I have the highest respect for craftsmen. Today, a friend sent me this photo of a beautiful set of rocking chairs and a table in various stages of production. I try and use the mindset of a craftsman for the things that truly matter.
A craftsman doesn't think of his work as art -- though it is. A craftsman doesn't think of her occupation as a higher calling. They simply employ their God-given, or practice-honed skills. Their tools become an extension of their hands and their minds -- an extension of themselves. To call it an avocation puts an obstruction between the work and the worker.
I just want to build a really great rocking chair. And then do it again.