Historic Woodworker Videos #27: Furniture's Race to the Bottom

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Blog entry by Hoosierwoodcraft posted 01-09-2015 09:05 PM 1802 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This video attempts to capture the furniture building traditions in three eras: 1880s in Grand Rapids, Michigan; 1940s in Barrett, North Carolina; and 2010s in Longjiana, China. The video tracks a slow decline in craftsmanship, integrity, and pride, so wooden furniture is now classified as “household goods” – destined for a trash-can in ten years; and corporate responsibility is limited to a satisfied stock holder.

If you are blessed with a successful woodworking studio, teach your fellow citizens about your craft, its role in your community, and how you maintain woodworking standards

The video can be found at

-- Thanks to the Wood Spirit, Tom

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 06:10 PM

Wow. What segment of the market now wants quality hand made furnture.

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