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richgreer

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 09:03 PM

Any effort to define the best has to be very subjective.

I personally know a guy who is extremely artistic in what he designs and builds. His workmanship is very good but would probably not qualify as “the best”. His artistic talent may qualify his as “the best”. Are we talking about great joints or great artistry?

I have great admiration for the old woodworkers who did such great work with virtually nothing but hand tools – often hand made hand tools. Does the state of the tools they had to work with figure into the decision?

Some woodworkers have access to and work with some incredibly beautiful pieces of wood. Others, work with more basic stock. Does the quality of the wood factor into this decision?

Do you only consider one or two exceptional pieces or do you consider their work in total?

How do you compare a complex piece of furniture (a complex desk for example) and an impressive turning?

My point is that this is very subjective and everyone will have their opinions.

Despite all my babbling – the woodworker I admire the most is Sam Maloof.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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