Monday, July 25, 2011

tools and intellect

The following is from Charles H. Ham, 1880, though it is something you might have easily observed for yourself.
Nothing stimulates and quickens the intellect more than the use of mechanical tools. The boy who begins to construct things is compelled at once to begin to think, deliberate, reason, and conclude. As he proceeds he is brought in contact with powerful natural forces. If he would control, direct, and apply these forces he must first master the laws by which they are governed; he must investigate the causes of the phenomena of matter, and it will be strange if from this he is not also led to a study of the phenomena of mind. At the very threshold of practical mechanics a thirst for wisdom is engendered, and the student is irresistibly impelled to investigate the mysteries of philosophy. Thus the training of the eye and hand reacts upon the brain, stimulating it to excursions into the realm of scientific discovery in search of facts to be applied in practical forms at the bench and the anvil.
Today in the Clear Spring School wood shop, (woodworking laboratory) I have a class of Creative Box Making with the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. We will explore techniques in the use of tools that will lead to our individual creative expression. The photo above is from my 2009 class. Photos of this year's class will come later.

Make, fix and create.

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