Master firewood maker
agreed. a beautiful and well made piece of furniture is worthy of the same praise without regard to whether the maker hand cut it or used machines.Where is the art in using a machine?
Race car driving, space shuttle driving and woodworking to name a few.
Doesn't have to be done by hand to be art.
If you did not use a chisel or mallet and just used your teeth for creating beautiful mortises, would that be even a higher art form? Ha.
No really, I know what your saying. Hand work is it's own reward. But I don't think anyone's work is less worthy of praise because they used power machinery to aid the construction.