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Hands as hands…

“It is a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands.Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time will come when we shall be so incapacitated and weak that we shall begin to curse ourselves for having forgotten the use of the living machines given to us by God.”
Mahatma Gandhi



  1. Posted by stephen melhuish on Oct 5th, 2012

    Great quote again Tom, you should put all these philosophical gems into another book, but Im sure they’ll be peppered throughout your 2nd book, so we’ll be patient and wait for that….Patience is a virtue….grasshopper.

    I presume that the pic of the lovely plane is another one of your own designs, what is it a smoother?

  2. Posted by tom on Oct 5th, 2012

    Steve- you’re correct on all three counts.
    Inspirational quotes peppered through new book? Check.
    Lovely plane of my own design? Check.
    Smoother? Well it’s actually a ‘high angle’ smoother but- check!
    ; )

    thanks for the comment.

  3. Posted by Sue on Oct 5th, 2012

    Thank you for a great Blog – I have found so much inspiration from your work and words – really looking forward to your next book. Brilliant quote and too true. Thank you for helping to keep hand tool woodwork alive and accessible (I am gradually converting to a hand tool only shop and the benefits have been huge in so many different ways).
    P.S – The plane looks great!

  4. Posted by tom on Oct 5th, 2012

    Thanks for the comments Sue-; )

  5. Posted by John A Thomas on Oct 5th, 2012

    Hi Tom
    It’s been a while since I’ve commented on your blog. This post jumps out and grabs you! Thanks for posting. The other posts are awesome too. Off the topic I’m building a frame saw and wanted to share it with you when I’m done. I’m using hand tools to build a hand tool. Gramercy tools has a free PDF download detailing the parts.

  6. Posted by tom on Oct 5th, 2012

    Thanks for the comment John, send me a pic when you get your saw finished. I’d love to see it.

  7. Posted by TJIC on Oct 6th, 2012

    Good quote. BEAUTIFUL plane. Can’t wait for the next book – have an expected date for it yet?

  8. Posted by tom on Oct 6th, 2012

    Thanks TJIC- the new book will have full plans for this plane as well as a half dozen other work shop tools. Of course there are another half dozen or so furniture projects as well!
    Busy days ahead- my deadline is Oct. 30th so I expect the book this winter. No exact date just yet but believe me, when I know, everyone will know~; )

  9. Posted by Ian Waltenbery on Oct 6th, 2012

    Can I quote you on my blog?
    Ian W

  10. Posted by tom on Oct 6th, 2012

    the quote is not mine- so yeah, feel free to use it on your blog~;)

  11. Posted by Dan on Oct 6th, 2012

    There is a relationship between idle hands and ignorant, out of touch minds.

  12. Posted by Jay on Oct 6th, 2012

    Tom thank you for helping me find what I have been looking for. I have found it in both ur words and music. Brother I can’t explain to u what u have opened me up to withm wood working and life meaning. I have many of my grandfathers tools that I use. Working with my hands has added meaning to my life and help my self being. Thank u brother for all u do. I love working to ur music. Wish ur tune from ur DVD was on ur last album.

  13. Posted by tom on Oct 7th, 2012

    Thanks Jay-; )
    it’s always good to hear that. Maybe that tune will be on my greatest hits collection!! LOL-

  14. Posted by Steve J. on Oct 8th, 2012

    I can hardly sit still waiting for your new book to hit the streets. Can you give us faithful an update on when that might be?

  15. Posted by tom on Oct 8th, 2012

    Steve- thanks for the comment. I wish I had a date for you but I don’t just yet. I think we can be safe with saying ‘this winter’-;)
    When I know, you’ll know.

  16. Posted by robert on Oct 28th, 2012

    I have read your book cant wait for the next one

    Iam not compleately unplugged and probably never will be
    I am bulding a Rubo bench and be doing some hand work in the future.

  17. Posted by David on Dec 8th, 2012

    Hay all,

    Another great quote and couldn’t have said it better. Keep you the good work Tom. Any date for next book?

    Dave Ans.

  18. Posted by tom on Dec 8th, 2012


    the next book is due to be released in September, 2013.

    thanks for the comment.


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