The Birth of a House

This post is about my favorite youtube video.  As expected, it is mostly about woodworking, carpentry and traditional hand tools.  But it also has always struck a chord with me in how I would like to live my life, in what I would like to achieve with my efforts and what I would like to pass along to my children.

The video is beautiful.  It is the story of Jacob and his dream to build a house for his family... by hand...  If you have not seen it, please check it out. I'll wait.

The first time I saw the video, I was in awe of the craftsmanship, the effort, the perseverance and the sheer will it must have taken to complete this house.  But as I have watched it more and more, I find myself drawn to the small clips and snippets that show him and his family, show how his daughters have grown during the long build, and shoe him and his friends as they have completed the frame.  The experience was arduous I am sure, but the pride and content show in the final product. I immediately wanted to do the exact same thing. I wanted to build the house that my children would grow up in.  I often find myself watching this video every few weeks.

I bring this up as there was recently posted a follow-up video, a few years later, that is an interview with Jacob and showing him and his family in the house.


It leads me to a larger ethos that I try to live by: 


Working hard is ok. 


So go make something! use your hands. Fail, Succeed, it doesn't matter. Learn from it, and make it better the next time, and the next time.