"Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we're quoting." -- John Green



Every month, TOH master carpenter Norm Abram answers reader questions and shares his best tricks of the trade. We’ll share them with you here because

Tying two short ropes together

Q: I don’t always have a rope that’s long enough. Is there 
a way to securely, but temporarily, tie together short lengths of rope?
—William Wildman, Marlton, N.J.

A: Knots that join ropes together are called bends. My favorite one is a sheet bend, which is easy to tie and won’t slip. Unlike the commonly used square knot, sheet bends are especially handy for joining ropes of different diameters, and they’re easy to untie after being under a lot of tension.

Illo 1. Bend the end of one rope (A) into a loop, called a bight. Feed the end of the other rope (B) up through the loop and behind both its legs.

Illo 2. Lead the end of rope B so that it goes across the top of the bight and then under itself. Tighten by pulling both standing ends. Leave at least 1 inch of rope B beyond the bight.

See more of Norm’s Tricks of the Trade

ALSO don’t forget to take your #SelfieWithNorm before the brand-new season of thisoldhouse starts in October!


Gustave Caillebotte - The Floor Scrapers (1875-6)

Original on top, later version below

"Despite the effort Caillebotte put into the painting, it was rejected by France’s most prestigious art exhibition, The Salon, in 1875. The depiction of working-class people in their trade, not fully clothed, shocked the jurors and was deemed a ‘vulgar subject matter.’ 

The images of the floor scrapers came to be associated with Degas’s paintings of washerwomen, also presented at the same exhibition and similarly scorned as ‘vulgar’”.


Pokemon #48 & 49: “what do you mean this doesn’t evolve into butterfree” and “what do you mean this doesn’t evolve from caterpie”




today at work someone tipped me a potato


in some countries that is a marriage proposal

Even the potato looks confused


Artist: Watson Atkinson
Twine St. Portland, Maine
White Ink


Artist: Watson Atkinson

Twine St. Portland, Maine

White Ink