The word ‘hand’ hardly needs explaining as
a noun. Everyone knows what a hand is, where it is, what it looks like and
what it does. And it what it does or what hands can do that is so amazing.
We take for granted every
movement of our hands during our daily lives. We speak of hand workers,
people who actually work with their hands. From the navvy who digs ditches,
to the joiner who fashions fine furniture. We speak of handicrafts,
generally meaning the making of decorative items. And we speak of handmade,
hand painted, handwritten and numerous other words beginning with hand.
However, effectively we are all hand workers, irrespective of what we are
engaged in. We all use our hands to a far greater extent than we realise and
many hand movements are automatic. It is also incredible to what extent
hands can be trained. Just think of the finger speed of a musician, or the
clever sleight-of-hand of a conjurer.
These pictures illustrate just a fraction of what hands are used for and
what hands are capable of.