Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Domestic Art of Making Things Yourself
I have been making things my whole life. when I was a kid in middle school I would find things on the floor, paper clips or broken pens, and then use them to make things during study hall or during a boring class. The most complicated thing I built was a working crossbow about 6 in. long out of a paperclip, a staple, a Popsicle stick, and a rubber band. It was designed to shoot pen caps but was powerful enough to stick a sharp pencil in the ceiling. My point is that I made the things that I wanted when I was a kid. Instead of going out and buying something I made it my self. Now a days I don't do that as much as I used to, and it makes me sad that I have not made time to make things. I believe that it is an important skill to be able to make things with your hands than to go out and buy it is a store. makezine.com is a place that I found that is all about making things with your own two hands, and some tools too. Some of the stories that the site has, yes it is also a magazine, tells about people building things that are of better quality than things that you can get at a store. My main point is that if you can make it yourself than why buy it from a store.