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#1 posted 04-23-2014 08:50 PM

A better way than the handsaw, hand plane and handdrill? Funnily enough, I was recently using all three when I finally noticed an eerie silence in the communal workshop. It turned out the power had been off for an hour or two, the other guys were wandering around looking lost, and I’d almost finished my job. No, those three are absolutely indispensable – I”ll have the part cut while you’re still setting your fence. Even my old plough plane is faster to set up than the router. The only place where a machine wins is on repeat cuts.

But apart from that … I recently read an article on an apprentice in Germany. He specialises in medieval joinery, and only that: restoring old buildings using the exact techniques and tools of the period. the skills he’s learned include weighing the wood accurately with his hand, and being able to chop a wedge with a single blow. Also, he’s chosen (like some other 500 young Germans) to return to the ancient Journeyman traditions. He wears his tradition shirt, hat and waistcoat. Also, he’ll “journey” – that is, leave his hometown for 3 years and 1 day, travel from town to town to earn his living, and never stay in one place for more than 3 months. At the end of that time, he may return home and finally hang out his “Master Craftsman” sign.

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