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Art, fine art, and utter messes....

H Bruce McCrory
****** I hope this causes no confusion, or hate. ********

One of the overriding reasons a machine tool builder swaps tools and moves to hand tool woodwork is the hand workmanship. It's a difference in character, style maybe, or error. If he is looking to relax from accuracy, good luck.

Even if you can define machine and hand work of the same thing as fine art, there is definitely a difference when you look for art.

People have an innate capacity for recognizing art. Some more than others. Discerning eyes can push the criteria. I know some craftsmen who added hand tool flaws; and some renderers who splashed more color onto printed renderings. All in the effort to reacquire a handwork authenticity. That don't work, buddy. Keep pounding the finished surface with keys, screws and sand. You may succeed in developing a different style of Ikea.

Likewise, handwork perfection is where murder and mayhem reign in a critique. I once mentioned that Follansbee's work was primative-like. Meaning it did not obsess over perfection. [He says it too, so don't hit me. How many times does he say, "good enough", or similar.] It's an eyeball and few fingers world for him. I don't recall seeing him applying veneers. Much of the contemporary furniture craft was veneer, glaze, and metal sheet--terms I can't recall.

Some of the precession amateurs go to in hand woodwork, even machine, is a competitive response to CNC precision (accuracy?). A big mistake, generally.

Right now, I see solid wood replace veneer in vanity furniture. (Not bedroom vanities.) Maybe, it can be salvaged for a future style. Hide glue will help in that endeavor.

Addendum:
I used to do hand rendered drawings in my architectural work. I rendered occasionally throughout my design career, but there were pros who did snappy, stylish work in computer rendering. Then, I did some late in my game, and the f##g client started asking for more "originals". After a couple more, I learned the turds were framing and hanging the things; or, giving them to presiding land use officials. Everyone got a machine copy thereafter.

The moral of this diversion is the hand work was completely fresh to a new generation that was tired of the same old machine craft style. And, my work was not art. I have no framed pieces. Probably, no saved copies....

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Art, fine art, and utter messes....
I agree with what you say...however....
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Re: Peter Follansbee... *LINK*
You missed the point
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Beauty is as beauty does (in my case)
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my experience with the schools..
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I don't buy it...
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My situation was unique I think...
Is there a psychologist in the house?
The outer frame; the border. *NM*
Thanks for playing, Wiley :) *NM*
I don't think it matters...
The kids...
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I'm waiting for...
Correct.
Where to start a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle...
Where do you start a 1000-piece puzzle?
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said better than I did *NM*
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I don't do a lot of dovetails...
You provided some sage advice *PIC*
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I did my first ones in oak... *PIC*
just read bill's later post..
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