A Strategy for Woodworking #14: Making the Connection

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 07-31-2014 01:25 PM 1375 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: A Neatness and Precision Part 14 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 15: The Work »

Tools are meant to be used by humans. I think that we learned to think by using them. By using tools, our hands made a connection to our brains and then our curiosity gene dove in and our minds grew because of this. We discovered so much about the world poking about in it with our hands. And by using the power of the wedge, we learned to do all sorts of things from carving to cleaving to sawing and planing.

We are humans and that means we need to keep making that connection between hand and heart and mind. We need to make things whether it’s building furniture or creating a great meal. We need to keep that connection alive between our hands and our minds. Typing on this dang keyboard does not qualify. Building something does.

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-- Gary Rogowski...follow my wit and wisdom on twitter @garyrogowski

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 02:26 PM

Here is one I built to make something and make it easier to make using ergonomics .

-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 03:51 PM


I believe it’s what tools we choose,or choose us? Keifer just keeps making these magic tools! :<)

Right now the plumbing tools appear to have chosen me again! Not my favorite task, but most important right now.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 08-01-2014 02:25 AM

Excellent stuff Gary. Keep the great blogs coming.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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