I got peace turned up so loud. Handworks 2013.

Punk at its heart is a blood-n-spit forged radical commitment to integrity. It’s a full-force head-butt to a mass-produced culture that degrades our humanity and a caste system sewn in niceties, innuendoes, and euphemism.

It’s not nice and it’s certainly not subtle. But true? Aye – it’s that. Always that.

— Stew Napalm, aka Stuart Daedalus

How was Handworks? Well – other than Narayan Nayar wussing out on a crowd-surfing opportunity – it was pure punk.

And for those of you who don’t know me – that’s about as high praise as I get. If I rotated on an axis, its poles would be Punk and Zen.

Handworks was chest-thumping, adrenaline-pumping Peace with a capital P.

Was it good for business? Probably. But – and you’ll have to trust me on this one – that’s not why I went, or why it was worth every second. I went because it was a chance to be immersed in craftsmanship with some of the most talented people I know.

And to me, the real value of this sort of event is not what I learn there, what I buy there, or what I sell there. The real value for me is what I bring home with me. Pure, unbridled enthusiasm. I came home from handworks exhausted, spent, and positively on fire with the urge to make mind-blowing stuff, to get better at it and to see if I can impress myself. I got home and couldn’t wait to dive into my shop and create something.

Radical dharma in a bottle. As a verb. Present tense.

Thanks to Jameel, Fr. John, and (because no one ever does anything alone in their family – or in this world) the entire Abraham clan. Now get to work on 2015.


  1. Ben says

    First time I’ve ever seen Frank Black referenced in a ww’ing blog. Or in any blog for that matter. Nice. And glad you had such a good time–wish I could’ve been there.

  2. says

    Ha! I guess Ansel don’t surf.

    Was good to see you, Raney, and even better that we got to close out New Bohemia over a goulash sampler.

  3. says

    Nothing punker than after-hours goulash in Cedar Rapids.

    Ben – Gold star. I wasn’t thinking anyone would catch that one. Those Catholics albums are in danger of fading into the ether… Nice.

    • says

      Kent – that is awesome. Thank you. Spent 30 min i don’t really have in a rabbit hole from that link, but loved every minute…


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