I’d like to recommend a fascinating book I picked up at the library last week: Old Ways of Working Wood, by Alex W. Bealer. The author clearly states his position on modern woodworking in the opening chapter:
”The machine, not the craftsman, dominates woodworking today. The result has been an artistic tragedy.”
Those are some pretty strong statements. Are we, as power tool enthusiasts fooling ourselves into believing that we are actually creative, let alone artistic? Are we merely button pushers and no longer craftsmen? Sadly, as a confirmed power tool user, I agree with Bealer — to a point.
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