In response to Dr. Savage’s posting on my “Calla Lily”, I replied:
You’re so right, Doc. With CNC machines getting so popular these days, we are seeing more and more woodwork done on the CNC that are far from hand-made. I think that is dishonest. What should be considered CNC or machine made? IMHO, anything that can be made by just turning on a piece of equipment (and I understand that it takes certain skill/knowledge to program a CNC machine), walk away and let the machine do the work should be put in a different category from hand-made wood working. I am not opposed to using certain power equipment, as long as the user must maintain absolute hand control during the process such as angle grinders, power chisels, HS power carving units that take as much control and concentration in their use should be okay. I use them to quickly remove waste wood so I can start carving. I probably won’t make any friends with this comment, but that is the way I feel about using CNC, laser, router duplicators for wood working. I think LJ should set up a different category to accommodate CNC users without hurting those who take pride in making them by hand – the old fashion way.
Before CNC users get all bent out of shape, I do agree that there is a place in wood working using CNC and other automated equipment. I am saying that users should be up front in stating that they are machine (CNC) made and not hand-made. It makes a significant difference in pricing and value, again IMHO.
Responses, pro or con are welcome.
-- Paul - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.