How to Kill a Craftsman
It is my belief that the “Craftsman” is becoming an endangered species.
A nose to the grindstone, unassuming species, adorned with tool belts slung across their shoulders or hung around their waists, their name is “Craftsmen.” By nature, they are accommodating and analytical, and they produce highly precise and accurate work; but they have been hunted to near extinction by an aggressive and unhappy race of new consumers. Now they can be found wandering around alongside the giant panda, the Grus Americana whooping crane, and other endangered species.
A person of this species is highly skilled at working in the manual arts and is motivated by the mastery of his trade. He is an artisan with distinctive, technical, tireless skill. He builds the infrastructure of our daily lives through the trades which include electrical, mechanical, framing, HVAC, finish carpentry, stone masonry, plumbing, and more. We believe these are jobs and people we must value.
Let’s get to the “how do you kill them” part.
To kill a craftsman, you’ve gotta hit ‘em where it counts. A true craftsman is highly skilled and innovative. He puts his soul into everything he touches. He deserves our respect.
So, load your ammo and point:
1. AIM FOR THE HEAD
Show him a youtube video that explains how to install your cabinets.
2. AIM FOR THE HEART
Stand over this often unassuming and introverted human being and write a daily commentary on his work
3. AIM LOWER
Ask him to use the unfinished bathroom in the basement
People hire us because they’ve seen our work and liked it. If we installed a project, it was done by a craftsman. We are devoted to preserving this endangered species. If you are looking to kill one, please don’t hire us. We want to keep ours alive.
P.S. My father is a craftsman. I now find myself married to one, too. How do you let the craftsman live? It’s simple. Trust him. He will bend over backward and lose sleep to make your project a success. Let him be the thoughtful, disciplined person who is particularly attentive to, careful of, and accurate with the details involved in your job. If you can’t trust your installer, you have hired the wrong person for your job.