Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Day two at MASW

I am here at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking for the second day of my box making  class and this is my 11th or 12th year teaching at this school. I cannot tell you in sufficient terms what a remarkable place this is. There is no university program in the world that offers so much instruction in the woodworking field. I am one among hundreds of woodworkers who teach here and there are thousands of dedicated students who come through for week at a time instruction.

Mostly, however, we are of a particular age, and there are too few young people in attendance.

Ars longa, vita brevis. This is a quote attributed to Hippocrates, translated as Life is short, the craft long to learn. Is it that folks must arrive at this point in their lives to have the leisure time and the resources to afford learning?

 There is a misunderstanding in American education with regard to understanding what the hands offer the mind. And we would be a smarter nation with greater compassion and understanding for each other if we were earlier engaged in the making of useful beauty as a way of being of service to each other.

I urge you to consider these things.

Make, fix, create, and assist others in learning likewise.

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