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#1 posted 07-19-2017 07:52 PM

If you put the CNC carvings of a woodland scene on the headboard of a bed… do you still say “Hand Crafted”?

I really like Scott Grove s woodworker and designer in his TedX talk on exactly this subject (8 minutes).

He uses examples like laser cut marquetry? Do/Should you tell people that you didn t cut it out by hand. Does it matter? does the customer care?

If the machine cuts out all the parts, and you assemble it… is that hand – made ?

If you make the original, then scan it in and have it mass produced… what is it then?

If you use a dovetail jig, rather than hand cut dovetails…. what counts as craft?

Still all woodworking. Scott talks “tradition craftsman” and “autocrafter”.

- DrDirt

I went to the Martin Guitar factory in PA and took the tour, and they had a dandy of a cnc cutting the tops and back’s out.

I’d dare someone to go take that tour and tell those folks they not craftsmen.

I find the folks that poo poo cnc don’t know much about it. I’m a computer guy from the days of punched cards, and can tell you it’s not just “PUSHING A BUTTON”.

When I started thought it would be easy. The past year was an intro to reality. It takes creativity and skill to make something whether with a hand saw tablesaw or router or CNC.

as the old saying says when you are a carpenter and your only tool is a hammer, all problems are nails.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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