|Project by daltxguy||posted 10-25-2009 01:39 PM||1690 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
“Small is Beautiful” is a book written by E.F. Schumacher. It was subtitled ‘Economics as if people mattered’.
While Keynesian economic principles still dominate central bank policies today, the market today is increasingly disjointed from reality. Banks enjoy billions in profit only months after record bailouts, investors call even a slowly sinking ship a green shoot and the stock markets rise on the backs of the unemployed. The real economy, on the other hand works by E.F.Schumacher’s principles. Written nearly 40 years ago, Schumacher shunned the ‘bigger is better’ economic theories. The things which need doing get done when it stays small and local and people remain connected and motivated to the task at hand. Nothing gets done when billions are thrown about but mountains can be moved on the smell of an oily rag and inspired citizens.
Since moving to the small town of Murchison, pop 600 ( metropolitan pop 1200), I see small in action every day. The community spirit is alive in small towns. Dot Charles was a motivated lady who inspired an entire community to develop a walkway close to town. As it became our favorite walk for our dog while it was being developed, I was inspired to help. I volunteered to take on building a bench after they ran out of money and had only a few odd sticks of lumber left.
As a challenge to myself, I designed this outdoor project using only 1/2” dowels and exterior glue and using only whatever bits of wood they dropped off to me. The rail holding the bench top is dowelled and glued only in the center as I suspect there will be a lot of expansion and contraction being that we get 6ft of rain a year and the bench is sitting facing the full sun ( our north, of course). I glued the top with alternating direction of growth rings to minimize cupping. I’ll be monitoring this with some interest.
The Mataki Willowgrove Walkway was opened officially today with 40 people in attendance and everyone took up a shovel and planted a tree as they took a walk around the 1km track.
My bench now sits at the end of the track with a view of the Matakitaki river and the beech forest lined hills beyond.
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