I’d hammer in the morning

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You know the old saying: “If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” From this woodworker’s perspective, that makes perfect sense.

One of the most basic – and most numerous – tools in my shop is a hammer. To be honest, I just like hammers. If I go to an antique store or flea market the chances are good that I’ll come home with another, so I have a lot of them. On that score, I suppose, I should have no problem dealing with problems no matter how many of them disguise themselves as nails.

But as clever as that old saying is, you have to wonder: What if you didn’t have a hammer? What if your only tool was, say, a chainsaw?

I’d hate to see what every problem would look like.

A.J.

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