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“I would like to make solid wood clocks if the opportunity came up. I like glue, and I like to cut with saws.”

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source: “Bob Dylan in Conversation with John Elderfield,” Spring 2011.

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“When I was a little kid, there were still blacksmiths around, and I’ve never forgotten the ring of a real hammer on a real anvil.”

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source: written in a letter to Philip Roth, letting him know his stories are the “real thing,” dated December 12, 1969, in Saul Bellow: Letters (New York: Viking, 2010), 290.

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“As soon as you move to New York, you kiss your tools goodbye.”

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source: “Peter Buchanan-Smith and the Urban Ax,” by Penelope Green, The New York Times, June 30, 2010

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notes: check out his handmade ax here: Best Made Company

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