"A tool can grow out of man's control, first to become his master and finally to become his executioner. Tools can rule men sooner than they expect: the plow makes man the lord of a garden but also the refugee from a dust bowl. Nature's revenge can produce children less fit for life than their fathers, and born into a world less fit for them."-Ivan Illich, Tools for Conviviality
So what types of tools should we as wise teachers and parents give to our children? Shall we start with the most powerful ones that give a distorted sense of self...a distorted sense of reality? It is a question we must ask.
In the meantime, I am working on chapter 3 of Small Cabinet Basics, this one a veneered cabinet for ties. It is easier than you might think, and in the photo below you can see using the router table to trim edging veneer on the Baltic birch cabinet sides. Tomorrow I'll vacuum veneer the sides and begin assembling the veneers to go on the front and back. I think my readers will love this project, even though at this point much of it still resides in my imagination.