Dedication to principle, craftsmanship, and the mastery of procedure.

Could be the opening line for a new sedan commercial. Are we selling cars here? No. No, we’re selling… barber chairs! Hey, principles apply to anything finely crafted. Barber chairs are no exception. What with their custom tuned, foot-operated height jacks; adjustable headrests; mechanical joystick side levers, and custom engraved footrests.

For the history of something to be worthwhile, it must be on some level, fascinating. Are barber chairs fascinating? Rapid fire response tells us “no”. But a lot depends on the context. The fascination of the thing can be gleaned from a contextually appealing sample. In this case, there exists before us a “National Barber Museum & Hall of Fame”. The fact that there is a robust website, never mind a brick & mortar hall of fame located in the no doubt well-groomed town of Canal Winchester, OH – both dedicated to the barbering profession… the fact that these even exist is fascinating. I mean, barbering.

Name me three famous professional barbers. Okay, kidding. Name me one. One famous professional barber. According to “The Museum,” there are over 60 famous professional barbers. In the land of combs-in-blue-water, barbering is a progressive profession – one that champions the innovators of their industry. Their growing Hall of Fame contains Sultans of Scissors dating back to the 1960’s. It’s no Cooperstown, but it’s a strong showing.

Professional fact-checkers are “QA’ing” the details as we speak, but if it’s good enough for Canal Westchester, OH… then by God it’s good enough for me. Anyway, they state (“they” as in the National Barber Museum) in their “barbering timeline” that the profession started way back in ancient Egypt. Apparently barbering hieroglyphics confirmed the practice of cutting another’s hair, except they used oyster shells, so. They go on recount the pleasantries of the medieval barbershop, saying they “practiced shaving, hair-cutting, and hair-dressing, they also dressed wounds and performed surgical operations. They were called barber-surgeons.”

So, I suppose we’ve learned that there are in fact, fascinating aspects of barbering. Its origins can be traced back to ancient Egypt; the profession has its own national museum, and barbers also used to amputate medieval limbs! Fascinating!