Wednesday, February 18, 2009

How was life different from today in 1845?

One thing that stands out in my mind concerns the quality of light. Today we take light for granted. The Fields shop is an exceptional building, and has a wealth of windows. But when the sky is grey it gets very dark inside. We adjust by doing work that has fine details early in the day, at the bench by the window, or even outside. The dim end of the day is a good time for sweeping or to return tools to their spot. I think working with accurate and varied lighting causes us to adopt historically accurate patterns of work.

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