If you’ve ever struggled to express that strange something which draws our kind into the shop, Matthew Crawford’s Shop Class as Soulcraft is worth a read. The book is designed to explain the importance of the manual trades and the deep satisfaction to be had in applying one’s self to mechanical problems. Crawford has many an unkind word for the circumstances that led us to a “knowledge economy,” arguing that such a system is crippling to the human spirit. In other words, desk jobs drive men mad. Sound familiar?
Hit the library for this one, or go to Amazon with $17.13 for your own copy. No tradesman, mechanic, builder or laborer will ever feel like they’re missing anything in the white-collar world once Crawford’s wisdom is absorbed.