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Posted on Paul Sellers push for a return to traditional woodworking skills

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#1 posted 10-06-2016 12:25 AM

Sellers appears to have arbitrarily chosen the 1750’s to the 1850’s as the only period in time in which real woodworking was done. To me, that doesn’t make sense. Before steel there was iron tools. Before iron there was bronze tools. Before bronze there was flint and other stone tools. Woodworking was accomplished during all these periods. Why not master woodworking as it was in the bronze age or the stone age instead? Wouldn’t that be even better? It older isn’t better, then why not choose a time period from which to learn woodworking in which things are easier and faster?

I can respect someone who wants to master the historic tools and methods of woodworking for their own satisfaction, but to imply that power tools can’t be part of “real” woodworking is just absurd.


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