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Posted on Are you a woodworker or a tool setter upper?

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reggiek

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#1 posted 06-11-2011 06:11 AM

Having had the experience of the purists and as a machine “setter upper” I do not see what the argument is? Using a machine – or using a handtool both require skill….a different skillset mind you…but a skill nonetheless. I enjoy using both…and my enjoyment is not lessened if I use a bandsaw to cut a curve then if I spend a bit of time with rasp and scrapers. I do this hobby for my own peace of mind anyway and I find that both methods satisfy me in this regard. This does not mean that a machine can take away the need for using my hand tools….or vice versa….I just try to get the best from both and I use both regularly.

I work the wood to see the beauty inside….I also enjoy the problem solving…the project coming to fruition as it takes shape….The sad thing now a days is the folks that do not have any knowledge of woodworking could not tell you the difference between a hand made/fitted joint…and a machine made/fitted joint – how many times have we seen discussions of comissioned work that a customer feels they do not get value from a crafted object versus a cheapo from the local bargain store?

This just means that the commercial woodworker would be out of business without powertools….or else be relegated to making specialty pieces for a small market…..There are true artists of both hand made items….and machine made items. For example….take a look at the American Wood Turner…..you could make these turned items by hand….but would they be any more beautiful?

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!


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