The case for working with your hands

Excellent New York Times article.

The trades suffer from low prestige, and I believe this is based on a simple mistake. Because the work is dirty, many people assume it is also stupid. This is not my experience. I have a small business as a motorcycle mechanic in Richmond, Va., which I started in 2002. I work on Japanese and European motorcycles, mostly older bikes with some “vintage” cachet that makes people willing to spend money on them. I have found the satisfactions of the work to be very much bound up with the intellectual challenges it presents. And yet my decision to go into this line of work is a choice that seems to perplex many people.

One thought on “The case for working with your hands

  1. i totally understand the satisfaction out of creating with your hands, in whatever trade. agree that they are under-rated. when i compare to the wizards of wallstreet who’ve tumbled with the greed that we’ve nourished them on, i wonder how much intellect was really there anyway. i love to cook for the same reason – working with ones best tools – our hands is an extension of the mind and sometimes the spirit through creativity. rock on motorcycle man.

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