Learning from master craftsmen in any discipline is an invaluable experience. Sometimes, motivation comes from unexpected places. That happened to me today.
I thoroughly enjoy watching videos about how things are made and how things work. From my favorite aviation and engineering channels to videos about the production of art supplies, there’s always something to learn.
One of the first things I did when I “got to work” today was check the usual weather forecasts, look at the latest earthquakes, and take a peek at the aviation channels. That’s standard operating procedure.
Somehow, I ended up watching a video showing how Faber-Castell makes pencils. I’d seen it before, but I watched it again anyway. The process that goes into the making of Faber-Castell Polychromos and graphite pencils is always moving to me.
I also looked through other videos produced by this company and came away from the experience knowing I had to write this post.
Because in this world of emerging AI, quick fixes, and doing things the easy way, I need reminders that some people and companies still have a passion for master craftsmanship, no matter what is involved.
That’s important to me because I all too often find myself rushing through projects just to get them done. Sometimes, I just want to say I’ve finished something, even if it isn’t up to personal standards.
There are times when that’s necessary. I am willing to admit that. Due dates and time constraints sometimes interfere.
But when that attitude becomes standard operating procedure, then it has become a problem. At least for me.
Learning from Master Craftsmen
The art I most desire to make is neither easy to do nor fast. But it is my heart’s desire and it has been for years.
However, I confess that I’ve let myself down a lot over the years. Sometimes it was due to the constraints of time, and sometimes it was shear laziness on my part.
Today, I received a much needed reminder to look at my artwork the way a master craftsman looks at his or her craft, whatever that may be.
No matter how much time or effort it requires.
Maybe you need that reminder, too.
In case you’d like to see the video that prompted this post for yourself, here it is. I know it isn’t about an art tool that you’re likely to use.
But it is about an art that still lives and breathes in some parts of the world. And in some companies.
The passion to create precision products, and the desire to take the time to do it right.