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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 05:34 PM

To Roger’s point: I remember feeling disappointed when Ford in the ‘50’s came out with a model called the “custom.” They hijacked the term, I thought, but it did survive.

Darrell introduced an interesting scenario with his octagon tables with stashed parts. I would agree and call each one custom, but I could also understand someone saying if there’s any suggestion of multiples, it’s not. That would be a really literal interpretation which includes the craftsman hand fitting each part, one at a grim, glacial time.

Paul’s perspective is valuable as well. If I buy a plan for a Nutshell Pram and build it exactly per the pictures and paint it to match the client’s big boat, is it custom? I’m askin’....

I can be critical of nit picking historians and I hear myself becoming a nit picking linguist. Augh.

Still, a fascinating exploration. Thank you Chris.



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