A Step Forwards or Backwards


“Helped by the increasing use of machinery, which made short work of complicated curves and serpentines, (Edward Barnsley’s) work became the last word in cabinetmaking skills, surpassing that of any previous century, and it found a ready appreciation amongst a growing clientele and an interested public.

“Only time will tell if this switch in emphasis in mid-stream was a step forwards or backwards.”

— Alan Peters, “Cabinetmaking: The Professional Approach, 2nd Edition” (Linden, 2009)

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2 Responses to A Step Forwards or Backwards

  1. Alvin says:

    I find that learning how to use handtools (correctly) teaches you when to use a machine and when not to. If that makes any sort of sense.

    • miathet says:

      I find this to be very true. Every time I get better with my hand tool skills when I return to use the power tools I am much better and quicker.

      I’m glad I’m not the only one.

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