I recently came across this excellent Ghandhi quote at John Neeman tools, a guild of Latvian craftsmen who appear to do wonderful work (and have a good website developer to boot!).
"Its a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands. Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time will come when we shall be so incapacitated and weak that we shall begin to curse ourselves for having forgotten the use of the living machines given to us by God."
Though the cursing doesn't seem to have started just yet, I'm inclined to think that the time of Ghandhi's prediction has arrived. How would we fare if the industrial machine were to grind to a halt for any one of a million different reasons?
Their video of damascus knife making is worth a view, as is their entire website.