The resurgence of truly handcrafted products have been growing steadily for a few years now. And it’s about time. I don’t know about you, but knowing a master craftsman has poured their heart, soul and energy into their trade provides comfort for me. Knowing that they can physically hold their finalized masterpiece, glare at it for a moment and become overwhelmed with a sense of pride gives me hope that the spirit of hand-craftsmanship is back and here to stay.
Men are natural born creators. Whether they take advantage of it or not is up to them. In fact, since the dawn of man, men have had to build shelter, forge weapons and craft tools. And to craft tools like a man, there’s a specific set of skills, patience and understanding of the tool that goes into the art. You’re concentrating all your efforts to accomplish one goal. There’s just something so simplistic about it. It’s almost soothing.
That’s the way I felt when I watched John Neeman building his carpenter’s axe. The powerfully hammered blade, the meticulously carved helve and the finalized hand-made leather blade guard act as a symbol of handcrafted excellence that’s lasted centuries.
Watch John Neeman and Co. put this carpenter’s axe together below in The Birth of a Tool: Part I – Axe Making. Would you ever consider taking up such an art? Do you know someone who does? Let us know in the comments below.