"It is important that both sides of the body be harmoniously developed."To that end, Salomon suggested,
"Sloyd may be regarded as a system of applied gymnastics, but only in this meaning, that the gymnastics shall be applied so far as is compatible with the maintenance of the proper educational character of this subject."
Early educators believed that the mind and body were in fact a single form, and that to neglect the education of the body would be to neglect the mind as well. Jung, in his integration of conscious mind with the unconscious, used his own creativity in physical form to do so. Have you ever while being engaged in woodworking noted its gymnastic qualities? I have.
Today I have been working on photos for an article for American Woodworker, describing how to make a dedicated finger-joint router table. Despite some challenges in getting just the right shots, from just the right angles, with just the right focus you can see that I've made progress and will be able to do my first test joints tomorrow. This, too is an expression of mind and body.
Make, fix and create...