It often strikes me as ironic that I employ the latest technology to further my addiction to a mostly traditional craft: that I need a high-powered computer and cell phones and video cameras to be able to saw wood by hand and carve a shell with a chisel lacking any hint of motor or computer chip. It may be a comfort to know that when the power goes down — as it does frequently here in the northeast winter — I can continue to work, rather than finding myself dead in the water like so many of my totally power-dependent friends, but I remain grateful for new advances. The secret is to enjoy the best of both worlds by keeping an open mind to what may be good about both the old AND the new.