Two beautiful videos that show the processes involved in making John Neenman tools. Watching these craftsmen practice the traditional methods of ironmongery, woodwork and leatherwork to make axes and chisels from raw materials using – against a sound track of Bon Iver – almost brings a tear to the eye. It’s another brilliant example of craftsmanship returning to forefront of our aesthetic ideals.
Along with the mini documentaries they shared on Vimeo, they posted this quote –
“It is a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands. Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time will come when we shall be so incapacitated and weak that we shall begin to curse ourselves for having forgotten the use of the living machines given to us by God.” Mahatma Ghandi