In a remote dusty sunburnt village an old man produces a guitar with nothing more than a handful of basic hand tools. One would think the build would turn out to be a blocky piece of chopped up wood that resembles nothing more than a cigar box guitar, don’t get me wrong I like those guitars. But the results were quite the opposite, instead he produces a guitar that is pair shaped with inlays.
This video has been a humbling experience, it reminds me just how lucky we really are. We enjoy the comforts of a multiple bedroom home with swimming pools, double lock up garages, front and back yards, multiple bathrooms, remote lights and doors, windows, air con, internet, iPads, playstations, entertainments of all sorts and still we crave for more.
We all want to be craftsmen and women but never take the first step towards it, we all want more tools yet we struggle with space to store the ones we have. Mans continual struggle for more is a never ending pit hole he continues to dig for himself.
If this video sends any kind of message it’s this – Get up off your arse and do it. If you want to be a craftsman then stop being curious about it, stop dreaming and wishing and endlessly looking through tool catalogues and other magazines. Stop making up excuses of how little time you have, guess what you also have little time on this earth but your still living it so why not make the best of it while you can. This old man had a vision on how to provide for his family utilising the skills with minimal amount of tools he has on hand in a most inhospitable environment, with zero tourist traffic flow with no etsy or facebook social media marketing going against all odds and he did it. He is providing for his family and doing what he loves to do. He is experiencing true freedom and isn’t this what we all really want.
We all makes choices in life based on this most stupid ridiculous statement “oh well it’s the way of the world, there’s not much we can do about it.” The world does not and cannot make choices for you, you are the one who has made your choice, the world is there to tempt you off your path to true inner freedom and happiness but the world has no ward over you. It likes to think it does but it doesn’t. There is one positive lesson you can learn from the corporate world, if you want something then go and get it other than that there is nothing decent you can learn from them..
If you want to become a craftsman then make the effort and put in the hours, if you want to live from your craft then just do it. Make something no matter what it is, even if it’s a pencil case, make it and go to the markets and sell it. Then go home and make some more and do it all over again. Stop counting the hours on how long it took to make, speed will come with repetition but don’t compromise quality for speed. Start somewhere, do something, start living.