31 May '16, 2pm

Path to Craftsmanship: The Art of Throwing It Away

Great article. I have had to make the hard call and throw away a lot of stuff, especially moving off to University. However, I must argue for hoarding in specific situations. For one, if you live in a developing country, you can’t just order the parts you need for a project – in my home country shipping generally takes months, packages are often lost and you pay $10 + 100% duty (a killer on cheap parts). Also, if you do have some extra space, having piles of scraps does allow you to pick a piece close to what you need and modify it, rather than starting from scratch. The habit I have cultivated is to try and keep things more likely to be useful and easy to store. So flat sheets of material, metal rods, screws (I stick to a few sizes, and M3 machine screws FTW!) etc are kept because they are useful and easy to store. Motors, magnets, switches etc all come in useful so they ...

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