The end one thing marks the beginning of another.
I’m super excited to announce the new blog – The Study.
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The Study is a place to enjoy a quiet morning cup of of coffee or a cool evening double, find cool stuff, learn things and generally appreciate life.
This is a place of truth and detail. Every day I will be posting content celebrating greatness in all it’s forms and functions. The study is a place with equal reverence for music, art, literature, sport, design and performance.
On any given day we might take a look at the work of Stephane Grapelli, Flat and Scruggs & Bill Monroe, Robert Johnson, Paganini, Levon Helm, Rebop Kwaku Baah, Enzo Ferrari, F.E Payne, Loyd Loar, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Phil Hill, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nakashima, Annie Leibovitz, Julia Child, or Payne Stuart.
We might look at the writings of the literary Giants of 1920s Paris, or how a gun maker might adjust a loose forend iron, how a rod maker wraps eyes, links to great barn find autos, tips on tying flies, tuning up a hand plane, sharpening a hand saw, switching a fly reel from left to right hand retrieve, or a recipe for a stiff drink.
We seek to look deep into the marrow of life through the lens of great work in an atmosphere of respect reverence, questions, discipline, hard work, finesse, timeless beauty and quite diligence.
Please review all the the definitions of the word study below and you might understand why I have chosen it for the SmithFly Blog. It’s one word with many wonderful definitions pertinent to the way I live my life and plan on documenting it here.
noun (pl. studies)
1 the devotion of time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject, esp. by means of books: the study of English | an application to continue full-time study.
• (studies) study as pursued by one person: some students may not be able to resume their studies.
• an academic book or article on a particular topic: a study of Jane Austen’s novels.
• (studies) used in the title of an academic subject: a major in East Asian studies.
2 a detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation: a study of a sample of 5,000 children | the study of global problems.
• a portrayal in literature or another art form of an aspect of behavior or character: a study of a man devoured by awareness of his own mediocrity.
• archaic a thing that is or deserves to be investigated; the subject of an individual’s study: I have made it my study to examine the nature and character of the Indians.
• archaic the object or aim of someone’s endeavors: the acquisition of a fortune is the study of all.
• [ with adj. ] a person who learns a skill or acquires knowledge at a specified speed: I’m a quick study.[originally theatrical slang, referring to an actor who memorizes a role.]
3 a room used or designed for reading, writing, or academic work.
4 a piece of work, esp. a drawing, done for practice or as an experiment.
• a musical composition designed to develop a player’s technical skill.
5 (a study in) a thing or person that is an embodiment or good example of something: he perched on the edge of the bed, a study in confusion and misery.
• informal an amusing or remarkable thing or person: Ira’s face was a study as he approached the car.
verb (studies, studying, studied) [ with obj. ]
1 devote time and attention to acquiring knowledge on (an academic subject), esp. by means of books: she studied biology and botany.
• investigate and analyze (a subject or situation) in detail: he has been studying mink for many years.
• [ no obj. ] apply oneself to study: he spent his time listening to the radio rather than studying.
• [ no obj. ] acquire academic knowledge at an educational establishment: he studied at the Kensington School of Art.
• [ no obj. ] (study up) learn intensively about something, esp. in preparation for a test of knowledge: a graduate student studies up for her doctoral exams.
• (of an actor) try to learn (the words of one’s role).
• W. Indiangive serious thought or consideration to: the people here don’t make so much noise, so you will find that the government doesn’t have us to study.
2 look at closely in order to observe or read: she bent her head to study the plans.
3 archaic make an effort to achieve (a result) or take into account (a person or their wishes): with no husband to study, housekeeping is mere play.
in a brown study absorbed in one’s thoughts.[apparently originally from brown in the sense ‘gloomy.’]
ORIGIN Middle English: shortening of Old French estudie (noun), estudier (verb), both based on Latin studium ‘zeal, painstaking application.’
If you liked the Fiddle and Creel, you will like what I’m doing here. The Study is in the same vein but with an expanded umbrella of topics.