I know that this is probably a silly question, but what exactly is a pattern maker? I understand it is some kind of advanced woodworker but beyond that I don’t know.
Maybe it is someone who makes the first copy of a piece of furniture that is going to be mass produced? The first version then becomes the “pattern” for the rest? The main skill of a pattern maker would be the ability to create a piece of complicated furniture that can be built as simply as possible?