Audio: Phase 2 — Journeywork | Age 25 to 45
“Sometimes it takes years, . . . before I decide what to do with a plank of wood.
There is a tremendous yearning inside the wood to fulfill itself . . .” — George Nakashima, Master Woodworker
Journeywork comprises the many years of work performed after Apprenticeship toward becoming a Master.
Life-as-a-Craft: Phase 2 — Journeywork
Is the 20 year period from ages 25–45, when the skilled Journeyman having learned the foundations of life-as-a-craft as a young Apprentice, goes into the world to earn their way through their skills and the applied practice of craftsmanship.
It is the time when a craftsperson distinguishes him or herself by earning their way in life by their craftwork. having learned to “stand on their own two feet.” It is a time lasting approximately twenty to twenty-five years.
It is the time of endurance and learning to pace oneself to avoid the modern effects of ‘burnout’ caused by wasting one’s energy in a race to nowhere.
In this episode, we talk about:
- Journeywork Traditions
- The Five Elements of Life-as-a-Craft
- Physical and Emotional Endurance Training
- The Craftsman’s Secret of Journeywork