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Tools

The tools we choose to use determine the work we do, and the way we do it. I do my best to be deeply critical and thoughtful about the tools I use in my daily life, and to make sure that their lifecycle aligns with my values, and that their use aligns with my goals.

/computing

Resource consumption and complexity in the realm of computing has gotten out of hand. I prefer to repurpose existing hardware and reduce computational clutter, breathing new life into older machines through small hardware upgrades and minimal installations of linux.

Hardware

In my opinion, Apple's early-intel era was a golden age of computer hardware. Minimization, proprietary components, and glue had not yet fully taken hold, and many machines were relatively repairable and upgradeable while still exhibiting great design and high build quality. Most of my stable are secondhand machines from that era, refurbished by me and running Arch Linux.

Mobile

There are very few smartphones that meet my values for computing, so in protest I will keep replacing the battery in my 2017 iPhone until it no longer works. An old iPod brings luxury and intention to music.

Software

I prefer open, simple, and proven software tools that work. As part of reducing my computation needs, I have had to let go of shiny graphical interfaces and modern animations, and I don't really miss it.

/bicycle

Keeping with the theme, I think that bikes should be simple and functional. The fixie is an exercise in purity of simplicity, and totality of understanding. The e-bike, while more complex, is the most explicitly practical vehicle I have ever owned.

/woodworking

As a craftsperson, I find hand tools to be essential to connecting with the materials and work. Heavy duty power tools—similar to cars—generate too much force, waste most of it, and encourage uniformity. I lean towards Japanese hand tools (to the extent I can access them), as they communicate their history and intention in a way that western equivalents lack.

Chisels

  • Narex Bench Chisels: 6mm, 12mm, 20mm, 26mm
  • Narex Mortising Chisels: 6mm, 12mm

Saws

  • Gyokucho Ryoba #649, #655
  • Gyokucho Dozuki #372

Planes

  • Senkichi Kanna 65mm
  • Stanley Craftsman #4
  • Stanley Bailey #7

Sharpening

  • Trend Diamond Stone 300/1000
  • Shapton Kuromaku Stone 1000, 2000, 8000

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