I like gadgets; I love technology. And I am very aware of the profound changes in our society wrung by the internet and social networking. Without smartphones and Facebook, 2011 would probably not have become the year of the many revolutions.
Lately, due to pecuniary constraints, I had to make painful choices - mostly to not buy stuff.
But at some point I had to give in. I found this fantastic multifunctional thingy, personally signed by its maker. Hand crafted. Ergonomic. With a 20-year guarantee and an extensive user's manual.
An axe. Man's most elementary tool.
Many thousands of years ago, someone made the first stone axe. Which led to knives, spears, fishing hooks, sewing needles, clothes from cut and stitched hide instead of loosely draped furry skin, shoes; and after many millennia, nuclear power and Karl Lagerfeld.
My new axe is a Gränsfors Bruks, made in Sweden. Its head is hand-forged high-carbon steel, tempered to incredible hardness and stamped with the initials of its forger: AS - Anders Strömstedt. Sharp as a razor. The handle is unvarnished American hickory.
A forged steel head and a wooden handle. That's all.
|My Gränsfors Bruks 50-cm forestry axe. Photo of the actual thing, by me.|
|Anders the smith|
Why does a copywriter buy an axe and not an iPad 2?
Because in spite of all the preachings of His Holyness Steve 1, there is no App in the Store that will chop wood. And we don't live in an apartment in a megapole but on a sizeable patch of land in the Auvergne, one of the greenest and most rural regions of France. We have central heating, but we burn wood, which is abundant here, for cosy heat in the living room on dark and chilly days. Our modern, high-efficiency wood burner is also our backup heat source in case of a power blackout.
Which means that I spend quite some time cutting and splitting logs into small pieces that fit in our stove. Once you have been learning that for a few years, you appreciate having the best tool for the job.
Sorry, Steve, but the iPad is not it.