Jake Weidman: Penmanship

Watch this beautiful clip on an artform that is being lost to modern technology.  It's amazing how, at my present age, I can look back and be amazed, and not in a good way, how in less than a generation modern handwriting has devolved because of our over-reliance on the keyboard.  The beauty of handwriting cannot be overstated and what's not obvious is how much it says about the person behind the pen and how the mind works in conveying creative thoughts and expression.  One of my favorite quotes, and one that I and so many of my artist friends and fellow woodworkers can relate to is, "people often see the end result, they don't see the struggle that goes into it."

As the world grows increasingly digital, storied art forms like penmanship are quickly dying out. Old masters pass away, leaving behind a gaping void. Enter Jake Weidmann, the youngest "Master Penman" in the United States by three generations. Weidmann's work shows an attention to minute detail that only comes through years and years of practice.

Holland & Holland: Craftsmanship

Holland & Holland is an English company that makes some of the most beautiful and sought-after (not to mention, expensive!) shotguns and rifles.  Whether you're into guns or not, I'm sure you can appreciate the time, patience and workmanship that goes into each handmade product as seen in the video below.  

Goodbye, Lumberjacks?

I have never seen logging done this fast and this efficiently.  Whoever designed this beast must've been a Transformers fan because it really looks and acts like a Decepticon.  Watch this thing in action - it's both mesmerizing and kind of scary at the same time.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House

As some of you know, especially for all you Los Angelenos, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park was reopened recently to rave reviews.  I was able to take a tour of this amazing place and to see other visitors' jaws drop is a testament to the time, money and effort that went into restoring this treasure.  It's not Fallingwater but it would be really unfair to compare one unique and iconic place to another.  Each has it's own history and story and Hollyhock House definitely has a story all it's own.  If you ever get a chance, take some time to visit this place and take in the details and craftsmanship of not only the structure itself but all the amazing furnishings and objects that were made specifically for this house.


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