If you simply stop and think about the evolution of woodworking, and woodworking tools, it's apparent to me that the early craftsman were interested in making each task as easy as possible. Were they truly committed to simply using hand tools we wouldn't have seen the evolution of the lathe, scroll saws, table saws, molder/planers, etc. That being said it's still a 'craft' to produce a fine piece of furniture. Granted modern machinery has enabled the mass production of furniture but it's also allowed craftsman to produce amazing 'one-of-a-kind' pieces. It's strictly a manner of personal choice as to what degree modern jigs and machinery are employed.
I personally enjoyed the preview. I think only time will tell as to how successful the show is and how well it 'connects' with the viewers. I don't know much about Tommy but I'm willing to give him a chance. To expect the show to find the perfect balance in a few episodes is asking a lot. Confidence can sometimes be viewed as conceit and we've all grown accustomed to Norm's New England personality. I don't get the initial impression that Tommy is looking to shine the spotlight on himself, and hopefully I'm right. We're a tough audience in that we want to learn, we aspire to do fine furniture, but don't want to be talked down to in the process. If he shows he's human too, and makes mistakes, he'll be more readily accepted. If, however, he comes across as almost mistake-proof he'll alienate a segment of the viewers. I think part of the arrogance issue comes from a combination of his age and his acknowledgement that he's only been doing woodworking for 10 years. That, I'm sure, hits a number of people the wrong way.
Here's another example of what's wrong with this country. Another individual not taking personal responsibility for his actions and a jury treating the legal system like the lottery. I'm betting that the members of this jury are the same ones that are complaining about the high costs of insurance, whether it be healthcare, auto, or any other. People wonder why things are so expensive but when you have to factor decisions like this into the cost of your products and doing business it's a no-brainer. The technology is out there but apparently whoever purchased the saw didn't think it was worth the extra cost. So therefore, Ryobi is to blame? We as consumers make choices every day as to what features we're willing to pay for and what risks we're willing to accept when buying a product, whether it be a power tool, auto, or anything else. Quality and safety features come at a cost. If there was an inherent flaw in the design of the product then they should be held liable, but I'm sure that wasn't the case. I hope this verdict gets overturned on appeal, if possible. If I were the judge in the case I would've set aside the verdict. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! And let the ambulance chasers get some honest work.
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