I guess I’ve known it for a while because of being involved in woodworking for over 40 years and watching it’s ‘advancement’. BUT I don’t like what I see…. The future of those with craftsman skills in this area is very much at a chance of becoming extinct. This past weekend the Science Channel ran a marathon of probably over a couple hundred episodes. I watched intently becuase I figure you can never learn too much, but I really sat up and listened when they had something wood related…mostly furniture. Looks like the mass CNC type machines are taking over. Be it chairs, tables, or even grandfather clocks, the human touch is becoming less and less. The most I saw human touch was just before final assembly … the piece may have to go through some hand sanding before the finish was put on. The finish may or may not be done by hand…but usually done by a robotic system. How sad. I, as well as probably all of you reading this, take great pride in our hand made items. Whether it’s a samll craft or something as big as a grandfather clock. Men like Sam Maloof kept us in awe with his handmade chairs, of which, no two would ever be alike. As wood workers of the old style school, we must instill in the up coming generations, a need, no a necessity to keep this handmade craft alive. Take your sons, daughters, and grandkids out into the shop to see what you’re doing. Let them get their hands ‘dirty’ even if it’s something as simple as a birdhouse. What a waste to let this skill just slowly become extinct.