Always a swarm of ideas in my mind and too many interests to list. The top 5 would be guitar, solution design (work), teardrop design concepts, Pietenpol build approaches and where to head next with the kayak. ...because there's always a song in my head, a solution to a problem and a quest to go somewhere I've never been before. Play hard and travel far!

When I started the Pietenpol project, I bought tools all the time.  Lots of them.  Over time I found that some of them were really useful and some still in the box unused after 10+ years.  …and now the extra tools eat up shop space.  Additionally, tool snobs tend to trash Harbor Freight tools.  My feeling is there is a place for every grade of tool.  I’m not saying Harbor Freight makes great tools but you may find them “good enough” if it’s something you’re only to use once in a while or a lack of precision in the tool’s manufacture isn’t going to make a huge difference in terms of project output.  I’ve always felt that the primary focus should be on finishing the project and my $$$ is best spent on 1) project materials and 2) tools of just good enough quality to get the job done and last for future projects.  Best of breed for every tool makes absolutely no sense if it impedes the progress of the project and you are operating on a budget.  Most of us do this as a hobby and the tool isn’t used on a daily basis to feed our families.  You get it, …right?

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