Hi everyone. Thanks for reading this.
I need to find a better way to communicate with all of you.
The email list grew too big and unwieldy. Twitter requires too much attention and real-time responses. Instagram is okay, but I don’t have a cool shop, interesting projects, or a ruggedly handsome face to snap photos of every day. I’ve been away from Facebook for a long time now.
I think the blog is a good idea. Granted, it’s old school tech, but old school tech is back in style. Podcasts are booming once again, which kinda gave me the idea. The blog doesn’t require me to sit on my phone and reply in real time. I can write stuff when I have time. We can also have a conversation in the comments. I dig it. Maybe you will too.
So, I’m going to start writing stuff here once in a while. I’ll update the homepage when I post something new. I’m not a great writer, so be forewarned.
To start with, a quick update from HKToolCo headquarters. Spring is here and there is hope in the air. I’ve had my first vaccination last week, my second is scheduled in early May. My wife, who works in healthcare, has been fully vaccinated for a while. Getting the vaccine was a huge relief. My kids (who are now in 3rd, 5th, and 9th grades) are all still healthy and happy, thankfully. I’m very much looking forward to us all being vaccinated and able to return to normal again.
Like many of you, I used the time at home this past year to get a lot of projects finished that have been lingering on my to-do list for quite some time. I replaced all of the aging base and casing moldings in our house. That took the better part of three months and made me glad I’m not a professional trim carpenter. We also repainted just about every room in our house.. again, glad I’m not a pro painter. We got a lot of long overdue work done outside including building a pond and reclaiming the better part of an acre of land that was overgrown with invasive plants. The kids got into all sort of new activities including roller hockey and mountain biking. I somehow bought four new bikes in the past year which was a challenge considering the bike shortage. Lots of gardening was done including building a new garden in an area of woodland that was stripped of trees back in the 2018 tornado. It sounds like a lot when I write it all down, but it was a lot of fun.
The tool business has been incredible. That’s all I’ll say about it for now.
Keep an eye out for the next post, the working title of which is “Updates on the Tool Market, or, What the $!%# is Up With the Prices of Old Tools?”