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Reply to: Is Anything Done by Hand?
<blockquote><strong class="quote">Greg Goodman wrote:</strong><p>OK. I apologize for starting this discussion off with a reading. It is a question I'd like to throw around with anyone interested however.</p> <p>Since we will have access to a very capable CNC machine later this year, the question of whether something is made using the "workmanship of risk" or "certainty" is on my mind. The attached photos, for example, show a sculptural guitarist's stool that I have made for many years. It requires a great many hours of shaping, smoothing sanding and finishing. It is difficult to charge enough to cover the time invested in this piece. It is also subject to potentially catastrophic stresses during the assembly process. You can see in the second photo where I had to make a repair. This stool will be sold as a second as a result.</p> <p>If I have the CNC create a reliable, predictable set of parts for this piece that allows me to spend less time on construction and risk less during assembly, am I still selling an original handmade piece? The CNC will permit me to lower my overhead costs and reduce the price. Is that a good thing? Is it inevitable that I have to lower my price or should I reserve some furniture pieces as truly handmade and price in the associated time and risk?<br></p></blockquote><br>
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