My fatherinlaw and wifes grandfather were both pattern makers and the later owned his own small foundry.
Only knew the grandfather for a short time before he passed and I wasn't woodworking then.
Sure would have been interesting to go back in time and see them work.
I always worked for a living with metal. I know manual and CNC equally well .
There are times when manual is more efficient as in one off parts or machine repair
but I wouldn't want to go back strictly to the old ways.
Ha and yes it is the journey.
Last Saturday us guys drove 5hrs away to get a trailer full of mahogany hydrotek and okoume.
Somehow heh heh it turned into a 15 hr day
I think we are fooling our selves the days of our craftsmanship have gone. So what if we built a stagecoach 30 yrs ago or a replica of the grand stair case in titanic all the knowledge that we learned from so called the old timers who we are now nobody wants to work as hard as we did to make a name for themselves. There was a time when people with our experience were pursued and rewarded for our experience now they all want to work at burger kingHere is something to ponder:
Would the forefathers of woodworking laugh at us for trying to emulate them by trying to step back in time and copy their stuff while they were continually striving for a newer, easier and faster way to do things?
When I was an engineer we would always say "if the old ways are better, we would still be doing it that way." The word "we" meaning the bulk of the tradesmen, not any one individual.
I can understand the lure of the past, but I'm more about getting it done. I really enjoy my woodworking but I still want completion.
This sounds strange coming from me, the old sailboat guy that lived by the motto "It's not the destination, it's the journey"
What say you?
we all started at the bottom today nobody wants to start at the bottom. We know things that will die when we do. Today nobody wants handmade furniture. They want what will last them for a few yrs at best. We can rebuild old antique’s and make them look like they had never been damaged. We can make beautiful things from a log. But we can’t make people want our experience.
So many of us have made some of the most beautiful things only to have them destroyed for newer not better but newer. I’m afraid and I’m sure those of you who have spent a lifetime in this field will attest when we die it’s all over. While I’m sure all of us my age admired bob villa and those old belt drivin mills we will be seen the same way. As people who risked out fingers to table saws routers and nail guns as a waste.