Emmet Audio

Emmet Audio

By Emmet Van Driesche
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.
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Finding the new in the familiar
Gaining perspective anywhere
02:53
February 15, 2020
The leap
How does it happen?
06:46
February 14, 2020
A sense of agency
Motivation and the balance between Independence and security
05:43
February 13, 2020
Leading with "I'm sorry"
And why we forget to do so
05:22
February 12, 2020
Understanding the details that matter
And how to present them
05:48
February 11, 2020
Breaking out of social media habits
Some ideas
07:56
February 10, 2020
Picking away at things
The power of small bites
05:08
February 9, 2020
Motivation
Internal and external
10:05
February 8, 2020
In a hotel somewhere
Notes from the road
06:40
February 7, 2020
Teaching to the individual
And the work you need to do to be good at it
06:22
February 5, 2020
Proceeding in the face of potential failure
And the power of that narrative no matter what happens
09:03
February 4, 2020
Dithering
Character flaw or deep body wisdom?
05:13
February 3, 2020
Creating sales opportunities
Especially when you work for yourself but also for other situations too
16:37
February 2, 2020
Boundaries around when you work
Especially when you work from home
05:57
February 1, 2020
Revisited: selling in person for introverts
A follow up
05:39
January 31, 2020
Any large project is like baking a loaf of bread
Yes this is a metaphor
06:41
January 31, 2020
Being more creative on how we approach our work
And how that intersects with technology
04:57
January 30, 2020
Over and under sharing on social media
And why I balance personal and professional content
08:17
January 29, 2020
Restraint
Meeting and thwarting expectations
05:54
January 28, 2020
What stores do that is bad for you as a maker
This surprised me
05:52
January 27, 2020
Stop carving crooks and start testing your beliefs
Just because everyone says so doesn't make it true
04:04
January 26, 2020
Pushing past the story we tell ourselves
Getting back on the horse
04:27
January 25, 2020
The resilience of work diversity
When your back gives out
04:22
January 24, 2020
Building a following when you only have a few followers
Or a community, or whatever you want to call it
06:39
January 23, 2020
Everyone is an athlete
Train like it
04:38
January 23, 2020
Pleasant surprise
How all things are defined relative to our expectations
05:49
January 22, 2020
Balancing ambition with attention to the moment
Not just for the self employed
05:26
January 21, 2020
Pushing back against habits
Good or bad
04:59
January 19, 2020
Learning skills we are scared of
Two approaches
04:28
January 18, 2020
However many tries it takes
That's what it takes
05:53
January 17, 2020
Stepping up to the plate
In tiny steps
09:53
January 16, 2020
Being a good partner
And working to be a better one
05:34
January 15, 2020
The problem with purity
How it makes us do dumb things
06:19
January 14, 2020
Beware someone else's blind spots
You don't know cause and effect unless you know and can understand the fuller picture
07:11
January 13, 2020
Beware outside influence
The han tendency to mimic, whether we like something or not
06:40
January 12, 2020
Giving a talk
Speaking to an audience where they are at
06:09
January 11, 2020
Working from home
Thoughts on how to make it better
07:50
January 10, 2020
Seeking the pinnacle of your craft
And electrifying performance
04:36
January 9, 2020
We are like trees
And yet we are not
04:32
January 8, 2020
Is your content earning trust?
And what does it mean to betray that trust?
07:39
January 7, 2020
The challenge of radial symmetry
And what it might teach me
05:22
January 7, 2020
The joy of decluttering
Removing things from a scenario and what it can do for us
06:46
January 6, 2020
Supplying other makers
The hidden opportunity
08:03
January 5, 2020
The single most important thing for growing your income as a maker
Distinct from growing your business
11:48
January 4, 2020
Does the world really need more of your (or anyone's) work?
Listen to me stick that landing at the end!
05:13
January 3, 2020
Looking back at past work
Did this one with my younger daughter, age 7
06:37
January 2, 2020
Running lean
The secret to actually making a living
05:15
January 1, 2020
Building in stages
Plans for the new workshop
03:52
December 30, 2019
Outpacing the pace of change
The most critical factor in changing your standing among your peers
16:49
December 29, 2019
Site repair and the future of my workshop
A new location!
06:28
December 28, 2019
A better way to eat cookies
Enjoying the damn things
04:16
December 27, 2019
Downrigging and unpacking
The important things that happen after you've crossed the finish line
08:40
December 26, 2019
Taking the pressure off of Christmas
The gift wheel
06:13
December 24, 2019
Remembering how to get up early
Getting back on the horse
06:13
December 23, 2019
Next to the stupid idea is the great idea
How playfulness gets you there
03:37
December 22, 2019
The secret to warm hands
And no, it's not gloves
04:29
December 21, 2019
Peer relationships
And how they push you
07:14
December 20, 2019
Expressing all of yourself
Spooncarving and pop music
03:04
December 19, 2019
How should I price my work?
And why does it matter?
10:40
December 18, 2019
The magic of animal chores
Bringing ritual and caring together
04:46
December 17, 2019
The power of completing things in one go
And sometimes at a cost
04:55
December 16, 2019
Advertising is stupid
And lazy. And bad for business
06:46
December 15, 2019
The opportunity of rainy days
Taking advantage of slow times
05:44
December 14, 2019
When things come at the expense of something else
What do you do?
05:17
December 13, 2019
You don't need to be first
Even though we are tempted to think so
05:06
December 12, 2019
Why I don't sell Christmas wreaths through the mail
An examination of business options
10:59
December 11, 2019
Course correction: the power of small actions
As illustrated by this morning
07:20
December 10, 2019
Preparing for rainy days
Big and small
07:22
December 9, 2019
How much should I pay for help?
The case for paying more
06:30
December 8, 2019
You need more information
In order to know if what you're doing is working
06:40
December 7, 2019
Uncovering what we already know
The power of writing
05:15
December 6, 2019
Tools for specific situations
Usually I hate them. But not always
02:38
December 5, 2019
Do I need to keep pushing into new areas?
This is a rhetorical question
10:19
December 4, 2019
Field days
Move over Kon Mari. This deep cleaning is about to get real.
04:00
December 3, 2019
Paths in the snow
Establishing habits
03:18
December 2, 2019
Battening down the hatches
A good thing
03:12
December 1, 2019
The advantage of asynchrony
Being quiet and being loud
04:26
November 30, 2019
On Black Friday
A rant
07:30
November 29, 2019
Cleaning up vs cleaning out
The art of tidying
05:01
November 28, 2019
Retail psychology
Tips I've learned from the wreath trade
07:04
November 27, 2019
Hard deadlines
And other lessons from catching the school bus
04:34
November 26, 2019
Getting stuff done
Another trick
04:39
November 25, 2019
Always be re-assessing
And the power of nimble infrastructure
05:47
November 24, 2019
Don't let the bastards grind you down
On dealing with jerks
08:36
November 23, 2019
What other people want is not what matters
Do it for you first
07:10
November 22, 2019
The power of making your bed
And other habits
06:19
November 21, 2019
A generous way to use Instagram
A challenge
06:39
November 20, 2019
Rebuilding the list
How I (try to) keep from dropping the ball
04:53
November 19, 2019
How to pick a winner
Immediate response
07:07
November 18, 2019
The 20% rule
And why it matters for the long term health of your business
06:52
November 17, 2019
Complexity and resilience
Some examples
07:29
November 16, 2019
All hail the nap
My new favorite thing
06:06
November 15, 2019
Keep it simple stupid
What matters
06:26
November 14, 2019
No such thing as bad weather
Only bad clothing
04:44
November 13, 2019
The power of five minutes
Your secret weapon
05:10
November 12, 2019
The curse of doing it right
Get the paint on the house
06:13
November 11, 2019
Protect your hands
And other insights
06:15
November 10, 2019
Like lighting a fire
A metaphor
03:54
November 9, 2019
November 9, 2019
00:53
November 9, 2019
Mentality and ethics of the grind
A question answered
13:29
November 8, 2019
Tiny houses
What are they good for?
09:08
November 7, 2019
Density and manageability
A theory
04:57
November 6, 2019
Don't ever put things on sale
Ever.
07:20
November 5, 2019
What's your tribe?
And is that a BS distinction?
07:38
November 3, 2019
The year ahead
And a review of the year behind
09:59
November 2, 2019
When you're having trouble starting
Sidle your way up
06:08
November 1, 2019
Art spoons
Is it time?
11:16
October 31, 2019
Do more followers make your opinion more valid?
Spoiler alert: nope!
10:29
October 30, 2019
Life is a package deal
You don't get to pick and choose
05:23
October 29, 2019
The last ten percent
How tempting it is to leave it undone
03:35
October 28, 2019
Sharing the road
A manifesto
04:35
October 27, 2019
You need to have something to say
More than you need the skill to say it
08:05
October 26, 2019
The list as a time management tool
And learning to adjust expectations
05:11
October 25, 2019
A successful hard pivot
Clearing the decks
05:55
October 24, 2019
Using right now
The power of the present moment
05:01
October 23, 2019
You can't surge trust
You need to invest in it
04:14
October 22, 2019
Fairness
Get over it
06:00
October 21, 2019
Celebrating the familiar
The value of re-affirming the things we appreciate
05:26
October 19, 2019
Hypocrisy
A rant
05:44
October 18, 2019
The art of triage
Being clear about priorities when you only have so much time
08:23
October 18, 2019
Just because no one's done it before
Doesn't mean it's not a great idea
05:04
October 15, 2019
Social media is like college
No, not in the way you just thought
07:52
October 14, 2019
Maintaining balance
When you need to be social
01:48
October 12, 2019
Garden fertility
For the long haul
07:26
October 11, 2019
Job safety
Three different types of risks
06:39
October 10, 2019
Spoon design: finding the limits of your assumptions
You don't know what you don't know
06:25
October 9, 2019
What you expect of yourself is what you do
Chinking the gaps
07:51
October 8, 2019
Man hours
The temptation and the failure
05:11
October 7, 2019
Life is like driving your sleeping kids on a highway
Oh, responsibility you old specter
05:07
October 6, 2019
Keep your eyes forward
Don't look back
03:41
October 4, 2019
Finding your voice
Even (especially) when you don't think you have one
06:18
October 3, 2019
Being done for the day
Finding enough
06:04
October 2, 2019
How to catch the bus
Time management insights gleaned from my kids
09:56
October 1, 2019
Make lists
Common sense
02:49
September 30, 2019
Public speaking
Long form and short form
11:19
September 29, 2019
Puttering
And the art of site repair
07:09
September 29, 2019
Sharing truth on social media
Bonus! I sprain my ankle partway through!
06:01
September 28, 2019
Freshness
Another crack at talking about design
15:46
September 26, 2019
Are there limits to productivity?
Incremental improvements
07:56
September 25, 2019
Reaching the limits of growth
And how to surpass them. The current state of the union
11:25
September 24, 2019
Contributing to the culture
Thoughts from the Common Ground Fair
11:27
September 23, 2019
Motive matters
How understanding a more nuanced view of history can help us communicate better in the present
06:54
September 21, 2019
The three elements of spoon design
How balanced are they in your own work?
07:12
September 20, 2019
How I avoid writer's block
One really simple tip
07:33
September 18, 2019
Bonus episode: not being under anyone's thumb
Someone's got my hackles up
05:39
September 17, 2019
The danger of complexity
Why clever solutions lead to failure
09:20
September 17, 2019
Does your social media presence match your reality?
This is sooooo important
07:18
September 16, 2019
The toll of selling in person
My apologies for being so tired!
08:22
September 15, 2019
Jealousy and discouragement
How who we surround ourselves with affects our mental state
09:38
September 13, 2019
Reading aloud
And to one another
04:32
September 11, 2019
Collaboration
The underrated secret power
06:59
September 10, 2019
Sidestepping triggers
Or, the getting on the bus strategy
04:09
September 9, 2019
Being inspired by others
How to run with that ethically
06:27
September 8, 2019
Everything is my fault
And that's a good thing
05:42
September 7, 2019
False assumptions
As so many often are
05:16
September 6, 2019
Learning to carve vs. carving to learn
An interesting shift
05:39
September 5, 2019
Tolerance
Tight and loose
06:56
September 4, 2019
How to know what to shoot for when you're just starting out
The beginning of a conundrum
16:27
September 3, 2019
Hand tools are CHEAP
And often are a smarter choice for a business starting out
11:06
September 2, 2019
The joy of completing things
The power of small bites
10:05
August 31, 2019
Developing an aesthetic eye
And how that interacts with function
10:09
August 30, 2019
Why I run a waitlist
And why I close my books for part of the year
11:51
August 29, 2019
A variety of tool options
Sometimes it's good to change things uo
07:00
August 28, 2019
Outboard motor: a metaphor
When the action you must take is also the potential source of the problem
07:15
August 27, 2019
Carpal tunnel
And what to do about it
07:10
August 20, 2019
Scale and preciousness
An inverse relationship
06:39
August 19, 2019
Getting back on the horse
Dealing with frustrated attempts and overambitious expectations
04:27
August 18, 2019
My booking system
And getting to inbox zero
11:53
August 15, 2019
Digging deep
Making it work when you don't think you can
08:49
August 14, 2019
Burning the candle at both ends
How and when to do it, or not
09:56
August 13, 2019
Incremental changes
Sustainable change happens in small bites
06:09
August 12, 2019
Drew Langsner"s Country Woodcraft
Thoughts on reading an old classic
07:49
August 11, 2019
Call your family
Before you need them
02:39
August 10, 2019
Trajectory is everything
Putting in the hours in different ways
09:43
August 9, 2019
Clean the damn toilet
General thoughts on taking responsibility
10:08
August 8, 2019
Dealing with low motivation
What I do
10:45
August 7, 2019
When specialization is helpful
It's probably not all the time.
06:52
August 6, 2019
Stop scrolling and start researching
Breaking the habit of hoping to be inspired
05:29
August 5, 2019
Being prepared
The backpack edition
03:31
August 4, 2019
The three elements of craftsmanship
As defined by a Mortise and Tenon magazine article
07:49
August 2, 2019
The stuff that lags behind
As you increase frequency of a thing, some bits often get overlooked
05:44
August 1, 2019
My personal uniform
And why I wear it
05:20
July 31, 2019
Frictionless
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.
09:21
July 30, 2019
Your first idea is rarely your best
And the value of impermanent solutions while you resolve the permanent one
06:39
July 29, 2019
Don't put off until tomorrow
What you can do today
04:21
July 27, 2019
Doing one extra thing a day
And how that adds up
04:50
July 26, 2019
What the heck is a polymath?
And why we are all one
05:21
July 25, 2019
Bonus Episode: carving blind
But really, safe habits for everyone
15:29
July 24, 2019
Just cause you said it doesn't mean they heard it
The dangers of presumptive communication
05:45
July 24, 2019
Are you addicted to Instagram?
Here is what I did about that.
10:26
July 22, 2019
Are you ready for an economic downturn?
Things you can do.
13:58
July 19, 2019
What stories are you telling yourself
And how is that not serving you?
07:43
July 18, 2019
Tips for blogging
And what to avoid
05:52
July 17, 2019
Viral moments are like cancer
And other tangents
11:27
July 16, 2019
Stretching out a task
To meet our assumptions
05:13
July 15, 2019
Linking habits
In which I come up with an incredibly original idea (not!)
06:05
July 13, 2019
Things come in threes
The bad and the good
04:01
July 11, 2019
Bonus Episode. Good work doesn't have to be the star of the show
And sometimes that's the point
04:20
July 10, 2019
So you want to start teaching spoon carving
Here's all my best advice
25:12
July 10, 2019
It's always easier to buy than it is to earn
Stop buying dumb stuff
11:51
July 9, 2019
Batch releasing your work gives you distorted data
And other reasons not to do it
17:41
July 8, 2019
Turn off the radio
Find what your mind has to tell you
03:19
July 6, 2019
Weed your garden
We live in the present moment, which is shaped by our environment. Tend to it.
05:45
July 5, 2019
Being useful
Even when you can't be productive
05:01
July 4, 2019
Momentum
It's so often the deciding factor on whether or not you accomplish something
07:43
July 2, 2019
How to be productive when family is visiting
It can be easy to throw in the towel and lose all momentum
06:47
July 1, 2019
Gather
Just do it
03:28
June 30, 2019
Take 2 days off a week
And attend to your home environment
05:23
June 28, 2019
How to give a talk in eight minutes or less
Thoughts on a talk I gave last night that went really well
10:05
June 27, 2019
The story of our farm
And how that became our book
10:21
June 26, 2019
Enjoying the things you can't control
There are things that are on demand and things that are fleeting and have their own timeframe
04:02
June 25, 2019
Nothing is a Crisis
At least not professionally
08:49
June 24, 2019
Why you need to start now
True story!
02:46
June 23, 2019
227: taking care of your body
Tips for dealing with overdoing it as a craftsperson- stretching and massage included
18:13
June 22, 2019
226: Discipline, habit and boundaries
How do you continue something?
09:34
June 21, 2019
Bonus Episode: feedback and it's limitations
How to figure out the blind spots in your own sense of things
05:52
June 20, 2019
224: Improving your Sharpening
It always always always helps
05:37
June 20, 2019
23: Being Fully Human on Social Media
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
14:15
June 19, 2019
Bonus Episode: ratchets vs. entropy
The scale of your ratchet matters
04:51
June 18, 2019
221: Ratchets
Both positive and negative, in our lives
08:17
June 18, 2019
220: New Tricks
It's never too late and nothing is "not for you"
05:36
June 17, 2019
Always question the process
Don't just blindly follow someone else's order of operations
04:34
June 16, 2019
Eliot Coleman's Rubric
Ad how we can apply it to a craft business
08:05
June 15, 2019
Pressure and Purpose
Possibly the secret to happiness
09:00
June 14, 2019
216: tips for carving small and large forms
These extremes are different in their requirements. Here are my best tricks 4 avoiding mistakes
11:34
June 13, 2019
If You Want to Work For Yourself
You should start right now
09:47
June 12, 2019
How Sharp is Your Pencil?
How sharp should it be?
04:32
June 11, 2019
212: Selling at Market
My top points for how to successfully sell your work at a market.
20:56
June 10, 2019
211: Wooden Spoon Geek Out- All Hail the Plastic Bag
You need one in your tool kit
04:32
June 8, 2019
210: experimental vs. normal
You need both
07:27
June 7, 2019
209: Wooden Spoon Geek Out- Two Types of Cuts
And you're probably only doing one of them
07:17
June 6, 2019
How I Hack Productivity
Disclaimer: nothing new under the sun
11:05
June 5, 2019
207: bonus episode- Why You SHOULD Make Your Hobby a Business
Betcha didn't think of this
02:57
June 4, 2019
206: Dogma and how to deal with it
In ourselves more so than in others
05:03
June 4, 2019
205: Wooden Spoon Geek Out- a great edge
The difference between a good edge and a great one
06:34
June 3, 2019
204: Taking a Day Off
You've got to work towards that
06:21
June 2, 2019
203: The Basketball Game
It feels like a parable, but it's true
04:12
June 1, 2019
202: You Need a Website
And other things that might be holding you back
07:00
May 31, 2019
May VAC: microchamfers, burnishing and finishing
This is the end of the VAC! Thanks for taking part
16:30
May 30, 2019
May VAC: finishing the spoon bowl
And a little about the back of the bowl
16:13
May 29, 2019
May VAC: Using a hook knife:part 1
Including some rants
22:24
May 28, 2019
198: Shaking up the routine
It's the best way to appreciate the routine again
03:59
May 26, 2019
May VAC: Adjusting the handle and chamfers
The second half of carving the handle
26:09
May 24, 2019
May VAC: Neck cuts, rim pivot cuts and other important details
Really the first half of the Sloyd knife use
25:35
May 23, 2019
May VAC: Using a sloyd knife safely
Also a brief overview of process
19:00
May 22, 2019
May VAC: Axing the spoon blank
From splitting the waste to final details
28:49
May 21, 2019
May VAC: Trimming the spoon blank with the saw and getting it to the right thickness
All the details about sawing that we usually gloss over.but.are.actually super helpful to know
20:23
May 20, 2019
192: The Opportunity of Trust
How we ask for money, and when we ask for money, in a transaction, is fundamentally important and an opportunity many of us squander.
08:47
May 18, 2019
May VAC: grain orientation options and axing in the initial crank face
Also how I draw the initial shape
21:28
May 18, 2019
May VAC: choosing, storing and processing wood for spooncarving
This is perhaps the most important thing and it is so underappreciated
22:19
May 14, 2019
May VAC: Sharpening hook knives
Another choose your own adventure tape
33:27
May 13, 2019
May VAC: a word about wood chips
You will thank me for this later
02:02
May 11, 2019
May VAC: some important details about stropping
What matters and what doesn't
18:39
May 10, 2019
May VAC: axes, sharpening them, establishing bevels, and a little about hollow grinds
A bit.rambling, but my dogs kept finding deer bones in the woods and distracting me
23:00
May 9, 2019
May VAC: Sharpening sloyd knives, what matters and what doesn't
This a choose your own adventure, but it.helps to follow the map until you're familiar with the terrain
28:55
May 8, 2019
May VAC: stumps and clubs
You need them. Here is what matters
24:54
May 7, 2019
May VAC: What tools do I need to start spooncarving?
Your options, and an overview of the coming month
14:24
May 6, 2019
Patience, unfortunately
That's the answer to so many things
05:40
May 5, 2019
180: Empathy
This morning I had this experience
05:37
May 4, 2019
5 businesses you could build up around spooncarving
These are the top five low hanging fruit that I can see for someone looking to build a spooncarving related business
08:10
May 3, 2019
178: wooden spoon geek out- the axe tells you a lot
Moisture content and wood quality becomes evident right away
02:46
May 2, 2019
Bonus thought!
Everything changes. Get over it. Try new stuff
02:26
May 1, 2019
175: But what about the new Instagram? Isn't it to blame?
It's easy to lament the algorithm, but the truth is, whether or not your strategy is working has little to do with that.
06:00
May 1, 2019
Wooden spoon geek out- moisture content
How do you know if a log has the right moisture content?
05:33
April 30, 2019
All business is relationships
We forget that the relationships are THE point, not the sale.
06:35
April 29, 2019
171: Don't make things more complicated than they have to be
What can you do right now in five minutes that will deal with 90 percent of the problem?
03:31
April 27, 2019
What's the chip on your shoulder?
A true story
06:12
April 25, 2019
Bonus wooden spoon geek out: should I buy spoons?
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?
07:46
April 24, 2019
167- wooden spoon geek out: how do you know when to be done?
Stopping is sometimes the hardest thing, followed only by knowing when and how to continue
06:36
April 24, 2019
166: when you make a mistake
What do you do? How scared are you of this?
05:39
April 23, 2019
165: wooden spoon geek out- how to achieve smooth lines
Getting clean smooth lines is not hard, once you understand these few points
07:08
April 22, 2019
What legacy do you hope to leave?
Some thoughts on life and dying (don't worry, I'm not dying)
05:19
April 21, 2019
Practice makes possible
What I learned from my first day recording the audio version of my forthcoming book
04:36
April 20, 2019
The trouble with deadlines
How to work for yourself without going insane
05:25
April 19, 2019
Wooden spoon geek out: nerve pain
How to manage and mitigate the pain associated with carving
05:54
April 18, 2019
160: Fake it til you make it?
Where is it helpful, and where is it.not?
04:52
April 17, 2019
Wooden spoon geek out: roughing out
It's fast. It's loose. It's essential.
05:29
April 17, 2019
158: Notre Dame
When things get destroyed...
05:39
April 16, 2019
Woodenspoon geek out: thoughts on scale
It might just be what's tripping you up
04:57
April 15, 2019
When the middle is not the way
So often the middle path is best. Here is one instance where it is decidedly not.
04:38
April 14, 2019
Wooden spoon geek out: microchamfers!
Why you need em and how to make em
05:48
April 14, 2019
154: How to never go out of business
Don't leap. Don't take baby steps
06:38
April 11, 2019
153: wooden spoon geek out- top profiles
Envisioning these is tricky. But they are important to define early
08:45
April 10, 2019
152?: Another trick up your sleeve
It does you no good to oet yourself stay stuck. You always need to have another angle of attack
03:29
April 9, 2019
151: wooden spoon geek out- achieving symmetry
Here are my best tips
06:16
April 9, 2019
150: the flexibility of working alone
How multiple businesses and being a solo operator help me use each day most effectively
05:47
April 8, 2019
Wooden spoon geek out: the benfit of using fewer hand positions carving
Why I get better results flipping the spoon over and carving blind rather than keeping it face up and switching grips
04:26
April 7, 2019
Good enough
The story of a wood shed
05:41
April 7, 2019
147: wooden spoon geek out- understanding crank
It feels so mysterious. It's really not
06:13
April 5, 2019
146: the power of incremental improvement
Small changes over time stack up, and they often take you to places you didn't anticipate or envision at the beginning
05:13
April 4, 2019
145: woodenspoon geekout: why things are taking so long
If you're nibbling and nibbling at your spoons, read this now
04:02
April 3, 2019
144: how to run a wait list (rather than letting it run you)
The deliberate psychology needed when there is always something you could be doing.
08:34
April 2, 2019
143: wooden spoon geekout- stretching, massage and posture
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.
06:29
April 1, 2019
Stretching for it
In my life, putting myself in positions where i need to stretch for things has been what has forced positive changes and growth
04:18
March 31, 2019
Too small to fail
Gosh I love this concept.
03:40
March 28, 2019
Wooden spoon geekout- common mistakes
The most common things I see people struggle with and what to do about them
09:47
March 27, 2019
Bomus episode: who's on your team?
The answer is more people than you realize
01:54
March 26, 2019
138: what does your Instagram account say about you?
And what box does it put you in?
07:39
March 26, 2019
137- wooden spoon geek out: workflow
How good workflow eliminates unpredictability and pruduces better results
04:53
March 25, 2019
What is skill?
I don't think it's as mysterious as we make it out to be
06:02
March 24, 2019
Wooden spoon geek out: improving your consistency
Here are the three main thinga you can do.
07:56
March 23, 2019
134: offering vs. selling
What's the difference? Does it matter?
07:04
March 22, 2019
133- wooden spoon geek out! Sourcing wood
What I look for and some different means of getting it
06:47
March 21, 2019
Bottlenecks and pain in the necks
They are actually opportunities
04:34
March 20, 2019
131- wooden spoon geek out- rim to bowl transition
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.
06:51
March 19, 2019
130- struggling towards balance
How hard to push, when to ignore your body and when to listen to it.
05:52
March 18, 2019
Wooden spoon geek-out- eliminating smudges from your spoons
Why it happens, and the top couple of things you can do about it
04:48
March 17, 2019
126- the allure of the new, or is it paralysis?
It is always tempting to start new things. Here is why not to.
04:57
March 15, 2019
Wooden spoon geek out- undoing a twist
How to realign the handle and bowl of a spoon when they are not in the same plane.
05:49
March 14, 2019
124- the Momentum Threshold
You might not even realize you are below it
09:10
March 13, 2019
Wooden spoon geek out: how thin and delicate can you make a spoon?
And how do you do that without ruining it?
07:16
March 12, 2019
121-wooden spoon geek out: templates
To template or not to template, that is a juicy question
07:28
March 10, 2019
How I price my work
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.
09:51
March 9, 2019
Wooden spoon geek-out: pushing through failure
What you do when you fail is just as important as what you do when you succeed
06:33
March 8, 2019
Do you have to be fair to your customers?
What does providing amazing customer service look like? Is fairness theost important thing?
06:03
March 7, 2019
117-Wooden spoon geekout: mouthfeel
My tips on getting an eating spoon to feel great in your mouth. Because otherwise what's the point?
07:13
March 6, 2019
Customer service like you give a damn
So often as makers we worry about streamlining our experience. That has it the wrong way around
06:52
March 5, 2019
Wooden Spoon Geek-out- Aesthetics
Dare we talk about this?
05:42
March 4, 2019
114- why you should ask for help (even when you are uncomfortable doing so)
So often, we don't ask for it. And so often we don't offer it fully to others.
05:26
March 3, 2019
Wooden Spoon Geek-out- Rims
Carving clean, even spoon rims is one if the most difficult things. Here is how I do it.
08:57
March 2, 2019
Telling the truth when things aren't working out.
Not enough of this, frankly
03:40
March 1, 2019
111- Wooden spoon geekout: gaining speed
My top points for getting faster at carving
07:37
February 28, 2019
110-Getting your mojo back
What can you do when you're in a funk?
05:13
February 27, 2019
109- how to get a clean knife finish when carving wooden spoons
It's a combination of miisture level and sharpness
05:38
February 26, 2019
108- What is your purpose?
Being able to articulate this keeps you going when you might otherwise stop
07:04
February 25, 2019
Wooden spoon geek-out: how to get the right bowl thickness
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.
07:50
February 24, 2019
106- what sets someone apart from the field?
Skill is rarely enough.
05:55
February 23, 2019
105- accepting help
I often go it alone. But offers of help can be disproportionately valuable
03:23
February 22, 2019
104- Do the right thing (and you know what that is)
It's not about fairness. It's about what you want the dynamic to be going forward
06:19
February 21, 2019
103-Something is Better Than Nothing
Something is better than nothing
05:20
February 20, 2019
102- Pain Modulation
A true story!
05:16
February 19, 2019
100- the power of habit
Celebration! 100!
06:35
February 17, 2019
Everything takes longer
I need this reminder every single day
04:19
February 16, 2019
98- Seeking Balance
Self-promotion vs. contributing to the culture
05:31
February 15, 2019
97-Hygge
Winter is sweeter with a little hygge
05:26
February 14, 2019
Biting off more than you can chew
That's what I did!
03:39
February 13, 2019
Stuff Creeps Up
Without you noticing, dullness sets in
03:19
February 12, 2019
94- Asking for Help
Always a decent option
01:42
February 12, 2019
93- Forgetting to Begin
Sometimes we realize we had a goal and we just kept assuming we would start it tomorrow.
03:07
February 11, 2019
93- In Real Life
Take that idea off the page and actually try it. You'll learn more than you ever imagined
05:17
February 9, 2019
92- Giving a Shit
You won't go far if you don't
07:31
February 8, 2019
91- Obsolete
Revising your website is a thankless task. But somebody needs to do it.
05:12
February 7, 2019
90- the cost of perfection
The math doesn't add up
06:46
February 6, 2019
89- the advantage of responsibilities
We often see commitments and responsibilities as disadvantages when it comes to pursuing our dreams. I think it can be the other way around
06:31
February 5, 2019
Editing Your Instagram Feed
I find this to be a critical part of how I put my best foot forward.
06:38
February 4, 2019
87- a cut above the rest
In your field, who is doing it better? How clearly can you articulate why?
03:04
February 3, 2019
86-What will you sacrifice?
If you want something, some dream, it will take effort and work to get it. What will you give?
03:04
February 2, 2019
85- Choose Remarkable
...over popular every time
03:16
February 2, 2019
84- Two scenarios to an accident
And how i got burned
02:38
January 31, 2019
83-Extra
Thoughts while shoveling
02:44
January 30, 2019
82-Slow days
Rsther than stopping, slow down
01:54
January 29, 2019
81- the customer experience
Often we focus instead on iurnown experience first
05:08
January 28, 2019
80- Gut Photography
A bit about my philosophy of taking pictures
10:50
January 27, 2019
79- In Control
Working for yourself is always an option. Why are we talking about this more?
04:43
January 25, 2019
78- In Advance
Getting a jump on things feels sooooo good. Why don't I do it all the time?
05:02
January 24, 2019
77: Perseverance
Nothing more to say
01:51
January 23, 2019
76-Life Is Long
Make sure you're trajectory is pointing where where you want to go
03:46
January 22, 2019
75-New Customers ans what they tell you
Does what your offering appeal to someone?
06:26
January 21, 2019
74-Maintenance
Sometimes you don't realize you need it when you really do
04:38
January 20, 2019
73- Being Available
This is an unpopular belief, but part of long term success
04:40
January 18, 2019
72- Time Management
What I learned from the Great British Baking Show
06:17
January 17, 2019
71-Don't Rest On Your Laurels
If you don't evolve and innovate, the attention will go somewhere else.
06:07
January 16, 2019
70- keeping an even keel
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
03:59
January 15, 2019
69-Dealing with Rejection
It's an inevitable part of working for yourself. Here are a couple of things to do about it
07:56
January 14, 2019
Crescendo
Building to something creates tension, and tension creates movement
06:46
January 13, 2019
67: Skill, Story, and Attention
More complicated than you think
06:32
January 12, 2019
Finding Your Style
Developing a style that is recognizable as your own is a long-term, never ending process. Here is how it worked for me.
06:57
January 11, 2019
65- Better Bookkeeping
Newsflash: I'm bad at it. But I want to get better
06:19
January 10, 2019
64-Transitioning to Self-employment
Two different scenarios
11:03
January 9, 2019
63- A Scheduling Strategy
How I'm managing a massive to-do list
04:12
January 8, 2019
62- making space
Clearing physical space can pead to mental space, and vice versa
05:32
January 1, 2019
61-The Customer Journey
It's usually anything but short and simple
06:43
December 31, 2018
60-Serendipity
Luck meets preparation
04:24
December 30, 2018
59- habit and inertia
It's a double edged sword
05:13
December 29, 2018
58-The Danger of Pausing
Losing your flow state carries a cost
06:05
December 28, 2018
57-Setting Up Tomorrow
In a very particular way, this general principle can be invaluable for any goal
05:06
December 27, 2018
56-Meta-thinking
Thinking about the business can be one of the most useful things you do for the business
05:26
December 26, 2018
55- Stepping Up
Someone is going to benefit from you sharing what you know. So share it.
05:31
December 25, 2018
54-Gratitude
Nothing else to say
03:25
December 24, 2018
53-Temporary Solutions
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.
06:34
December 23, 2018
52-Exercises
Deliberate exercises to oush yourself outside your comfort zone have an outsized effect on where we end up
05:07
December 22, 2018
51-Small Bites
Life and business are full of overwhelming moments when a task that seemed straightforward hits a road block. And then another. And then another.
05:32
December 21, 2018
50- Less Perfect
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.
05:30
December 20, 2018
49- Retrospective
Matt White and I sit down to talk over where we were two years ago when we first met.
07:38
December 19, 2018
48- Transitioning
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.
07:53
December 18, 2018
47- Bottleneck
Figuring out what can go wrong is often a matter of finding the bottleneck.
05:39
December 17, 2018
46-Discipline
You don't know if you've got it until you let go.
04:40
December 16, 2018
45- Be Generous
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.
07:26
December 14, 2018
44- Be Quiet
It can be the hardest and best thing
05:09
December 13, 2018
Burnout
How to avoid it and what to do when it inevitably shows up
06:33
December 12, 2018
Repeat customers and what they tell you
The repeat customer is your most valuable resource
05:18
December 11, 2018
41- Saying no (and when to do it)
The importance of analyzing demand and profit to figure out if it's time to start saying no to things
05:43
December 10, 2018
Clarity
Success comes from knowing what it means for you, in this moment, to succeed
05:53
December 9, 2018
39-Staying Motivated
It can be so so hard...
05:12
December 8, 2018
Working From Home
Some considerations to keep in mind when you start to work from home
06:10
December 7, 2018
37-Change
One thing is certain: you cannot just keep doing the same thing, even (and especially) if it is working
05:55
December 6, 2018
Building Your Customer Base
It's a long one, because it's jam packed with good stuff
17:31
December 5, 2018
35-Necessary Waste
In the beginning of a journey, a certain amount of waste can be strategically necessary that would not be tolerated later on
08:06
December 4, 2018
34- Tunnel Vision
The pitfalls of thinking too narrowly
05:40
December 3, 2018
Pricing by reacting
We over think pricing.
07:08
December 2, 2018
32-Trust
And now for a little story....
04:54
December 1, 2018
31-what your website isn't doing (yet)
Longer than usual episode because there are a lot of details to cover.
12:15
November 30, 2018
30-Selling in the Beginning
Keeping your sense of self worth intact in the face of early slow sales is one of the toughest things. Here are some tactics.
06:19
November 29, 2018
29- Get To the Edge
The edge is where the meaningful contributions to the community are.
05:38
November 28, 2018
28- Control Your Supply
Controlling the means of production is one of the strengths of a land-based business
09:11
November 27, 2018
27- Dealing with Imperfection
How do you feel good about your work when, as a craftsperson, you know that some is better than others?
07:33
November 26, 2018
26- The Danger of Double Counting
No, not that kind of double counting!
06:13
November 25, 2018
Build a Community, Not a Following
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.
06:35
November 24, 2018
24- The Value of Free
The psychology of free vs. on sale
05:49
November 23, 2018
23- Don't Go All In
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.
06:13
November 21, 2018
22-Permission
No one is going to give it to you. (Except me, right here.)
05:18
November 21, 2018
21- Serving Your Customers
Doing one thing is not enough. Instead, you need to realize the needs of your current customers and address those
06:12
November 20, 2018
20- Product, Service, Education
There are three basic ways to earn money as a craftsperson. You should probably figure out all three.
05:53
November 19, 2018
Your Life
Short episode today guys.
03:50
November 18, 2018
18- Be About More Than One Thing
You don't need to be the best. You just need to be pretty good at a unique combination of things.
05:00
November 17, 2018
Start Before You Are Comfortable
A little pep talk for people feeling out of their depth
05:19
November 17, 2018
The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves don't serve us.
05:08
November 15, 2018
15- Keep the Bar Low
We usually start projects with high standards and expectations. Here, I argue that it is crucial to lower these.
05:01
November 14, 2018
14- Now Is the Time
Get off your butt and do that thing you tell yourself you will do in six months. Right now.
05:11
November 13, 2018
13- 5AM
There is time. There is always time. The question is, are you willing to do what it takes?
04:14
November 12, 2018
12- Deliberate Practice
How deliberate practice can help you lean into your thing and really improve.
06:09
November 11, 2018
11- Real Engagement
Thoughts on the value of creating a community through engagement rather than focusing on the metrics
05:32
November 10, 2018
10- So Good They Can't Ignore You
Despite a cold and my dog going nuts at the end, I managed to hold it together on this one...
05:00
November 9, 2018
Selfies
If you are like me, you cringe at the thought of them. But they are surprisingly important to your business.
05:20
November 8, 2018
08- Educate Yourself
Lately I've been shifting my time and attention from entertainment to education, consuming podcasts and books that help me grow towards my goals.
05:24
November 7, 2018
07- Change Your Handle
Why I changed my handle to be my name and why I think that's important.
06:08
November 6, 2018
Taking Product Pictures
My tips on taking decent photographs of products, in this instance the wooden spoons that I carve.
05:19
November 5, 2018
05: Chinking the Gaps
The shift from doing your thing some of the time to doing it most of the time is a delicate transition.
05:10
November 4, 2018
Innovate the Process
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.
05:08
November 3, 2018
The More You Give
The philosophy and strategy of sharing all your best stuff.
05:07
November 2, 2018
Life is Slow
It is really hard to see your daily actions stack up into results. That is true across the board.
05:06
November 1, 2018
The Value of Small Customers
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.
05:10
October 31, 2018
Emmet Audio teaser
Short introduction to Emmet Audio. Thanks for listening!
00:55
October 30, 2018