Sunday, November 13, 2016
seeing is not enough
This illustration shows the classic relationship between hand and mind, in that the mind may seek the truth, but it's the hand that finds it.
Some might think Thomas to be burdened by doubt, whereas his explorations of Christ's wound's might have been considered heroic instead, as an example of the kind of healthy skepticism required of our humanity.
One of the risks inherent in manual arts training is that students may learn to think for themselves and to be confident to actually test what they are told.
I spend a lot of time on the blog telling why the hands must be engaged in learning. And perhaps not enough time actually setting my readers in motion. It is through doing woodworking, and teaching wood working, poking your hand in Christ's wounds so to speak, that truth will become clear.
If you have a shop, get busy and reflect on what you have done. Invite children to your shop if you have one, and simply reflect on the process and what you and they have done together. If you have no shop, but have kids, start with scissors, paper and string and let your own experience lead you forward.
Make, fix, create, and extend to others an understanding that we must all learn likewise.