New Stickers (Bookmarks?): “Our Tools Shape Us” and “Build For Ever”

We just got some new stickers in the other day! Two designs this go-around. The first is a die-cut profile of my fore plane with an abbreviated saying from technology scholar John Culkin: “Our Tools Shape Us.” If you’ve read through Issue Ten, you’ll know that this was the theme that wove those articles together. As we use our tools to shape the world, our tools influence us and ultimately shape our perspective on the world. Not sure what I mean? I recommend reading my article in that issue called “Ready Hands” for further explanation.

The second sticker is based on a quote from John Ruskin’s The Seven Lamps of Architecture: “Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever.” Note that there is a space between “for” and “ever.” Ruskin was not saying that we should plan to build things on and on eternally (“forever”), but rather that we ought to do all our work with a long-term view. He continued, “Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, 'See! This our fathers did for us.’” The carpenter hewing (Joseph) was illustrated in 1505 by Albrecht Dürer. The angels are picking up the hewn chips. Handy to have, if you can get some.

One of my sons has begun to fill the interior of his chest with M&T stickers.

Both stickers are printed by the best sticker company on the planet: Sticker Mule. So, you know that you’re getting primo quality. You also know that this means my kids are getting more hot sauce. (They say, “Thank you,” by the way.)

The stickers are $3 each with free domestic shipping. Also, I’ve found that these (and our other stickers) make exceptional bookmarks for all your craft and technology reading – they’re thin, flexible, and super rugged.

Enjoy, friends.

– Joshua


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