21 | Eric Gorges: A Craftsman's Legacy
Native Detroiter, Eric Gorges, the host of the national PBS show, A Craftsman's Legacy is on this week's podcast!
Eric has a fascinating story. In the 90's, he was a self-confessed "IT nerd," climbing the corporate ladder.
Then, he started to experience extreme panic attacks. After trying all kinds of therapies, the one thing that alleviated his symptoms was working with his hands. He eventually quit the 9 to 5 rat race and started fresh, opening a business as a master motorcycle builder. Now, he is hosting a PBS show that travels around the country, featuring artisans who build things with their own two hands.
He is a true believer in the mindful maker movement. He believes working with his hands saved him and can save others, too.
He's not alone in believing this. Recent Harvard studies report that "creative activity is an effective strategy to combat stress." Also, a book by authors Carrie and Alton Barron, The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness With Your Own Two Hands, makes the same case.
Eric came on the podcast to share his story and tell you what he's discovered about mental health by interviewing dozens of craftsmen and women around the country in his three seasons with the show.
Click the links below to listen to this podcast, as well as connect with Eric, his TV Show A Craftsman's Legacy and his custom bike shop, Voodoo Choppers.