April 22, 2006

The naked carpenter.

Percy Honniball. (Love the name!)
He told officers he stripped before crawling under the client's house to do electrical work because he didn't want to soil his clothes, police said.

Honniball said Thursday that working in the nude gave him a better range of motion and that a skilled craftsman can work clothing -- and injury -- free....

Honniball was caught working naked in Berkeley three times in the last six years and put on probation for violating a city ordinance.
Oh, come on. You're allowed to do things like that in Berkeley aren't you?

But really, naked carpentry? It sounds dangerous -- though somehow I'm not getting a mental picture of the precise accident I'm afraid of. And I'm not believing the cleanliness argument. He's got to put his clothes back on to leave the job, right? And he's not showering on the job, presumably. So he's just getting the insides of his clothes dirty. If you're going to say then he preserves the appearance of his clothes by keeping the outside clean, the simplest solution is wear the clothes inside out on the job.

Oh, my lord, I'm thinking way too much about the naked carpenter!

23 comments:

Gerry said...

"If you need nailing, I've got the hammer!"

knoxgirl said...

Awful prissy for a handyman.... If I personally had to climb under someone's house, into some nasty crawlspace, the last thing I'm worried about is getting my clothes dirty.

All the unpleasant things you could encounter down there--bugs, dead animals, LIVE ANIMALS, snakes, spiders--why would you want to be vulnerably naked, with all your most vulnerable parts exposed? Aiii, I've freaked myself out just thinking about it!

J said...

Naked carpentry is odd, but unauthorized electrical work crosses the line - the homeowner did the right thing having the guy arrested before his house burned down. In any case, it would be a good idea to warn customers about this particular "technique" in the future.

David said...

I think it was all about 'range of motion' given the lack of electrical conduit actually located under the average house. More than likely his specialty was wooden floors under the bathroom or kitchen.

Another reason not to do drugs or live in Berserkley!

Dave said...

Well, there's the naked cowboy....

(Link is safe for work.)

Dawn said...

It's California. What did you expect?

Gaius Arbo said...

How about naked blogging?

I hasten to add that I am fully dressed. Honest.


And I actually can't post the verification word. It's very funny but would be taken the wrong way entirely!

Anthony said...

Oh, my lord, I'm thinking way too much about the naked carpenter!

Someone needs to get dating again.

John Jenkins said...

Someone needs to get dating again.

Or perhaps just hire the right "handyman."

Joe said...

I would mostly fear splinters and bug bites. But if you can protest the war by marching naked I suppose home improvements are fair game.

SippicanCottage said...
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reader_iam said...

You know how sometimes contractors just randomly leave a project and disappear?

This way, you could keep their clothes as collateral--if they wanna leave, they gotta finish or drive naked to their next stop.

How were our ancestors dressed when they did manual labor?

I'm finding the idea of nude carpentry rather appealing. How old is this guy, anyway? In what kind of shape?

LOL.

DH's reaction was to say, "well, if he's not strapping that down he's crazy," but other than that and wearing safety glasses, it's not necessarily any more dangerous than having too loose of clothing. Plus he mentioned the "easier to clean skin than clothes" thing.

Hmmm. The possibilities.

reader_iam said...

Sip, you could still wear one of those leather tool belts, you know.

Naked carpentry ... and leather ... naked carpentry ... and leather ...

Heh.

Ann Althouse said...

Anthony said...
Oh, my lord, I'm thinking way too much about the naked carpenter!

Someone needs to get dating again.

11:42 AM, April 22, 2006
John Jenkins said...
Someone needs to get dating again.

Or perhaps just hire the right "handyman."

12:29 PM, April 22, 2006
Joe said...
I would mostly fear splinters and bug bites...


Yes, dating is harrowing. Afterwards, it's all tweezers and cortisone cream.

Old Dad said...

Perhaps, a little plumber's crack will take your mind off it.

knoxgirl said...

"Yes, dating is harrowing. Afterwards, it's all tweezers and cortisone cream."


!!!.... ?

Ann Althouse said...

Knoxgirl: It's was Joe's concept ("splinters & bug bites").

Old Dad: When your comment -- "Perhaps, a little plumber's crack will take your mind off it" -- came through on the Gmail, here are the ads that came with it:

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So I had to think not only of the plumber's crack, but, and at the same time, "crack repair," "crack injection," etc. Horrifying!

Old Dad said...

Ann,

So sorry, but I'm sure you must have also gotten "absolutely best prices for plumber's crack."

We must take recompense in small things.

Icepick said...

No, he won't get the insides of his clothes dirty. He can use a garden hose to wash everything off before getting dressed. Come on, people, this is all perfectly logical!

Joe said...

"It's was Joe's concept ("splinters & bug bites")."
LOL Ann, I was referring to the hazards of naked carpentry, not dating! Though I like your idea better...

Brendan said...

At the very least, he should wear a dickey.

AllenS said...

Carpentry is hard and dangerous work. I'm afraid that Percy Honniball at the end of the work day, might be Percy Honni.

Bob said...

That sounds like my friend 'Woody'.