Thoughts On Craftsmanship


It is worth while to glance, in passing, at the causes of this persistent tradition of honesty in the crafts; a tradition which we can trace to the earliest period and which has survived into our own time in so far as craftsmanship has survived. In its beginning it was in part merely a phase of the essential honesty of primitive man; but the main reason for the high standard of professional conduct that has always prevailed among craftsmen is to be found in the nature of the activity itself. A craftsman is a man who has got a job that he likes; a job that occupies his attention pleasantly. The thing that he is going to make has first to be conceived in his imagination. It has to be planned and the various stages of its execution thought out in advance. Every stage of its growth presents difficulties which…

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