There’s a spiritual connection in things made by human hands. When a person creates something there’s more to it than shape, form the function. The creator imparts the essence of their own spark into the piece. I’ve often thought and wrote about how a person can’t hold a moment any more than they can hold a river. Yes you can build a dam and regulate the flow but eventually the water has to come out or the dam will burst. A person who invests time is sharing an ever diminishing asset. The auger bit in tonight’s Feature Image is for my antique brace and bit set. I have power tools and among them are modern cordless drills and saws as well as what’s common to a homeowner in America. And I use them often. But the antique tools are different. There’s a meditative quality to doing things the slow way. Especially when you’re powering the equipment with old fashioned elbow grease. I once had a line boss that said he needed his power tools because he wasn’t making mistakes fast enough. And it’s true that when you’re working with the hand tools you pay more attention to each stroke. You begin to synchronize your breath with the stroke of the tool as your very heartbeat drives the next cut. The connection is even deeper when you grow, harvest and cure your own wood. It doesn’t need to be a major timber operation. You can often gain hobby sized wood from landscape trimmings. There’s plenty of resources on the internet that can teach you how to select and cure small pieces and sometimes it’s as easy as rescuing a piece of firewood that’s already cured and waiting to be worked. It doesn’t have be a masterpiece. The first one is always going to be a learning experience but it’s the experience itself that’s the goal here. I’ve mostly been referring to woodworking but the same thing applies to painting, sculpting clay or anything else that puts your mind and hands in contact with the medium you choose. Maybe you’ll even find a broken pallet and take the pieces to create tools for sculpting clay. Whatever it is let me encourage you to try. You might find that your creations are good enough to wrap up and present them as gifts for Christmas. ( Or whatever holiday you celebrate. )
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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