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Jeff Waldman on Craftsmanship, Memento Mori, and Developing Competence



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Ryan reads today’s daily meditation and talks to Jeff Waldman about his new book “Tools: The Ultimate Guide” (which you can get a signed copy of at the Painted Porch), the Stoic concept of Memento Mori, why it’s so vital to develop competence, and more.

Jeff Waldman is a maker, builder and creator with a talent for connecting with interesting people and even more interesting projects. With the help of their friends, he and his partner designed and hand-built their own cabin and communal getaway in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. You can often find him tinkering in his shop where he works to build similar experiences for many others from different walks of life. Jeff’s book, Tools, launches this week. This is the book for answering all your tool questions, gaining knowledge before hiring a professional, or rifling through just for the joy of learning something new about the objects that shape our world.

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