If you have 25 minutes to spare, settle down and watch Gabriel Branby talk about how he turned around the ailing Gränsfors Bruks axe factory and has kept its head above water. (Thanks for the link Nigel.) It is both fascinating and inspirational:
It makes me feel even more touched that they chose to give us some tools to send out to Kesurokai and I look forwards to taking some photos and video of them in action in return.
I watched/ listened to this on my laptop whilst sat at my sewing machine altering a jacket, which brings me back to my previous post about the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum when I made a sweeping statement about disliking museums. This wasn't intended as a criticism of museums generally, just a personal reflection on the effect they have on me because I am so restless and impatient. I think museums offer a huge amount to so many people, as well as preserving many very important artefacts. However, unless I am really involved in something, preferably doing something, I find it difficult to engage my brain, hence the sewing and video combination!