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#1 posted 07-19-2017 10:41 PM

My definition of “woodworking” is: “Any time a tool creates a feature on a piece of wood, that is woodworking”. That is a very basic definition, but from the beginning of civilization, tools became more sophisticated, evolving into the computerized tools of today. Nothing has changed; a tool is still a tool, wood is still wood and a human has to operate the tool. Now if you are comparing a “traditional” woodworker to a machine oriented woodworker, there is a difference. Roy Underhill would probably condemn CNC as a work of the devil and Norm Abram would consider it a blessing. Now compare the latest, 3D printing. Although not a woodworking tool, it does create something from nothing. It does require material and an operator. The operator is combined with a computer program. The creativity comes from the mind of the operator converting, with the aid of software, an object from raw material (plastic or metal). In this case, I would not consider it woodworking as no wood is involved.

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