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cool article about craftsmanship & why it is important #1539107
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"There is a craftsperson in everyone, according to Richard Sennett. But don’t spend too much time plumbing your psyche for a latent woodworker, quilter, or metalsmith. Craftsmanship, according to Sennett, a sociologist at New York University and the London School of Economics, both includes and eclipses the endeavors that might jump to mind. It is an “enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake,” he writes. It’s also an impulse that contemporary culture, with its obsessive embrace of efficiency, financial reward, and the bottom line, has devalued—to its own detriment."

read on.... http://www.utne.com/Spirituality/Crafting-a-New-World.aspx

Re: cool article about craftsmanship & why it is important [Re: shiver_me_timbers] #1539108
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great article, much food for thought there. Thanks for posting that!

"We in Western society have largely become 'observers' rather than 'doers'... I believe that the decline in appreciation of Craftsmanship is at the root of this trend, and that this trend must be reversed for us to survive.

"I also believe that we all innately share a love and appreciation of fine craftsmanship, but most do not have a reference point or access to examples of it…"

- The Internet Craftsmanship Museum Presents: An Essay on Craftsmanship, by William L. (Bill) Gould

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I people asking me all the time when I am working on my house"how do you know how to do that"
I tell them I just tried doing it and didn't stop till I figured it out. Most people are to afraid to fail.


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There is a huge sense of satisfaction when you get to see and use the results of your efforts. Making quality tangible stuff is the antithesis of selling credit default swaps.

Re: cool article about craftsmanship & why it is important [Re: shiver_me_timbers] #1539111
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I just realized this article posting was my 2500th post. Poetic in its own right. I credit this forum as allowing me to appreciate craft and design on a deeper level than I would have attained on my own. The article mentions that collaboration is a part of the process; this forum is a organic gathering of those with similar interests and divergent viewpoints. Thanks guys for opening my eyes to more possibilities.


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I liked the article.

I happen to be nearly handicapped when working with my hands. I can understand and do quite a bit, but it takes a long time and for the most part, I don't enjoy it.

My Dad is the opposite. Loves doing everything himself and has an amazing talent for figuring things out. He tried his best on me and I feel kind of bad at times for it but what are you gonna do? People are programmed differently I suppose.


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