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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 12-18-2013 10:48 PM 774 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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natenaaron

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12-18-2013 10:48 PM

I have seen a bunch of projects linked to prominent woodworkers who are no longer with us. I wonder if people would be making these links if those folks were around?

I have read:
Krenov style cabinet
Maloof style
Morris

The next thought is, if these folks were around, how do you think they would critique these items?

Just some random thoughts


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#1 posted 12-19-2013 12:00 AM

I say give credit where credit is due. If Stickley, or Morris, or Rodel inspired your work… say so.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 12:13 AM

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So I think they would be honored to be copied as long as credit is given.

-- Art

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 12:25 AM

Krenov was a teacher and author and had no problem with being imitated.
Maloof did many interviews where he said he wasn’t an artist, he was a woodworker. FWW did lots of Maloof-Style stuff while he was alive and he never complained.

And Morris wasn’t a woodworker, or an artist. He is just the guy who owned the factory where a guy named E. Colman came up with an idea, which someone else translated into a chair that was in turn stolen by Stickley and re-designed into the style we know today.

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 03:45 AM

Well Morris was an artist. He trained as a painter but that didn’t last too long. Here is one of his paintings.

I’m not sure what Morris would think. He would probably approve of many of the designs but as a lifelong Communist I think he might take some issue with what is essentially a bourgeois hobby. (if you do this professionally, that may be a different story).

-- James

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 08:20 PM

Thanks JADobson, I like a laff! The irony is, for all Morris’s Bolshi activities he was a successful Capitalist.

Your comment reminded me of a lively thread on a traditional Irish music site…” Have the middle classes ruined Irish Music? “

Back to the question, most projects I see give proper attribution to the original. The only problem might be someone forging an original signature and trying to collect the big dollars. The skills are certainly out there.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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