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Handcrafted vs. Technologically Created Objects
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Recently, I was looking at additional learning opportunities for woodturning and I discovered the Marc Adams School of woodworking in Franklin, Indiana.  I thought this was a very interesting topic for miniaturists that are selling and collecting, and then wondered if there is a need to consider if an item is handcrafted when it was generated by 3D printer, or carved with a CNC router, or cut out with a laser.  While it is my opinion that using a band saw to create a piece of furniture is handcrafted,  If I were using a CNC router, I do not think of the resulting carving on an apron as handcrafted.  Certainly it is easy to see if something was lasered, but if something were cut with a waterjet I don't know if I would know the difference,  and I don't think an individual would know if a chair slat was carved with a digital CNC router, except that multiple items would be exactly the same. 

Craftsman Scott Grove gives a local Ted Talkx about artists responsibilities to disclose if it is handcrafted or not...

So where is your line in the sand?

 

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I think an expression that is being jumped all around would be hand assembled. If as suggested in the video, all the parts were spit out by a machine and then put together by hand, would it be considered hand made?  No, its would be hand assembled. Using hand tools, saws, drills, knives chisels, sticks or such to make something is still hand made. I believe it would be would be near impossible to make any thing with out some type of tool. If I added castings, photo etchings or any other automated method of producing parts then it would be hand crafted even if some of the parts were actually hand made.

 

Bill H.

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For me if software is involved in making portions of the item I am creating, then it was created by technology.  

I had my hexagons lasered for my Hexagon quilt, but the entire miniature quilt was assembled and quilted by hand.  NO machines involved, while my hexagon's were lasered, I still would consider this handcrafted.  Current hexagons available in the stores were too large for my project.  

For purposes of this discussion, I am purposefully overthinking - 

If I use a pin router and a pattern to create my chair slat back, is this still handcrafted because it is guided by my hands ?  Certainly if I use a jewelers saw and cut it out by hand, and then carve it with hand carving tools, it was handcrafted, but I used our planer to dimension the wood to the correct thickness.  Is it still handcrafted?  A purists would have used a hand planer to thickness the wood, and would be challenging for me.  I keep thinking of Roy Underhill as my standard for handcrafted miniatures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A pin routed piece is only as good as the jig you made by hand, it just helps you to duplicate parts and there are often lots of hand work that one still needs to do, so I still consider it handmade.

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