Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, Vermont offers over 80 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Now in its 35th year, Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills. Our hands-on 1-day to 3-week workshops, certificate programs and semester programs are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country. For people of all ages and experience levels, from novice to professional.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

New York Times Article Hits Home

The most emailed story from the New York Times today was "The Case for Working with Your Hands." Our changing economy is one force that is apparently helping the trades look more appealing than many office desk jobs, probably for the first time in several generations. I know that as a young "knowledge worker" I often craved a visible result or a tired body from my workday. This craving, combined with my desire to learn how to approach work in a way that leaves the world a better place rather than a more toxic place, is part of what drove me to the internship program at Yestermorrow.

It's an interesting article that resonated with me when I read it. Enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. Bozobyker9:45 AM

    An intriguing article possessing well conceived arguments and responsive thoughtful actions. I also have often wondered about the "need" for a college education and the subsequent obligatory career path. Far too often the time/money/effort invested in the "Educational Attainment Complex" has proven to be a personal and societal waste. But not always. On a personal level, it taught me to think cognitively rather than emotionally. There is the additional benefit derived by learning how to educate yourself, an attribute not to be sold short and one I could not have developed directly from high school.

    Our self worth is often measured in personal satisfaction derived from our vocation. It is important that we have a feeling of accomplishment from our daily activity. This is certainly more rewarding if it can be visualized, held, eaten or developed from personal physical exertions. Mr. Crawford writes elegantly and expressively on his journey towards a more rewarding vocation.

    Now my age begins to reveal itself as I observe this authors focus on his situation with no mention of a spouse or offspring. Perhaps it is envy or perhaps it is maturity when I suggest that some compromises inevitably must be made when more than one person is involved in seeking a rewarding responsible vocation. To achieve a balance in all things and all relationships is the elusive elixir of life.