PHILLIPS HEAD SCREWDRIVER: A tool designed to tighten down a screw with a cross imbedded in it.

phillips Head screwdriver

This begins with a disclaimer.  I am not handy with hand tools.  My father was.  He could fix anything, build some things, and knew his tools by first name.   He frequently had me by his side when he was working in his modest workshop in our family cellar.  He would ask me to hand him […]

DEFINITIVE: the standard, information upon which standards can be set

Those of you who know me well may remember that one of the most significant symbols in my thinking is that of the plumb line, which is pictured to the right.   It is used by carpenters and other builders to employ the force of gravity to establish a straight vertical line.  The plum bob is […]