One way to try a Making by Hand activity...
Find an easy project in the kitchen.
Peel and slice an apple?
Caution around sharp tools !!!
How is this considered Make by Hand?
All 3 grips of the human hand are used.
Preparation of food in the kitchen often involves all 3 of the primary hand grips available to humans. Often these grips are quickly and effortlessly combined; as when the haft (handle)of the cutting knife is gripped with an oblique squeeze grip and the apple is supported in a modified 5 jaw grip. Often one human hand grip will interact with another human hand grip as the one hand carefully holds the object while the other hand guides the tool.
Haptic sensory input, you feel it.
You are feeling the changes in pressure of the apple on your fingers as you turn the apple. There is act and react feedback sensory response in every turn of the apple to achieve the peel removal and to protect the hands. The movement appears effortless but is complex. Watch the fluid choreography of the hands in motion as hand grips morph from one to the next. The tool control centers in the human brain react and respond to the seamless interplay between brain and hand.
We are evolved to be makers.
The Precision Grip is used, finger to thumb to control the knife.
The Oblique Squeeze Grip wraps fingers around the handle (haft) of the tool amplify power.
The 5 Jawed Grip involves all 4 fingers and thumb in grasping and supporting the apple on the fingertips.
The frontoparietal cortex has a special brain structure thought to have evolved to allow tool usage for current humans . Thus we are built by nature and evolution to be makers! It's amazing to find that tool control from the brain extends beyond the boundaries of the human body. Confirm this with a player of golf, tennis, or baseball about the extension of their body into the inanimate tool (in an oblique squeeze grip lol).
Join the creative journey
As simple as it it, the desire to peel an apple has the components of the Maker path...
Begin the effort
A path to exploration
Making by hand is fun to do
You learn about your Maker potential
You are doing what humans have done for over a million years...Make by Hand!!!