Craftmanship is a word and to some, just a word But I don't take it lightly, some think this is absurd In this day and age, it seems, it's lost to years gone by But craftmanship is dear to me, and I'll tell you why.
To the younger generation, a piece of wood is just a thing No one wants to look for grain or knots or aged rings. Metal is just a strong piece of steel nowadays No one cares about the forge, the weld, the brake, the braze.
To craft something with your hands, to use the tools you have To reach into your soul and find the talent that God gave To turn a simple piece of metal or maybe wood Into a beautiful work of art, because you felt you could.
It takes a little longer, the skills you need to learn You cannot rush and hurry, the lathe that needs to turn You measure twice, cut only once and pay attention to your task The craftsman knows that this is all the piece of art is going to ask
Slow down and smell the sawdust, take time to use your square. Don't go so fast and you might see, the world that's really there Try to learn what you need to know so that, someday, you'll understand That craftsmanship is not just a word, it's doing the best that you can.
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Soaring Eagle in New 21st Century Heroes Logo Hand Drawn by Kevin Coughlan