I grew up in an environment where everyone worked with their hands. My father, uncles and grandfathers could work on everything around the house. Hell, they built the houses that I grew up in. My mother, aunts and grandmothers could all sew, crochet, cook can and keep the household running. We never called on a repair service or contractor for anything. If something broke we fixed it. If we didn’t know how to fix it, we figured it out. Consequently, I learned how to do a lot of things. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, appliance repair, there is nothing in or around my home that I cannot repair or maintain. I can even sew if the need be. As a child I assumed that this is how it is for everyone. As I grew older I began to realize that this was just not the case. It was actually a shock when I started to understand that quite a few people didn’t have what I had always considered basic skills. Now that I’m even (much) older, I see fewer and fewer people with even a very basic understanding of tools and how to work with their hands.
Because I grew up working with my hands my interests naturally tended toward craft. More pointedly, how was the craft done and what tools are involved? Drafting, woodworking, rope work and knots and leather working have always been where my interests lay. Its the process that fascinates me. To be able to create something of functional beauty from basic raw materials, what could be more rewarding? Note that I said functional beauty. Its very important to me that the things that I create serve a function and are actually put to use. There are people who are driven to create art for art’s sake. There is nothing wrong with that and has a place in this world. It’s just not for me. I get the most satisfaction, not from the making, but in the seeing of my creations being used. The more use an item I created shows the more beautiful it becomes. To my eyes at least.
So it saddens me to come into contact with so many people that have not learned to work with their hands. They are missing out on the satisfying and rewarding feeling that comes from creating and doing for yourself. That’s one of the reasons I started this blog. Hopefully, through the internet, people will stumble onto my blog and find something that will inspire them to work with their hands and create something for themselves. I also hope that this blog will be useful to those who already work with their hands and help to expand their skills or introduce them to new ones. If my blog does none of these, then it is a failure. If it helps just one, then its a success.