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Thoughts on being a crafts(wo)man
Similar to the rest of the team, I grew up being exposed to all different types of crafts. They were mostly the ones that kept you working in the sun all day and left you with dirt beads. For those of you that don’t know dirt beads are what little tom boys wear in the place of pearls. My exposure ranged through wood working, construction, sewing, mechanics, metal fabrication, and, of course, my mothers amazing cooking abilities. Cooking is a craft all its own. My dad worked as a contractor for most of the early part of my life, which meant I put in some serious time on job sites. Some of my favorite memories surround the smell of sawdust, the sound of pneumatic tools, and the feel of holding severely calloused hands as we walked around the more dangerous parts of the job site. From building warehouses with my dad and coffee tables with my uncle to sewing clothes with my grandmother, my young hands were given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of crafts. And at the end of the day I would stand in the kitchen with my mom and help prepare a meal that would feed an army. For those of you who have fed more mouths than can sit at your table, you know there is an art to stretching a meal. I am still working to master this art, but like all crafts, exposure combined with the passion to pursue it often leads to life long skills.
For me being a crafts(wo)man is about using the skills acquired from my exposure to many crafts to give back to others. So many crafts are lost on my generation and newer generations. It is important to me to carry the knowledge and traditions forward so that the past is not lost on the future.
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