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#1 posted 07-19-2017 02:36 PM

I think the question is really “Is CNC craftsmanship?” It depends on how you define it. I define it as skill + artistic ability.

Its quite simple. If you do a carving and use a CNC its not hand carved, period end of debate. If you don’t give a disclaimer to that effect, then you are falsely taking credit for a skill you may not possess. And BTW saying “I did it on a CNC” is not really truthful is it? More accurately “it was done on a CNC.”

So what about using a machine to punch out mortises or make tenons? Yes, you’re using a machine in lieu of a hand skill, so can you still say it was “handmade”. Yes because it is not a factory. Kind of like “made in the USA” vs. “assembled in the USA”.

But where’s the artistry in a mortise?

What worries me the most is that CNC and computers do not further one’s skills and skills cannot be passed on to the next generation.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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