Making is the most powerful way that we can communicate, express ideas and shape our world. What and how we make defines who we are, and communicates who we want to be.
Too many people never get a chance to experience the highest levels of making. Most can make something, at least at an amateur level, and the process can be absorbing. It may take years to attain complete mastery.
At every stage, a maker’s relationship to materials and tools changes dramatically. What may at first have been frustrating becomes pleasurable. Makers start to think through their materials and skills, almost unconsciously.
Advanced skills may take a long time to learn, but the feeling of being ‘in the zone’ can be experienced by anyone – from a four-year-old to a master artisan. When you are absorbed in making, things happen that you didn’t plan. The experience is intuitive, like sport, and it can be meditative, like music.