Slaughter, LA, US

Instrumentation technician practicing wood for 30+ yrs. Interested in inventing novel tools and techniques for precision fitting.

Recent comments

Re: Is Digital Manufacturing a Friend or a Foe?

As an afterthought after reading a lot of comments like my own, the real question should be," What will become of all this technology after the greed of the capitalist manufacturer finds a way to cut down the last virgin tree for duplicate cheap woodwork, and forests are being grown strictly for paper because the populous is putting so much stress on the little land left available for timber?" Will that mean that all the work put forth in technology was for naught because it met its match at the end? What's really the sad thought is the skills learned by hand and passed down to willing apprentices will no longer be known because those apprentices had no one to teach after the skills were killed by technology. Make no mistake. Technology is here to stay and every day that goes by someone succeeds in eliminating another facet of our craft so that human labor and liability is eliminated.
I'm close to retirement in another field and have been doing woodworking as a hobby for over 30 yrs. I plan to make furniture until I die for my children to have and use and pass to their children so my descendants may have a small example of what was once a beloved pastime and revered skill, if that value still exists.

Re: Is Digital Manufacturing a Friend or a Foe?

Very good article about a very big question. The answer depends on the individual's situation.
If I were in the furniture making business as a profession, I would find it hard to spend the time to ponder the thoughts provoked by this article in leu of striving to be the one taking that next step in technology. In this case, let it be a warning for those still trying to eek out a living in yesterday's world and encouragement to those over the hill, too old to invest in anything long term who enjoy Fine WoodWorking.
The pinchout is going to occur when the world's population demand for wood is far outweighed by the production of it in a one economy world.
Bottom line: Demand quality standards of all furniture produced so that it can be passed on instead of disposed of. Doesn't really matter how it's produced, let the best man win. The only other alternative is mandatory population control, which will inevitably raise the need for handmade.

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking's Tables and Chairs

On a semi-fixed income being eaten up by rising costs, building a table and chair set to match a china cabinet for my grand daughter would be an everlasting accomplishment. I have a host of neat one-of-a-kind tios this engineer would love to share with fellow woodworkers. If I don't win, maybe we can barter!

Re: A Dash of Workshop Inspiration for a Long Holiday Weekend

Excellent expose' of what real woodworkers do. To me, repairs are the final steps of craft mastery because you have to work by instinct in the art as it consumes you without regard to time.

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