Making a canoe

Rihards Vidzickis is a Latvian woodworker who shows us how to make a dugout canoe, starting with a log and ending with a beautiful canoe using mostly traditional hand tools and techniques. Well worth watching for the full 18 minutes and 44 seconds.

(via Kottke).

Meaningful work

Rhone Koan — Meaningful Work

Not all work will be meaningful. Some will be meaningful to others but not for you. Some, will be drudgery. Some, will be necessary. Some will just be the thing you have to do until the next thing you have to do comes along until finally, after so much just-stuff, something will come along that is meaningful until, eventually, you’re done with that and doing the next thing you do because it’s just the thing you have to do. The everyday meaningful work is very rare and even then is punctuated by small bursts of just-stuff that you have to do to support the meaningful. But, the true meaning of work will come when one accepts that all work is meaningful work and none of it is and that both of these are simultaneously true.

Via Patrick Rhone.

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The long game

A 3-part video series about showing up every day to do the work. It's really great.

The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was once a loser from Delve on Vimeo

The Long Game Part 2: the missing chapter from Delve on Vimeo

The Long Game Part 3: Painting in the Dark from Delve on Vimeo