I just recieved an email from Popular woodworking, advertising Woodpeckers precision rules and stops.
Precision that makes me wonder aloud.
As much as i love tools and am a tool junkie i could not help but think of being reminded of how wood moves. Just the other day Drew posted in the spinny section the images of movement on his bowl.
Seems to me the tool manufacturing industry would like to get us to think like a bunch of metal machinists with precision approaching that used in the manufacture of militrary hardware when we make up a set of draws or some other project for our hobby.
Dont you think our woodworking forefathers would think of us as sissys given our digital this gauge and fine precision rulers and precision adjustable router tables when they worked with their hands, head and relied on their skill to do woodworking.
Whats the point of measuring to such precision when one is going to have to make allowance for the movement anyhow. Are we not starting to go a little overboard.
Great woodworkers like Sam Maloof surely did not produce works of art with a digital gauge or precision rule finely etched in anodized aluminum.
Are we loosing it ?????