Little wonder that after a short time the beginner in woodwork experiences a familiarity with his tools that not all his preliminary blunderings can quench. It comes not from the moment of time in which he experiments but way back through countless generations of his forbears to the unknown men who had nothing but their tools between them and bodily and defensive needs, having at the same time the urge to create and enjoy the thing they had created.
When the hand of modern man closes round a tool it is in the old traditional manner and in no time at all he finds himself falling into the rhythm of working action. Skill itself can only come with experience, but the potential skill is there, craving for an outlet.
— The Woodworker, March 1957
2 thoughts on “Moorings”
I love it! It is in the heart of man to create.
That passage gives me hope that someday I’ll develop skill, but apparently I need a lot more experience than others. Someday….
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