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Craftsmanship

If G.I.G.O. is a rule, so is the inverse.   Put good in, get good out.

This is a piece of Harris Tweed.  It’s amazing stuff.  It’s more amazing that just anyone can get their hands on it.

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From start to finish, this is craftsmanship.

  • Only British wool is used
  • It’s dyed in the fleece, before it’s woven
  • The colors are mixed according to weight, and are inspired by nature in Scotland.
  • Woven on looms in homes, by human-power, by actual humans.  Every bit inspected and checked by more actual humans.

This picture has not been retouched.  I took it in the evening light in my backyard.   The color really is this luminous and deep.   And this is a simple, “one color” tweed!

Anything I make from this cloth is going to be elevated by its use.

We CAN get craftsmanship like this – but we don’t look for it.  When you see it, it stops you in your tracks.   Why not look for it?  Yes, it was expensive cloth.  But much less expensive than you might think.

It is possible to seek out beauty and be transformed by its presence.  Why not indulge?

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Real is Beautiful

When we observe the world around us, what hits you in the solar plexus and makes you groan in pleasure because of its beauty?   Real things.  Objects or systems or sounds that are what they are to the core.

The difference between real and plastic is the difference between the feeling you have after a steak dinner and a bowl full of candy.   The candy might feel brighter to your tongue for a moment, but it does not satisfy.

Why do we pursue “beauty” for ourselves that is as artificial as a bowl full of jelly beans?

Sometimes it’s for a trend.

Sometimes it’s because we don’t believe in ourselves.

But it’s never as good as taking our natural resources and making them the best that they can be.

Photo Credit: Woodland Creek Furniture

Driftwood might not be flawless… but in the hands of an artist, it can be breathtaking.

The first step in becoming truly beautiful is to accept ourselves, our raw material, and surrender ourselves to the hand of the Master Craftsman to be shaped, polished, and made new.

Beauty is real.  Accept no substitutes.