The Artisan Process Woodworking Without Electricity
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Editor's note: You can pick up the Jim Tolpin's Classics Collection for a great price right now over at ShopWoodworking.com.When I approached the writing of Measure Twice, Cut Once-and especially later when developing The New Traditional Woodworker - I realized I needed to step back to a time when we woodwrights worked without electricity.
I needed to immerse myself in the era in which we produced furniture solely with the energy of our bodies and the abilities of our hands and eye to guide our tools.My learning process involved a combination of studying source literature (i.
e.books written prior to the twentieth century); reading expert's interpretations of these works (a call out to Chris Schwarz is more than appropriate here); and deep-diving into doing 'hand and eye' work myself.
It was this commitment to 'research through reenactment'-with careful attention to the context of the materials, tools and working environment of the artisans of that era-that handed me the key to truly understanding their processes.
The most profound realization that came to me over the course of this three-year quest was that I had to work in the context of survival as the primary imperative.Only then could I fully grasp what drove...