Craft, Story, and Ritual

Craft is connected to Story by Ritual.   An introduction:   This is where innovation fails: Undertaking Craft without respect for mystery one presumes to know what cannot be known. In this we falsify the power of doing. Our doing does not come from Being. This imposition blocks us from connecting with what-is. Story is [...]

Queequeg’s Coffin

This is an idea that's been kicking around with me for the better part of a year. I originally posted this on Open Salon in January, 2010. It belongs here. The more I think about it, the more it seems to point to the problem of design at this time of ever-increasing upheaval. Moby Dick; [...]

Reading Form

A pillar of a vital culture is an active interplay between the forms people use and the meanings they contain. A definite point on the road of collapse has been passed when these distinctions are lost. This happens in both directions. People lose track of what things mean to them and those who make things [...]

Built to Last

The reflex to innovate, the reductio ad absurdum of the logic of making changes, is thrashing us. As with anything worth talking about it's hard to get across just how deep the trouble goes. How far it has spread. We're running into limits on all fronts. Whatever stabilities we've grown accustomed to are crashing around [...]

Defining Power

  Power is energy focused through human action to attempt to achieve control: Control is the effort to attain assurance: Assurance that my Will be done. That the results of wielding power will get me what I want. The assumptions behind and within this view are incoherent at every step. Incoherence brought about by wielding [...]

Further notes on Craft, a Point of Departure…

  The trouble with talking about Craft is that everyone thinks they already know what it is. Let's take a deep breath and set all those assumptions aside. Easier said than done. To begin, here's some of what Craft is not: Backward Anachronistic, and therefore not a viable way to proceed. A niche activity, something [...]

Notes on the Relationship of Technology to Craft

We are encouraged by the cheerleaders of consumer culture to see technology as a seamless whole that embraces everything we do and that is on a hockey-stick rate of accelerated change that will eventually meet every need and fulfill every desire. In this conception of our history and development from bowed Ape-Man to buff Super-Man [...]

No More Natural World

There is no longer a separate natural world. This is true conceptually and physically. Conceptually there is no longer any excuse for making such a distinction. Physically, human intervention and human-forced destruction, have spread throughout the non-human world and become so pervasive as to have nullified any distinction. We are all natural. There is no [...]

A Technique can be written down and replicated from directions, a Craft cannot.

A Technique can be written down and replicated from directions, a Craft cannot. Unless we can learn to appreciate the difference we continue to do damage to ourselves and destroying our world. Technique is limited and destructive because it sets something in motion according to a plan and puts power behind it to force some [...]

Craft is Technique with Context

Craft, like Art, has been in exile for a long time, put in a ghetto where it's been held at the mercy of wealth. In a way I suppose we should be grateful, they might have disappeared entirely without patronage; but on the other hand, if it hadn't been for the creation of poverty and [...]

From Windmills to Wind Turbines, and Back to Windmills

Let's get one thing clear. Wind Turbines are not an alternative, appropriate technology. They are the last gasp of all the arrogance behind business-as-usual. They take the violence hidden in the mine, the oil well, behind power plant walls; and set it defiantly against the sky. They present the form of whirling knife blades, or [...]