing and really improve.
11- Real Engagement
Nov 10, 2018 • 5 min
Thoughts on the value of creating a community through engagement rather than focusing on the metrics
10- So Good They Can’t Ignore You
Nov 9, 2018 • 5 min
Despite a cold and my dog going nuts at the end, I managed to hold it together on this one…
Selfies
Nov 8, 2018 • 5 min
If you are like me, you cringe at the thought of them. But they are surprisingly important to your business.
08- Educate Yourself
Nov 7, 2018 • 5 min
Lately I’ve been shifting my time and attention from entertainment to education, consuming podcasts and books that help me grow towards my goals.
07- Change Your Handle
Nov 6, 2018 • 6 min
Why I changed my handle to be my name and why I think that’s important.
Taking Product Pictures
Nov 5, 2018 • 5 min
My tips on taking decent photographs of products, in this instance the wooden spoons that I carve.
05: Chinking the Gaps
Nov 4, 2018 • 5 min
The shift from doing your thing some of the time to doing it most of the time is a delicate transition.
Innovate the Process
Nov 3, 2018 • 5 min
Boy I really ended up in a different place with this than what I thought. A great example of how the act of doing something leads you to uncharted territory.
The More You Give
Nov 2, 2018 • 5 min
The philosophy and strategy of sharing all your best stuff.
Life is Slow
Nov 1, 2018 • 5 min
It is really hard to see your daily actions stack up into results. That is true across the board.
The Value of Small Customers
Oct 31, 2018 • 5 min
Diversification is the key on so many levels. Maintaining a broad base of smaller customers and clients is one of the ways to mitigate risk when you work for yourself.
Emmet Audio teaser
Oct 30, 2018 • 1 min
Short introduction to Emmet Audio. Thanks for listening!