What is your view of the source of the increase we see in "artisan" work ?
Part of me thinks its always been there but not had a means to get the word out, another part of me thinks its a function of the fact that with not that many dollars one can setup shop and turn out some unique product if one has the desire and passion.
I do think the more we faced with the virtual world at work the more we want to get our hands on something tactile. That is how i feel. Its real when you use your hands to make something regardless of how well you manage to pull it off.
We should have a thread where we link to as many artisans sites as possible to give them a bit of exposure to others, may serve as inspiration to others yet that are flapping wings in anticipation of going solo.
I have wondered how much something like Youtube has contributed to getting many going given the removal of the knowledge barrier.
So check out this guy i came across when looking at info myself for improving a sandblasting cabinet.
This guy is making Pipes, yeah i know for some smoking is a no no and i am not advocating for it, I do admire the workmanship and artistry this guy has put into the making of them.
He has a whole channel of videos he has uploaded.
Check out images of his pipes here
Some of them he sandblasts the side of the pipe to show off the grain lines.
Oh and stealth gloat i picked up a small benchtop sandblasting cabinet ( here we seem to call it abrasive cabinet) locally on a sale
I have in mind to try cutting a pattern on my vinyl cutter and using it as a stick down template to see how it transfers to wood. Should be a fun experiment. Wife wonders if it will ever end. Told her i was nuts when she married me.