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Verisimilitude
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How much time saved? ()

TM Stock
I get what Bill's saying - verisimilitude in craft is more than just the outward appearance of the crafted object. It's one thing to attend Mr. Headley's lecture on time-saving methods employed by the Hay shop's master and staff, and another when hands, eye, and noggin all seem to connect with near-audible 'ah hah!'

By itself, saving time seems like the poorest of reasons for employing a specific technique where the artisan is solely compensated for his or her efforts by a heightened enjoyment of those moments stolen from other pursuits or duties. Within the context of making a period piece by hand, however, I can see Bill's rationale as better satisfying his desire to slip back into a 17th or 18th century cabinetmaker's shop for those few fractions of hours.

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