But here’s the other thing that’s important: Their tools were different. To the uneducated eye, the tools of the 17th and 18th centuries look crude. But have you ever examined an 18th-century moulding plane that wasn’t dogmeat? I have. They are refined to a level that exceeds many modern tools.
Everything extraneous has been taken away. Everything necessary is right where you need it and is easy to manipulate.
From Chris Schwarz’s upcoming book The Anarchist’s Tool Chest, available for pre-order now.