Sunday, October 25, 2015

Commentary on Knives

“Tools are made and are used as short cuts toward a desired end. Before the saw was invented the knife was used laboriously to sever and shape the materials. Before planes were invented a broad, flat sharpened blade was used to smooth off surfaces. Holes were dug out by means of small chisels requiring infinite patience and time. 

Each succeeding tool proclaimed a shorter and an easier way to do a certain thing. The man or boy who can make a new labor-saving tool is worthy of as much praise as the man who makes two blades of grass grow where one grew before.”

Excerpt From: James Slough Zerbe. “Carpentry for Boys / In a Simple Language, Including Chapters on Drawing, Laying / Out Work, Designing and Architecture With 250 Original / Illustrations.” 
This material is public domain.

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