Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Cabinetmaker’s Success

“…a cabinetmaker’s success depended on many variables such as his available capital, labor force, suppliers, and access to markets. More fundamentally, he needed training, skill, and creative intuition to be able to conceive, replicate, or adapt designs to his particular intentions and to translate them into finished objects using his available materials and technology. In particular, he needed intimate knowledge of the physical characteristics and woodworking properties of the entire repertoire of woods available to him… In selecting wood for a particular purpose, he had to confirm its soundness (avoiding rotten areas, knots, or other imperfections), determine the direction of its grain, and evaluate the potential structural effects of its natural movement. Any miscalculation could undermine the integrity and attractiveness of his finished product.”


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