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Posted on What in your mind constitutes custom woodworking?

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 02:08 PM

My first inclination is to say that if the customer requests a blank, unfinished piece of wood cut to 5”x11” – that’s custom woodworking in it’s most elementary form. So I guess my first inclination is to go with Chris’s #2 scenario.

To me Chris’s #1 scenario expresses more of an artistic expression than a custom built object.
However, to some people it’s a custom built piece due to the fact that it is made individually and not as a factory run piece.

“Custom” can also mean simply that something is not factory built with every part exactly the same. But even we woodworkers may do multiples of something that may be a copy of our own original design. So are they “custom” pieces or is the project as a whole a “custom project”?

If I go back in time and have an encounter with some woodworker discussing the concept of “custom” will the price of eggs in Russia be effected in 2012?

My business card does say “Custom Woodworking by…” because I believe that communicates to the reader something about quality and originality made specificly to his/her needs.
When it all boils down, “custom” is in the eye of the paying customer.

-- Ray

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