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I became involved in another thread (Anyone Ever Use PLastic Lumber). An interesting point was raised about being a "purist".

What does it mean to be a purist? Do you consider yourself a purist? Does being a purist mean that you have reached an elite level of craftsmanship, or does it mean that you fail to embrace new technologies? In it's most absolute interpretation to be a purist, you should be living in the woods, chopping trees with selfmade tools. Or is a purist more of a relative interpretation. Can you cut dovetails with a router and consider yourself a purist? How about using screws? Polyurethane?
 

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Hmmmm, Charlie. Applies to more than woodwork. i.e. I'm banned from the kitchen.
 

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Main Entry: pur·ist
Pronunciation: \ˈpyu̇r-ist\
Function: noun
Date: circa 1706
: a person who adheres strictly and often excessively to a tradition; especially : one preoccupied with the purity of a language and its protection from the use of foreign or altered forms

As it relates to woodworking my understanding of a Purist is someone that works exclusively with hand tools.
 

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""As it relates to woodworking my understanding of a Purist is someone that works exclusively with hand tools.""

But a purist's purist would demand the hand tools also be made by hand…:)
 

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I don't cotton to that new-fangled Star Trek-style transporter technology where you just "beam away" any wood you don't want, so that makes me a power-tool purist.
 

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I think of a purist as someone who, while using power tools, uses traditional methods of joinery, such as mortise and tennon and dovetails instead of pocket screws and staples; Someone who uses real wood rather than plywood for the backs and panels; and has the knowledge and tendency to use several types of handtools before a project is finished.
 

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A purist is a person who operates or proceeds in a manner in such a way that they follow there best understanding of a given subject in a most absolute or exacting way.
 
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