Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry…. Both are very hard work. Writing something is almost as hard as making a table. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. Both are full of tricks and techniques. Basically very little magic and a lot of hard work… by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, interview, The Paris Review, 1981
Local timber can deliver in 2016! Concerted effort by Grown in Britain to raise awareness of British forests products and the values of sustaining our own woodlands and forest infrastructure has led to a trademark brand appearing. Stunning contemporary buildings like the UEA’s Enterprise Centre built in part using timber from Thetford Forest 30 miles away.
1.light reflection improvement 2.less dust collecting 3.more foot traffic handling 4.smooth feeling 5.shiny and sparkling appearance 6.long lasting 7.welcoming home atmosphere
The feel and beauty of finely crafted wood…the refreshing smell of your workshop…the absorbing joy of cutting and joining that makes the hours race by… These are the reasons you love woodworking. – Jack Neff, Make Your Woodworking Pay for Itself, 1996
I thought to have given these Exercises, the Title of The Doctrine of Handy-Crafts; but when I better considered the true meaning of the Word Handy-Crafts, I found the Doctrine would not bear it; because Hand-Craft signifies Cunning, or Sleight, or Craft of the Hand, which cannot be taught by Words, but is only gained by Practise and Exercise… by the true observing [of the Rules, every one] may, according to his stock of Ingenuity and Diligence, sooner or later, inure his hand to the Cunning or Craft of working like a Handy Craft, and consequently be able to perform them in time. Joseph Moxon, Preface to Mechanick Exercises
But, at all events, one thing we have in our power — the doing without machine ornament and castiron work. All the stamped metals, and artificial stones, and imitation woods and bronzes, over the invention of which we hear daily exultation — all the short, and cheap, and easy ways of doing that whose difficulty is its honour — are just so many new obstacles in our already encumbered road. They will not make one of us happier or wiser — they will extend neither the pride of judgment nor the privilege of enjoyment. They will only make us shallower in our understandings, colder in our hearts, and feebler in our wits. And most justly. For we are not sent into this world to do any thing into which we cannot put our hearts. We have certain work to do for our bread, and that is to be done strenuously; other work to do for our delight, and that is to be done heartily: neither is to be done by halves and shifts, but with a will; and what is not worth this effort is not to be done at all. John Ruskin, “The Lamp of Life,” The Seven Lamps of Architecture