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Virgil Aurand

““The good life that society prescribes—the untrammeled pursuit of wealth and fame, leisure and consumption—often leaves some essential part of us malnourished. We may be capable, competent individuals, yet find ourselves starved for avenues of engagement that provide more satisfying sustenance.” from: "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman" ~Peter Korn”


Chicago, IL United States

Professional title:

I.T. Consultant/Engineer. Writer. Photographer. Woodworker

What do you do?

I make technology work, write, capture moments, and make beautiful things.


I implement & support computer networks, servers, applications and security for business clients. As an antidote to my I.T. life, I write books and blog posts about less techy stuff -like traditional skills.

What should we read?

"Brave Old World: A Practical Guide to Husbandry, or the Fine Art of Looking After Yourself" by Tom Hodgkinson (A "modern tour of the ancient arts of everyday living: philosophy, husbandry and merriment.")


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