I agree Dan, a trade show is the wrong venue for custom furniture makers.
"THE RAIN-MAN COMETH"
That is the impression that I get reading your blogs.
What’s next a metallic oxide ceramic nanoparticle blade with self sharpening attributes, incased in a all titanium body with an embedded Gold American Eagle?
Pretty Good Woodworking…. A semi narcissistic woodworking magazine……
it might work.
>And I'll tell you about the other benefits of being published, such as building up your brand name for a future teaching career.<
It has appeared to me that over the past few years many professional woodworkers have entered into the realm of teaching and opening their own schools, a sign of the future of the professional woodworker. Is this what’s driving the world of woodworking today?
My first saw was a radial arm saw, true it wasn’t prefect. It used to scare the heck out of me when I ripped long pieces of wood, and then there was the climb cut effect when cross cutting, pulling the blade toward you, it some times stalled out on hardwoods. About 25 year after I bought the thing I got a recall notice from the manufacture, I contacted them and they sent me a box of equipment to upgrade and make it safer. After I installed the stuff I had to push the blade into the wood on cross cuts instead of pulling. Now that makes sense, but why did it take 25 years to come up with a fix? But on the other hand it reduced the size of board I could cross cut. Another feature I thought was cool is that one could convert the machine into an over arm router, the door panels on my first cabinet were shaped on that thing. Looking back it was the only saw I could afford at the time and Sears was the only place in town to buy one, so. Lets face it the radial arm saw had its place in woodworking history and at the time it had all the bells and whistles we thought we needed. So I don’t discount it but look back at the time as the beginning steps of my woodworking evolution. It may have not been the safest and the most accurate saw but I sure did build a lot of things with it. Am I a better woodworker because of it? Maybe, I sure did learn to keep my fingers out of the way of that monster.
I believe that the Greene brothers would have incorporated them in the production of their furniture, as well as the Shakers. But then again woodworkers usually don’t purchase other woodworkers items so this question should be asked to the purchasers. It would be interesting to ask a client if it made a difference to them if such a device be used in their custom made product, if they know what it is they may ask for a cheaper price tag unless marketing such a device as an ‘advantage to’ or a’ value added service’ (I hate that term) to their end product. But I don’t know of anyone to ask such a question. As for as personal use, yes if I had the money and the room to set up a CNC and as long as I got to keep all my other tools.
An elderly gentleman once told me 'romance sells’, it doesn't matter what one used to build things it was how the client perceived its making that counted.
The media has power over the effects of such things, but history always has the last word. As for my experiences when I would mention such names as Maloof and Krenov to non woodworkers the response would be “who?” and when I showed examples of their furniture I would get silence from most. But showing them pieces of furniture from the valued price Chinese stores would by their own admission define this as the style of the times.
I try not to define such things but hold personally to what has influenced my interests over the years. I admire both masters’ works and have built in their styles, I would enjoy knowing that in some future time they were chosen as the ones who styles has been defined for our times. But to try to define such things is like attempting to predict next year’s economy.
These past few years have curved my ‘wants’ to ‘appreciation’ for what I have. But what I need isn’t on your lists and that is a bigger shop.
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