Thursday, May 14, 2020


When we start talking about the fabric of society, I think of a tapestry. The warp and weave holding all the strands of color creating a work of art. If each part of the society and each person is a single thread, how many can you pluck before it is unrecognizable? Before it falls apart?

And how important is each person and the contributions they make? We can look at the news and it appears that everything is headed into chaos. Yet, we all know many people that continue to push back. They make things. They repair things. They care for others. They are the people you can count on to do what is right when no one is looking.

I have been watching a man in Gorham, Maine repair old furniture on YouTube. Sometimes it's a complete restoration. Other times, it's a little glue and a refinish. I realized something watching this video today. I think it explains why I like to watch his work. I would bet it doesn't seem to him like he's one of the people holding America together but I think he might be. Not by himself, but as one of the threads that remains unbroken, along with many others. If there is hope, it is not in Washington, D.C., it's out in America.

I have a profound respect for the human race, and I believe that its future is going to be much better than its present. Even knowing that their days are numbered and that everything will end when they least expect it, people make of their lives a battle that is worthy of a being with eternal life. Paulo Coelho


Cederq said...

It is us that have skills in widely different areas that quietly go about their days with pleasure knowing they can make or do something that someone needs. We will always need people that can repair, that can take a chunk of wood and make furniture. The lost arts of tinware, and clothiers, builders. We can sustain civilization even if it only local, for local is the way of life.

Nick Flandrey said...

I've been watching him for a while. Sometimes he does stuff that is very practical but would make a conservator cringe, but he gets the piece back into use.

Lots of good guys on youtube, putting stuff back together. Lots of people watching, and learning, and maybe tackling a small project of their own.

Kids today haven't grown up fixing things, and I think some of them feel the lack and want to start.


Ed Bonderenka said...

Youtube is famous for cat videos, yet there is a humongous amount of learning going on there.
Just the short how to videos alone.
Tips on welding, wiring, troubleshooting.
I used it today to get my tailgate open even though the handle busted.
My video on safecracking is still getting views 12 years later.

ADS said...

There were several mechanical engineering classes I took that were taught by poor instructors. I found better teachers on youtube and got through that way. Traditional higher education is completely obsolete. Instead of forking over $550 per credit hour (I went to a state school as a resident) I could have self educated from free youtube videos.

LSP said...

I love this post. Well said.