Just a man

Just found this and love it


What is he? 
-A man, of course. 
Yes, but what does he do? 
-He lives and is a man.

Oh quite! But he must work.  He must have a job of some sort 
Because obviously he’s not one of the leisured classes. 
-I don’t know.  He has lots of leisure.  And he makes quite beautiful chairs.

There you are then!  He’s a cabinet maker. 
-No, no 
Anyhow a carpenter and a joiner. 
-Not at all.

But you said so 
-What did I say? 
That he made chairs and was a joiner and carpenter 
-I said he made chairs, but I did not say he was a carpenter.

All right then he is just an amateur? 
-Perhaps! would you say a thrush was a professional flautist, or just an amateur?

I’d say it was just a bird 
-And I say he is just a man. 


DH Lawrence


8 Responses to Just a man

  1. Rob Duckmanton December 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Fantastic. I’m writing that on my shed wall. Is that Jojos ladder back from mikes? Looks a beauty.

  2. Steve Kubien December 13, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    This is perfect.

  3. p follansbee December 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Robin – I first read this in Bill Coperthwaite’s book A Handmade Life. Sadly, Bill died in a car accident last month on icy roads in Maine. Jogge & I were writing back & forth about him, and Jogge asked “what shall we refer to him as in the film about Wille?” – and I thought well, he builds yurts, he makes nice spoons, etc; but in the end, he’s ‘just a man! of course…

    • Patrick Lanman January 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

      Peter your post after Bills death was excellent never got around to comment on it…but it turned me on to his book and I’m waiting for a copy right now..

  4. David Fisher December 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing that, Robin.

  5. Old Paddy December 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    Thanks for this post! Makes me think of the sentiment that “simple” is not a negative term rather the height of understanding. thanks for all you do!

  6. The Lilac Dragonfly January 1, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    I am just a woman, wanting to just live life, and I was talking about this very thing with a friend an hour or so ago! Why is there all this pressure and cultural expectation to have a “career”?
    I found this website because I am making a shelving unit and my son wanted me to oil the wood this time, instead of varnishing it as I usually do. I was trying to find out what kind of oil is best for finishing wood. When I saw the above, I immediately sent it to the friend I was just talking to. She will understand . . .

  7. Patrick Lanman January 12, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Been trying to convey that same sentiment for a long time now….nice to here it so eloquently put…cheers..