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Posted on $5,000....for a stationary box.

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#1 posted 09-28-2009 03:34 PM

I’ll be the first one to admit that the level of craftsmanship in this box far exceeds my abilities. Having said that, I can’t imagine that a woodworker of this level spent 400 hours on this box. 40? Maybe.

I guess at some point the line between art and craftsmanship becomes blurred. When a painter or sculptor develops a certain reputation, collectors eagerly shell out thousands for something that may have only taken the artist a few hours to complete. Does this piece qualift as art? That is a question which can only be answered by a potential buyer. Personally, I don’t see enough creativity in this box for me to call it art. I have seen numerous projects posted here on LJ which I do consider works of art. Many of those are not as technically well-built as this piece, but the builder has created a unique vision and brought that vision to life. For me, that is art.

If this guy can ask for $5k and get it, more power to him. But in my opinion it doesn’t make the leap to ”artwork” status, even though it is a fine example of fantastic craftsmanship. The only part that bothers me about the asking price is my suspicion that the builder is misrepresenting the amount of time put into the project.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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