Tool Use: An Underrated Art

I bet I’ve watched this video 10 times, easy:

When I get around stuffy IT types and they talk about “this tool” and “that tool” it makes me crazy. Yes, I can see the reference is, technically, correct. Just like I suppose a collection of 12 songs one downloads on iTunes is an album . . . when we all know an album is a big 12″ x 12″ sleeve containing glorious vinyl, right? And yes, various software “tools” were used in making this short little movie that I enjoy so much. But man, it just isn’t the same. Watching this video, you can smell the dust and oil of these old sheds full of tools. I love the sound of all that heavy metal clinking together. Opening a drawer full of this stuff is exciting. These tools don’t need upgraded, they don’t get viruses, and, the goods ones anyway, always work the way the are supposed to, every damn time. When was the last time you could say that about a piece of software? What’s cooler, a thick, greasy leather belt packed with 10, 20, 50 year-old hand tools or a thumb drive full of software?

Yeah, you know the answer.

I respect a person who instantly knows the right tool for a job by name, and how to use it. It’s an art.

What Mr. H.G. “Skip” Brack is saying here about artisans, and so many people having no role in society other than as consumers, is spot on. And the work he is doing is fantastic. I find this stuff incredibly inspiring. Makes me want to build something.



3 thoughts on “Tool Use: An Underrated Art

  1. Kent Gowran

    That’s great.

    You wouldn’t believe (or maybe you would) how many applicants come in here and we ask “Can you turn a wrench?” and they either get a blank look like “wrench” is a some foreign word they never heard before, or they go, “Uh, no.” like the very notion is beneath them.


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