|Review by willy66||posted 07-25-2011 04:44 PM||1748 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
So I just finished reading the Anarchist’s Tool Chest by Chris Schwartz. It was a very good book. I like how Chris presents his progression from a tool hoarder, to what can be called a minimalist carpenter, without being to preachy. He talks a lot about using tools to build things of quality and distinct purpose which will last multiple lifetimes instead of running out to a box store and buying something that will do ‘for now.’
I am guilty of this. Running out to buy a media console for a low price, to use until I have time to build a proper one. It is a waste of money, and a waste of resources. Isn’t it funny that I wont throw away a tiny scrap of oak in my shop, but am willing to buy a press-board media console to use for a year or two and toss? My wife, who is from Portugal, would always fight with me when I insisted in buying a cheap table for our first house, to use until we can afford a good one. I didn’t understand this; thought she was crazy. It seems, however, that she may be right (don’t tell her I said so).
Chris shows the parallels when it comes to us and our tools. Buying the newest greatest tool, which is making an effort to produce something as good as the tools 100 years old. Its something to think about.
Look I am not going to go out and sell all my power tools, and live in an unfurnished house, until I have time to build every thing. But Its not a bad idea to start working towards that direction. I have a box-spring and mattress, but am slowly collecting the money and materials to build the bed I want. I’ll start there.
Read the books if you can folks. Its by the Lost Art Press (publisher), I bought it at Tools for Working Wood. Its a good book.
Has anyone else read it? What are your thoughts?
-- -Willy, White Plains, NY