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Re: What makes the "handtool" look? Mistakes?

TomD
Until quite recently, all work was done with hand tools and therefore the built environment look was a hand tool look. Machines have taken over most tasks, so the built environment is now mostly machine made, but still largely based on forms from a hand built time. It is dead simple to find masses of furniture styles that were conceived in a hand tool time, and are not made by machines today. The only thing is that they tend not to be the current taste in furnishings. Further, often the kind of people who like the hand tool thing, have even simpler tastes than the norm. Also, machines drove an oversimplification in style, both through their capabilities, but also by driving various ideas of perfection into the culture. These ideas show up in stuff like ideas about dwellings being "machines to live in". And the idea that machines should be ugly an utilitarian, which took about 100 years to filter into society.

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1) Rustic. things like Windsor chairs where handwork is a product of the efficient building style. I would say I have never used a perfected machine made chair that didn't fall apart. One does stop looking after a while. I bought several Windsors for 25 bucks that are machine made and overly heavy, and very durable. And I was given a beautiful windsor, that fell apart. But only hand made chairs seem to survive.

2) The ornate. Highly carved pieces are impossible to produce with today's technology. There isn't a sufficient market to make the very best furniture by machine. Furniture is mostly a subtractive technology. Complex products like paintings, can be "printed" with modern machines, but carving is tough.

3) Find a vernacular for simplified forms that reveal that they are made by hand. I don't know of anyone that successfully does this, but the components can be assembled, and one could try and Haiku the parts into a whole. Faceted rounds and rippling flats.

At the end of the day, tools are a means to an end. Some end users seem to like the idea that things were hand made, though one wonders if that isn't dying off to some extent, and what it really means when almost anything can be called hand made, even CNC :).

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What makes the "handtool" look?
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