Sharing the experience of making

Banks do not create wealth, nor does commerce.  People who work with their hands and with tools, with wood and metal, with the common materials of stone and brick and dirt; these people create wealth.  Everyone has the right to make things that enhance their lives, from found objects to fine furniture.  We scavenge and salvage, re-purpose and restore, "keep a thing, its use will come..."    

it should not be artists alone who are exercised early in these crafts. It would be part of my scheme of physical education that every youth in the state–from the King’s son downward–should learn to do something finely and thoroughly with his hands, so as to let him know what touch meant; and what stout craftsmanship meant; and to inform him of many things besides, which no man can learn but by some severely accurate discipline in doing.  Let him once learn to take a straight shaving off a plank, or draw a fine curve without faltering, or lay a brick level in its mortar; and he has learned a multitude of other matters… John Ruskin

There ain’t anything equal to it but tradin’ rats for diamonds in time of famine.
— Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi