Nov 4, 2012, 1:20 PM
Post #101 of 101
Registered: Oct 30, 2012
One way to judge whether one should attempt a craft, particularly if it is currently industrialized, is to figure out how it was done by it's early practitioners. Some crafts like canoe manufacture have thousands of years of being made by regular non-engineers, but if the product originates in the industrial age it is conceivable that it requires special skills and training to make. One can break through this fog by observing how the product was made by those who might currently venture to tell you that you should not try to do it yourself.
Just finished reading this passage in the Don Whillans biography The Villain. It concerns Troll at the time Whillans approached them about making a harness for his Anapurna expedition. The famous Whillans sit harness. P259. Tony Howard Troll's director, and sole full time employee relates that at the time they were making their harnesses out of old mill belting sewn together by a local cobbler.