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#1 posted 01-04-2012 08:43 PM

I don’t follow Schwartz at all, haven’t read his books and in fact
no longer read any woodworking magazines. That said, before
automobiles and electricity, journeymen used to haul their
tools in a single chest from job to job so the work was portable.

Furthermore, carpentry was more a matter of timber framing
stuff back in the day, so the tools were taken to the work, not
vice versa. If you were a bodger you would go out in the woods
with your tools and make chairs where the trees are.

I got a look at a friend’s patternmaker’s bench at least 100 years
old. The thing was stocked with an incredible collection of
carving tools that just wouldn’t be accessible or sensibly stored
in anything but drawers close at hand.

If you want to trip-out on hand tool woodworking as some sort
of spiritual journey you are welcome to it. I’d recommend you
read James Krenov if you haven’t though – even though his
books are old now his approach to hand vs. machine tools
was balanced and practical. He neither obsessed about collecting
hand tools nor high-end machinery, but he did produce
beautiful, masterful work.

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