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Forum topic by clarksthandyman posted 09-11-2012 12:46 AM 788 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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clarksthandyman

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09-11-2012 12:46 AM

Rant….every time I see a member say they made a “simple box” or ” simple project ”. I think who are you to say something is simple. I guess I am a humble person and can not assume that something is simple for all.

Thoughts throw then at me…


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mtenterprises

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 12:53 AM

This is true.
MIKE

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Smallcrafter

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#2 posted 09-13-2012 01:06 AM

“Simple’ is a relative word. In woodworking, “simple” has been used to describe Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman furniture as opposed to the gaudy and over-decorated furniture coming out of the 19th century. Simplicity in form, function, and construction. Simplicity doesn’t need to show off decorations or complexities. Simplicity stands on its own two feet, doesn’t need any any outside help, and is a statement in and of itself. My goal is to make simple, practical and well-built Craftsman furniture and that will be a pursuit for the rest of my life.

-- 'The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.' - Chaucer

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 09-13-2012 01:22 AM

Smallcrafter: “Simple’ is a relative word. In woodworking, “simple” has been used to describe Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman furniture as opposed to the gaudy and over-decorated furniture coming out of the 19th century. Simplicity in form, function, and construction.

Indeed. Simplicity in this context is about ”... form, function, and construction…” of the piece/project and NOT about the talents of the individual builder or woodworker who built it per say. In other words, it is not meant to be a personal attribute of ones talents compared to anothers talents.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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MrRon

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#4 posted 09-13-2012 05:14 PM

“simple” can mean different things to different people, but in the context its used in woodworking, it means as other said here, plain and simple as opposed to gaudy and complex, not to mean; “any caveman can do it”.

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Tennessee

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#5 posted 09-13-2012 05:16 PM

The “Water on Wood” project I just posted would be called simple, but it was anything but simple to assemble and build!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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