Other People's Videos
I stumbled across this video the other day, and have found myself occasionally thinking about it since. It has become more inspirational the more I have thought about what Mr. Daly is actually doing in the video. Beyond doing a beautiful job hand building wooden coffins, he is creating something with his hands in his workshop that will be the last resting place for a human being. I have made a lot of things in my life, but none seemingly as important as an eternal resting place. The care and attention he appears to give to his work (which will eventually be buried in the ground) is motivational to me and I hope to others. I encourage you to watch this video and give its contents some real thought. When we make something with our hands I feel that we leave a part of ourselves with that object. I try hard not to loose sight of the fact that many of the things I make will far outlive me (hopefully), but sometimes it helps to watch someone give great care to something that they know will be destroyed. I have read about other woodworkers building their own coffins, and there are even classes on the subject. Perhaps this would be a good project...someday.