Sing, clear-voiced Muse, of Hephaestus famed for inventions.
With bright-eyed Athena he taught men glorious crafts throughout the world,
—men who before used to dwell in caves in the mountains like wild beasts.
But now that they have learned crafts through Hephaestus the famed worker,
easily they live a peaceful life in their own houses the whole year round.
– In praise of Hephaestus, ancient Greek god of crafts and artisans ( Homeric Hymns, 20). His known lameness was not a handicap but an impetus to create the best tools and equipment of Olympus.