Frank Petronio photographer




Wild Beaches of Lake Ontario

I’ve been trying to find all of the wild land with beachfront access to Lake Ontario, within about an hour of my house. It’s been in the 90s so swimming would be great but the water is mossy with algae. Once it turns over (cold lake bottom water cycles up and replaces the warm gunk topside every few weeks) I’ll try to do a good swim before Winter. 


Merry Old England

In 2006 we took my wife’s elderly parents to the Lake District for their last real trip while they were still able to travel. I’m a bleeding bloody saint for doing so.

These were with the then new Nikon D80. At low ISO the images hold up well, I thought they were great cameras. The CCD sensor along with the sharp 50/1.4D lens made an excellent combination (also used the 24/2.8D and 35/2D). Older stuff using the D70 hasn’t aged as well but then again neither has 35mm film. With film we didn’t pixel peep or worry about the details nearly as much, looking back lots of marginal shots got published, many of the lenses were Coke bottles.  

Still I have to laugh, looking at these full screen on the iMac 5K they’re breaking down compared to my iPhone 7+ images immediately below.




Current Workshop

It’s OK, I’m satisfied and don’t want to spend anymore time or money futzing around. I really want one of those nice workshops like you see in Fine Woodworking magazine but I think you need to figure that out before you build or buy your house. For a modern block basement it’s fine, just not a lot of character and patina yet. 

The Tormek sharpener is great, it changes my relationship with knives. I like “normal” steels that are easier to maintain, also blade profiles that lend themselves to sharpening. I sold my fancier knives and now rotate through a few Ontario RATs and made-in-USA Kershaws. I prefer serrated blades even though they are harder to sharpen because in a real emergency you have to saw through stuff. Otherwise 90% of what I do is box cutting. I’m currently wearing an Esee shirt but I found their folders to be too thin and hard to open (the RATs are also slow). My remaining ZT is a beater I’ve screwed up by over sharpening. I may still buy a few more attractive knives but I swear I’ll never drop the big bucks on another Medford, Reeve, Hinderer, etc. 

Notice the Powers Irish Whiskey. I’m not a drinker, that bottle will last all year. But an alcoholic friend recommended it and it really is the most drinkable of the hard liquors, smooth and no hangovers. There is probably a good Kentucky Bourbon that’s equivalent but not for the same price, trust the drunk’s judgement on this. 

Last year I replaced a lot of worn out of junky tools. Sold my old Disston saws and bought Japanese pull saws. Junked the worn out screwdrivers and crappy keys in favor of Wera brand. The Channel Locks aren’t as nice as the Knipex (I have some) but they’re still made in Meadsville, PA and that counts for a lot in my book. 

Whenever I can I try to buy American-made products but German, Japanese, or Euro brands are my next preference. If I can I rather buy something from Taiwan than Red China, at least in Taiwan they pay a living wage and follow environmental regulations versus the Chinese using political prisoners as slave labor and worse.



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