Building an old-school green house from local materials with traditional tools (video)
If you like craftsmanship, woodworking, and traditional hand tools, or you just enjoy watching somebody else do all the work, you'll love this short film.
While I can appreciate the almost magical nature of modern technology, such as the things we're seeing come out of the 3D printing sector, it really doesn't captivate me the same way that watching a craftsman wield old-school tools and technology does. I mean, it's really neat the way that 3D printers and CNC machines can take raw material and the project files, and then produce an exact copy of an intricate object, but to me, it's not nearly as amazing as seeing a wooden house get built, starting with the trees, using traditional joinery and hand tools.
If you've got a similar fascination with the potential that relatively simple tools have when they're in the hands of a master craftsman (or if you've ever tried to build anything from wood with hand tools) then I think you'll really appreciate this short film from the founders of John Neeman Tools. The company, based in Latvia, introduces itself like this:
"We are a small crew of skilled craftsmen from Latvia who use our heritage of craftsmanship handed down through many generations to design and create woodworking tools and knives. Our process, our method and mission keep these traditions and crafts alive and well. In this high-tech age, our own traditional craftsmanship is flourishing." - John Neeman Tools
The 24-minute film, The Birth of a Wooden House, is a beautiful look at the (now) uncommon art of handcrafting a dwelling from the raw materials available nearby, using skills that were once fairly standard, but that have now fallen out of favor because of the convenience and speed that power tools lend to traditionally labor-intensive projects.
"I have fulfilled my vision to a build natural, ecological house with high thermal efficiency, low energy consumption, sustainable, using local materials such as - wood, stone, old and new clay bricks, moss, linen fibre, clay, water, lime, wheat flour, salt and wood shavings." - Jacob, carpenter, craftsman and founder of John Neeman Tools