In the list of noble enterprises, I put carpenters at the top. Not very many people can take a pile of lumber and build a house without losing a finger. Carpenters are beyond cool. They are almost mythical in their accomplishments. I mean, who brings more value to our culture: A carpenter who is able to craft a wooden canoe during his free time or an equity funds manager who is able to lose 40% of your principal within a week? Carpenters will win that race every time and make it look easy. In fact, my friend, Chris, can build a Japanese gazebo with the nonchalant ease I would carry when making a peanut butter sandwich.
QUESTION: Who is the coolest person in the bible? Noah! Why? He was a carpenter. Who else had the wherewithal to build an ark the size of an aircraft carrier? I think anybody who can build anything without using IKEA deserves special recognition. In fact, it’s a travesty that master carpenter Norm Abrams from This Old House and Yankee Doodle Workshop has yet to win a Nobel Prize. Why isn’t there a category for carpentry? Do we really need physics?
INTERESTING FACT: Did you know that the coolest action hero of all time, Harrison Ford, started off as a carpenter? Did you know that Norm Abrams is a direct descendent of Noah? Wouldn’t that be cool if that was true?