One of the great things about writing a blog is that you get to go off on stuff once in a while. Today is my day. And you, the readers, can read along and agree, call me an idiot and shake your head at my blathering, or in this case, I hope you use the comment section to add your own disgruntled responses.
Here goes. On the drive into work in the morning, I listen to talk radio. In Cincinnati, the major talk radio is WLW (a 50,000 watt giant that’s heard from Texas to New England overnight and throughout the Tri-state area all day). This morning, in an ad for a restaurant or some food-selling establishment , I didn’t catch the name because my head exploded when I heard the first sentence , the announcer told me the product included CHERRYWOOD-smoked bacon between two waffles and blah, blah, blah.
Notice capitalization of cherrywood , that means I’m yelling. It’s my biggest woodworking pet peeve. We don’t say walnut-wood, tiger maple-wood, or poplar-wood. Why in the world would you say cherry-wood? Do we not know that cherry is a wood? If the script would simply read “cherry smoked bacon” would you have thought that some dude known as Cherry was smoking the bacon? As interesting as that mental image is, I think not.
Please, help an aging woodworker. Don’t say or write (I have read this many times in woodworking forums) or refer to cherry as cherrywood. It’s not a word. Spell check is telling me that.
On to pet peeve number two, “Amish-built.” This is something I hear from a bedding manufacturer. Its frames are handcrafted, Amish-made frames. Like that’s suppose to make me think the construction is so much better than frames made by non-Amish. No offense to the Amish, but many woodworkers build better than the Amish. While there are very good Amish woodworkers, there are Amish woodworkers that build junk.
First of all, I’m not so sure the Amish build those frames. It could well be the Amish or it could be some person in a factory in Kookamunga using an air-powered nail gun to bust out 90 frames per hour. How would we know?
And, if it’s proven that these frames are Amish-built, should that impress us? Do you think we’ll visit museums in the future to view Amish furniture the way we study Shaker work? Again, I think not.
These are but two of my woodworking pet peeves. I’ve heard others suggested in the office, but now is the time for you to add your favorites. Go ahead, it’s Friday, cleanse your mind for the weekend. Leave a comment to post your woodworking pet peeves.
I hope we get an ever-growing list. I need a few more things to listen for while I make way to and from work.
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