is indeed profound wisdom in the saying of the late President
Eliot, of Harvard University, that no one is fully educated
the cultivation of the mind he has added the sharpening of of the
senses and the training of the hands.
figures indicate that more than 77,000 power-driven home- workshop
outfits are being operated in the United States alone, and the number
is constantly growing.
It would be
interesting if we could trace
these outfits to their various destinations all over the country and
see just how they are being used. It would be even more interesting to
sit down with their owners and hear from their own lips what dividends
of pleasure, satisfaction, steadied nerves, and general well-being they
have received merely as by-products of their fascinating hobbies, to
say nothing of the actual articles, useful and numerous, which they
There would be many surprises. Our
take us into many and varied places—into obscure little
among the hills of the South, out to lone, prairie farm-homes, into
grimy industrial cities, and out to the fine suburban estates of
wealthy business and professional men.
the fellowship of the
home-crafter is broad and democratic. It embraces
men and women of all
ages and of all degrees of well being, from the very moderately
circumstanced to the affluent and distinguished—all who have
creative and constructive instinct, who like to "make things" with
their own hands.
There are, of course,
countless thousands of
"hobbyists" who enjoy working with the more fundamental
tools—to whom a
power-driven lathe or a table saw is still a mystery. But from their
ranks are annually being recruited many who come to love the "z-z-zing"
of a circular saw as it eats its way through the fresh, clean wood, or
the pungent smell of a smoking steel chip as it curls up in a spiral
over the lathe tool.
The mere fact that they have
of any sort and acquired the true craftsman spirit of keeping a fine
edge and working with painstaking precision, has prepared them for the
greatly multiplied possibilities of a power-driven outfit.
for example, a distinguished college professor who is equally
proficient as a photographer, a wood-turner, and a commentator on the
plays of the immortal Shakespeare, began with a rather meager set of
the very simplest tools. Gradually, as his hand acquired more skill and
his interest quickened, he added to his equipment. Today he
electric motor in his little shop and a complete outfit of power-driven
tools, and the tea-carts and other articles of furniture he
and presents to his friends are the pride of all who are lucky enough
to receive them.
example could be multiplied many times over. And fortunately, today,
manufacturers have made it possible to install such power-driven tools
at very moderate cost. They have designed combination outfits
power-driven wood-working and metal-working tools especially for the
use of the homecrafter. In some cases these tools can be acquired a
unit at a time until the full outfit is obtained. In others, convenient
terms have been arranged, so that it is now possible for the man of
modest means to have the use of the full combination while he is paying
for it, just as in the case of the radio or the automobile.
is no question that home-crafting is growing by leaps and bounds. It
has always been a popular form of recreation abroad, especially in
Germany and England.
And it is fast
becoming popular not only in
this country, but also in Canada and Mexico. Bankers,
college professors, ministers, business men. and other "head-workers"
are enrolled among its most enthusiastic followers. Farmers
workers of all types form a goodly army in themselves.
even school-girls, find in it an absorbing and fascinating pastime,
much to the relief of countless wise parents.
homecrafters their abilities to produce useful and attractive pieces of
work have gradually put them into profitable and growing business
enterprises that had their foundation in merely "tinkering around." As
an emergency or supplementary means of adding to the personal income,
thousands of others have demonstrated the value of homecrafting beyond
a mere avocation.
you can find a corner in your basement, attic, or unoccupied space in
your garage for a workshop, try out the Homecraft idea. Every member of
the family will eventually enjoy it. And they can have no better