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The Art of Living



“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
– L.P Jack


L.P. Jack from Education Through Recreation, published 1932.



  1. Posted by JAlvis on Sep 20th, 2012

    Sounds like a life motto……I should read this every morning.

  2. Posted by David Handley on Sep 23rd, 2012


    What a wonderful quote.

    We should all try and live up to it.

    Good to have you back, Look forward to your second book.

    A sincerely felt request from me, please include a Cutting List and Hardware List for your projects.

    I have had to order my roto-hinges for the tool box from Rockler as I could not find them in the UK.

    I am enjoying your book and am trying desparately to stick to your principles.

    I have built plenty of Garden Projects as well as furniture but none of it using 3/4 American White Oak using dovetail construction.

    Thanks for all of your inspiration, enthusiasm and effort.

    Best Wishes to your family



  3. Posted by tom on Sep 23rd, 2012

    thanks for the comments- I will indeed have cutting lists and hardware sources in the new book. I’m actually just finishing up a new project that uses Roto hinges again! I love those things-;)
    all the best to you.

  4. Posted by antonio murado on Sep 26th, 2012

    I hope that doctors, pilots, correctonal officers…. don’t follow that advise. Please!

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