I Make Because .. part II

I tried writing about why I like making books, but I don’t think I captured it too well. There’s no single reason I do this, so I probably can’t answer the question in one post, or even two, but here’s a bit more…

I make stuff with my hands because it’s not a computer.

In my day job, I sit on my ass for 8 hours a day, staring at a computer screen. I love technology, and will happily geek out to things, but after doing computer stuff all day, I suffer from two problems:

  1. I get bored of looking at computers
  2. I get terribly unfit

I just spent an hour in the shed preping paper for two new mini books, and making a new awl for punching holes to sew through.

My first awl isn’t doing too well. The nail I made it from is apparently low carbon steel and won’t temper, so the point is soft and keeps bending. I just made this new one by gluing a large needle into a handle of apple wood from the apple tree in our back yard.


Cutting, drilling, carving, gluing. Not one of these things is high tech, and I love it, and they all keep me moving. No ass sitting.

Of course I’m now sitting on my ass in front of the computer writing this. Irony perhaps?

The sun is shining so it’s time for me to hit the publish button and get back outside.