Sunday, August 10, 2008
Luke Townsley has a blog aggregator that collects posts from woodworking blogs related to hand tools and their use. Luke's site UnpluggedShop.com-Therapeutic Woodworking™ is a great way to keep up with the musings of a number of hand-tool advocates. At some point, I hope researchers will look into the therapeutic aspects of woodworking and other crafts. It is a shame that there is lots of money available to research the questionable use of drugs to moderate feelings and behavior, but no money to explore the obvious: When we are creatively engaged through our hands in the making of things that enhance the beauty and meaning present in our lives and the lives of others, we reinforce access to feelings of emotional and mental wellbeing associated with mental health.