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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's a life





53 Stations of the Tokaido Road. Hoeido Edition (1831-4). These images were made available with the permission of John at http://hiroshige.org.uk. For best results, open in either the large or full-screen viewer.

Music from the Internet Archive: "From a concert recorded on July 27, 1966, a selection of traditional and contemporary Koto music." http://archive.org/details/C_1966_07_27.

See also: http://youtu.be/OL0LyLQrfho. I made my video before I saw this one, but I like mine.

The thoughts which led me to make this slide show are that Hiroshige is a world treasure who should be better known, of course, but also here we have a journey through a landscape that includes a civilization not dependent upon fossil fuels, something we may need to relearn how to be.

Judging by how hard the lower classes worked, and, apparently, for how little, I'm in no hurry to emulate the culture shown, not in all particulars. But, compared to where we appear to be headed in the near term, it's a life.

Here are some occupations that one might try out for (at least in a Euro-style version) in a future resembling this past, as noted by Rob at Transition Culture:

Woodland Crafts. Coppicers, hurdle makers, rake makers, fork makers, besom makers, handle makers, hoop makers, ladder makers, crib makers, broaches and peg makers, clog sole cutters, bodgers, charcoal burners, oak basket makers, trug makers, stick and staff makers, field gate makers, willow basket makers, net makers.

Building crafts. Stone masons, joiners, roofers, floor layers, wallers, thatchers, slaters, lime burners, paint makers, glass blowers, glaziers, stained glass artists, mud brick makers, tile makers, chimney sweeps, plumbers, decorators, bridge builders, French polishers, sign writers.

Field crafts. Hedge layers, dry stone wallers, stile makers, well diggers, peat cutters, gardeners, horticulturists, vintners, arborists, tree surgeons, foresters, farmers, shepherds, shearers, bee keepers, millers, fishermen, orchardists, veterinarians.

Workshop crafts. Chair makers, iron founders, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, coopers, coppersmiths, tinsmiths, wood turners, coach builders, boat builders, sail makers, rope makers, wainwrights, block makers, leather tanners, harness makers, saddlers, horse collar makers, boot and shoe makers, cobblers, clog makers, knife makers, cutters, millstone dressers, potters, printers, typographers, calligraphers, bookbinders, paper makers, furniture makers, jewellers, mechanics, boiler makers, boiler men, soap makers, gunsmith, sword smith, brush maker, candle maker, artist, sculptor, firework maker, cycle builder, bone carver, musical instrument maker, clay pipe maker, tool maker.

Textile crafts. Spinner, weaver, dyer, silk grower, tailor, seamstress, milliner, hatter, lace maker, button maker, mat and rug maker, crochet worker, tatting and macramé worker, knitter, quilter, smock worker, embroiderer, leather worker, felt maker.

Domestic crafts. Fish smoker, bacon curer, butter maker, cheese maker, brewer, cider maker, wine maker, distiller, herbalist, ice cream maker, butcher, fishmonger, pie maker, pickle maker, baker, barrister and coffee roaster, homeopath, reflexologist, osteopath, naturopath, storyteller, teacher naturalist, historian, jester, actor, administrator, philosopher, labourer, poet, writer, midwife, publican, bookseller, librarian.... 


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