As the player explores, they’ll find some items or objects with purposes that aren’t obvious. For this, there’s the journal. The journal isn’t a quest log, but instead records info about objects that you study. You can do this either with the Scholar’s Study ability or with a special magnifying glass.
You pick up the magnifying glass like any other item, then click it onto objects of interest. Let’s start by studying the anvil here.
Da-ding! (That the sound of learning about anvils.) Now to open the journal:
Useful info, especially considering on the table here we’ve got a chunk of iron, and an “Axe Crafting Kit”. Let’s try crafting an axe! That means placing the iron on the anvil, and then dragging the Axe Crafting Kit onto it.
If we continue investigating the area, we can learn about the bushes and plants on the right.
We’ve crafted some new armor!
These are just basic examples of studying and crafting. Most items (aside from extremely mundane things like chairs or tables) will have a journal entry. And not all crafting requires a kit — you can cut Aldleaf into bandages using shears, for example. You could also cut down a tree and use the resulting wood plank with bandages to create a splint.