Making - Guest Post

There’s something primal about making things.

I say “making things” deliberately because it’s not just limited to woodwork or carpentry,  though that’s my specialism. The ability to simply think of an object and then create it gives me a sense of immense power and freedom.

The Mark In The Wood Kickstarter reward, paired with the Mark One shaving set.

The Mark In The Wood Kickstarter reward, paired with the Mark One shaving set.

That's not to say that there aren't any limitations - there are many things that I have no idea how to do or I don't have the tools for - but part of the satisfaction comes from overcoming those limitations. It’s why I tend to design and make things just a little more complicated than they need to be...

In this particular case I have enjoyed turning a piece of rough wood into an intricate, functional and unique box for a Thomas Clipper customer who clearly values craft and design.

THOMAS CLIPPER detailing on the bottom of the box.

THOMAS CLIPPER detailing on the bottom of the box.

I suppose that the process of making something satisfies my medieval needs in a way that a desk job simply can't.

In a world where universities trump apprenticeships and thinking is seen as more valuable than making, it's nice to remind ourselves that our ability to create hasn't been lost.

The Mark in the Wood.

The Mark in the Wood.


 

Thanks to Kim Jordan for his words and work. Visit Kim's blog to learn more or to commission your own carpentry.

See more photos from Kim's project here and learn more about our razors here (including the pictured Mark One shaving set).

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