I recently enjoyed a phone call from retired engineer and gifted woodworker Garrett Smith who wanted to tell me how the ideas in By Hand and Eye had “changed my perspective of this world forever”. George and I love hearing that as that is just what this ancient knowledge did for us. Garrett was even moved to write a poem about his personal transformation so I asked him permission to post it here for others to enjoy:
The metric man cannot behold
all the wonders nature holds.
For hath the ruler in his grip
no index for relationships.
Square and plummet fail to mark,
Matters felt and of the heart.
No level, rod, nor referenced gauge
Convey what only comes with age.
Now we see, that we’ve resigned
our quest to map the grand design.
Points that lie in perfect place,
the space between them flowing grace.
© 2015 Garrett Smith