As I recover from gallbladder surgery the most frustrating thing is not being able to work in my shop for a week. I feel pretty darn good but I’m not supposed to lift anything over ten pounds, push a plane, etc. Probably not a good idea to go to the sawmill and sort through lumber either.
Nor would it be a good time to learn to play dulcimer while riding a unicycle.
I’m taking the time to design a new instrument or two and find myself exploring the wealth of old information available via new technology.
Here’ a fun one. Books of this type were given to young people (well, probably young men keeping the time of history in mind) to help them learn about the various professions they could pursue.
So take a gander and see if you think you are more cut-out to be an architect, a shipwright, a clergyman, a tanner, a mason….
A better quality scan in two volumes of a nearly identical volume by the same author titled “Popular Technology; or, Professions and Trades” by the same author is available at the Internet Archive.