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Feb 23, 2020

Nick Slavik owns Nick Slavik Painting and Restoration in New Prague, MN, hosts a weekly Ask-A-Painter show on Facebook that I'd liken to This Old House, and presents masters classes at trade shows and conferences. I forgot to ask if he ever sleeps. 

I kicked off this series with Episode 5, The Craftsmanship Trap,  and...

Feb 23, 2020

Owner of Walls by Design in Denver, CO, producer of The Business Brush podcast, and organizer of the Crank conference Nick May joins today. 

I kicked off this series with Episode 5, the Craftsmanship Trap, and  that episode explored this push and pull between craft and process. Nick May is heavy into process, perhaps...

Feb 23, 2020

Let's call this one my manifesto. It's an exploration of an effect that I'll call the Craftsmanship Trap, the thing that keeps many of us in the weeds rather than building businesses. I'm emerging from this mindset right now, and I believe it's worthwhile to talk about how it's affecting the industry as a whole.


Jan 1, 2020

This is a short experimental episode where I lay down some thoughts on a critical part of our jobs that isn't often discussed. Enjoy!

Here's the link to the NYT article I mentioned - it's a good short read!

Music - Ear Conflict on Main Street by Spiedkiks, CC BY SA 3.0 International License, sourced through 

Dec 10, 2019

Advice from a Young Tradesman welcomes the show's first formal interview guest! Jared Wise, CEO of GoGetter, joins for a conversation about their new platform and the state of the trades. 

GoGetter is an online community for students, employees, educators, and businesses within the skilled trades. GoGetter aims to...