Episode 4: Scarcity and Temperance

Arbor Vitae
Arbor Vitae
Episode 4: Scarcity and Temperance


In our fourth episode we explore the virtue of temperance and how it relates to scarcity of tools, materials, and space in woodworking.  Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will’s mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable. The temperate person directs the sensitive appetites toward what is good and maintains a healthy discretion. By embracing scarcity, we can both prevent intemperance and learn to use what we have well.

Thanks to our awesome listeners who chimed in on last Episode’s challenge, especially Corey Morgan (@coreymorganwoodworks).

Weekly Challenge

  1. What elements of scarcity (tools, materials, and/or space) have you dealt with or are you still dealing with?
  2. How has this scarcity taught you about the things that you do have, and how to use them well?

Be sure to let us know on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #stayvirtuous so everyone can find the conversation and join in!

Additional Resources

Featured Craftsman

Tyler G, a.k.a. DIY Tyler, woodworker and maker (Website, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+)

Additional Show Notes

Jonathan’s practice results:


Adam’s practice results:


Adam’s coat rack for Valley Co-op:



  1. Excerpt 18:50 to 19:10 and 19:30 to 19:48… Praise God.


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