Out of the Woodwork: The Allure of the New


If all you have is a hammer, well, you might need another hammer.
By Doug Fulkerson
Page: 72

From the April 2009 issue #175
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One of my favorite quotes is Baruch’s Observation: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. It seems like an accurate observation of the way people adapt to their surroundings. When it comes time to move out of your apartment your Honda Civic suddenly looks like a Ford F150. Just drive by a good-sized college or university at the end of the spring semester and you’ll see this in action.

But sometimes the reverse is true. Maybe all you have is a hammer, but it isn’t the right hammer. Sure you can drive an 8d nail with a 9-pound sledgehammer, but you wouldn’t use it to drive a finishing nail into the moulding of a jewelry box. It would mar the finish, slightly.


From the April 2009 issue #175
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