I live in the Philadelphia area, and I would love to check this out.
However, he appears to be a very conflicted man, which makes me feel conflicted about this video—is this a life I would like to live? Let me be clear I am not judging if this is a life well lived, who would I be to decide that for others? He speaks about how rewarding it is to work, and is still in disbelief that this is his shop. But at the same time, he also laments about today’s youth and talks about buying bikes as a compulsion.
Do you have to be distraught by the lack of craftsmanship in today’s world once you appreciate craft? Once you see soul in your workshop, must it become a sanctuary from the soulless outside? Also, just because an item wasn’t made by big-name, corporate brands or you weren’t tricked into buying this particular item because of insidious marketing practices doesn’t mean you’re free from the clutches of materialism. Craftsmanship adds a more human depth to things, but can still never replace our virtues, loved ones or community.
I do however wonder if someone ever gets lonely spending so much time alone.
A small update: I now work in a Kitchen of a Lebanese restaurant. This is the owner’s first restaurant and he is very proud of it. I’m learning so much in the kitchen, even though I’m an avid cooker. Expect some posts on cooking as craftsmanship.
I feel bad that I haven’t posted for a while, honestly I’ve let this school year put me in a state where I only have time to react to commitments. Me finding and posting this video comes at the cost of precious study time. I am trying to master my “craft,” and be the best dietitian I can be so I can help create a healthier, happier world, but sadly I’ve become yet another stressed and time-pressed college student (the person I swore I’d never become).
I didn’t finish the guitar before I left for school. It’s essentially done, it plays clear notes that are quick to fade in a delta blues sense and sounds pretty good. Unfortunately the headstock is too thin, making the tuning pegs too high above the fretboard and so the action is terrible. I also have spiral wound strings so I can’t play slide with it yet. Once those are taken care of, it should be finished; I don’t intend on fretting the neck.
Although Fioravanti design house and Ferrari aren’t cottage industries, this vehicle is a one-off. Commissioned by a wealthy, Japanese individual, the “Fioravant SP1” was based off the F430, but it’s um…pretty. I’m absurdly peculiar in terms of the appearance of cars (I am not too fond of the new 458 Italia); this is one of the few Ferrari’s I really, really like.
I want to bring a guitar back up to school in a couple weeks; I don’t want to be that guy with my electric and amp, and I can’t make my dad part with the acoustic. I decided to make a cigar box guitar.
The above link is a resource on cigar box guitars: how to make them, how to play them etc.
In America, the guitar is one of the most democratic instruments. Affordable, lightweight, and portable, plus you don’t have to share a mouthpiece with other people. A 15 year old and a 50 year old, each with guitars, can not share any musical taste, but can still both improvise over a 12-bar blues and a minor pentatonic scale.
I now think a cigar box guitar is even more democratic, even less expensive and even more portable. The fact that you make it yourself is even better.
I plan to make this before I go to school (fingers crossed), I’ll post up my results.
What things wear in rather than wear out? Some jeans I’ve had wear in: the seat gets softer, the cuffs fringe a little, and unique patina develops. Other jeans I’ve had wear out: it rips in inappropriate and irreparable places, the material looses a quality; the pants kind of betray you. But my question to anyone who reads this is, what things wear in instead of wear out? What qualities must something be crafted with in order to wear in?
Art Fitzpatrick’s Pontiac adverts were some of the best advertisements ever. If the car seems different than you remembered, that’s because he traced and redrew the image, but not before stretching the car to make it wider. Even though this kind of advertising would be considered misleading nowadays (and rightly so). I absolutely love his drawings, and each one took a couple days.