Embracing the Bardic Arts: A History of Making Fine Things

Love your article 🙂 I make my own cosmetic and all cleaning products, laundry products, soap, etc they are all natural, I know what I put in them and I like them, I make some for friends too. I love buy handicraft products for decoration, calendar , … I cook everyday and I don’t buy some industrial prepared meals. I’m not able to make some clothes, shoes, furnitures 😉

The Druid's Garden

One of the changes that humans have experienced with the rise of industrialization, and more recently, consumerism, is a shift away from creating our own lovingly crafted objects, objects created with precision, skill, high-quality materials, and care and into using things that instead are made by far away people and machines. I wrote a little bit about this before in a post on wood. In speaking of the 17th century, Eric Sloane writes in the Reverence of Wood:

« In 1765, everything a man owned was made more valuable by the fact that he had made it himself or knew exactly where it had come. This is not so remarkable as it sounds; it is less strange that the eighteenth-century man should have a richer and keener enjoyment of life through knowledge than that the twentieth-century man should lead an arid and empty existence in the midst of wealth and…

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