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Re: Spalt Your Own Lumber: Dissecting the Colored Molds

Well it seems like quite a fun process. I think that the levels of uncertainty is what is appealing to me. Because even when adding the spores myself I can't be sure of what I'm going to get, right?

Thanks for all the info so far!

Re: Spalt Your Own Lumber: Dissecting the Colored Molds

I may be a little sheltered when it comes to the various types of woodworking in that I have truly never heard of doing anything like this. However, it seems really interesting to me. So my question is, how do you get wood with the mold on it? Merely luck of what you find or do you grow the mold on the wood?

Re: Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

From the comments I've read it seems that this blog group has come to the conclusion that using a CNC machine for fine woodworking is still fine woodworking, and I do not disagree. I like technology, it can make our jobs much easier and cost efficient. However, I think that fine woodworking does lose some of it's value when it's done with a CNC machine. It takes years of practice to master a skill such as fine woodworking. Although it may take years to master the software in the CNC machine or the imagination of fine woodworking, it's not the same as mastering fine woodworking.

I remember when I was a kid at convention in North Carolina I saw this man carving very impressive bowls, spoons, and other kitchen utensils by hand. I remember thinking how cool it would be to do that myself and now almost 20 years later I still wouldn't be able to make something as precise as he did by hand, but I could most likely program a CNC machine to do it.

So I think that when someone that can't do it by hand can do it by computer/machine it loses value overall. Not all value is lost because it is most likely more impressive when done by machine than when done by hand, but a little bit of value is lost when the machine does it rather than your hand.

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