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.
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.
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.