The nature of Crafters is most clearly seen in their masterful operation of tools,
equipment, machines, and instruments of all kinds. Most us use tools in some capacity, of course, but Crafters (as much
as ten percent of the population) are the true masters of tool work, with an innate ability to command tools and to
become expert at all the crafts requiring tool skills. Even from an early age they are drawn to tools as if to a
magnet -- tools fall into their hands demanding use, and they must work with them.
Like all the Artisans, Crafters are people who love action, and who know instinctively that their activities are
more enjoyable, and more effective, if done impulsively, spontaneously, subject to no schedules or standards but their
own. In a sense, Crafters do not work with their tools, but play with them when the urge strikes them. Crafters also
seek fun and games on impulse, looking for any opportunity, and just because they feel like it, to play with their
various toys: cars, motorcycles, boats, dune-buggies, hunting rifles, fishing tackle, scuba gear, and on and on.
They thrive on excitement, particularly the rush of speed-racing, water-skiing, surfing. And Crafters are fearless
in their play, exposing themselves to danger again and again, even despite frequent injury. Of all the types,
Crafters are most likely to be risk takers, pitting themselves, or their technique, against chance or odds.
Crafters are hard to get to know. Perhaps this is because they tend to communicate through action, and show
little interest in developing language skills. Their lack of expressiveness can isolate them at school and on
the job, and even though they hang around with their own kind in play, they let their actions speak for them,
and their actual conversation is sparse and brief.
Crafters can be wonderfully generous and loyal to their friends, teammates, and sidekicks, often giving up
their evenings or weekends to help with building projects or mechanical repairs-house remodeling, for example,
or working on cars or boats. On the other hand, they can be fiercely insubordinate to those in authority,
seeing rules and regulations as unnecessarily confining. Crafters will not usually go against regulations
openly, but will simply ignore them. More than anything, Crafters want to be free to do their own thing,
and they are proud of their ability to do it with an artist's skill.
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