Silver Spring, MD, US
What a strange thought: using jigs is cheating. There are many a time part of a design includes the jigs needed. Not only because I want to make my life easier, but also because the jig becomes essential to achieving a cut I am after.
A good design should both be pleasing to the eye and at the same provoke a sense of mystery as to how it was done. This second point should not dominate, but act as secondary effect to pull the viewer in. And this is where the use of jigs become integral to the design. Done right, the jigs become the scaffolding that once removed, allows to the craftsman to appear as a magician and the audience left to enjoy the riddle.
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