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Posted on What in your mind constitutes custom woodworking?

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#1 posted 06-26-2011 01:35 PM

I think that “custom” just like “handmade” is a term that doesn’t have meaning anymore.

At first it seems to mean “anything that isn’t mass produced as ‘one size fits all’” Something that has an element of personalization. But almost everything can be personalized these days,and with the computer aiding the end customer in many cases, the manufacturer doesn’t really ever even have to look at the customer’s design specs, just let the computer do the work. Think about internet sales. You can usually put your own artwork on it, you can customize the size, you can name your own color….

(and a quick note on “handmade” – things that are only assembled often get the “handmade” label. Then there’s the aforementioned CNC work. Is that really “handmade”? because to some it is, apparently. The word just doesn’t have much meaning).

I’d say that these days I take the more artistic approach, as mentioned above, and rather than create “handmade custom” pieces, I prefer to make things minimally by machine, and what I create is what I have to sell, and customization is never an option.

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