Re: Charcoal Prints

From: Pam Niedermayer ^lt;>
Date: 03/07/04-05:57:04 PM Z
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I take it back, we do disagree; but only to the extent that your
definition of the benefits of hand-made just does not go far enough. In
short, it's not just the labor involved nor the uniqueness of a piece.

The kind of precision you mention means nothing when dealing with wood
that moves a lot as humidity levels vary; however it's fine when dealing
with fake wood/wood products that for the most part don't move. Besides,
it's not the precision I'm talking about, nor the lack of precision,
it's all about quality joinery for pieces that last centuries, and are
built to accommodate that movement. Dowels into round holes are not
quality joints. High quality is just not done in manufactured furniture,
regardless of the price; and the reason it's not done is that quality
joinery does not lend itself to machine processing, of whatever
precision. Think about this when your kitchen cabinet doors fall apart
or when that spiffy, expensive new entertainment center falls apart
before your eyes, from moisture seeping into the wood product edges or
the stub tenon in cope and stick joinery used for the door panels or ...

I don't know of another Pam Niedermayer. We don't know each other. Must
have been someone else.


Richard Sullivan wrote:

> I have done some amount of fine woodworking. I am no expert however. I
> won't disagree that hand cut joints are superior. But I would say it
> is for the reason that they are not as precise as machine cut ones.
> True, working with a hand router and a Leigh dovetail may not be a
> precise as a mallet a hand chisel job though I find it hard to believe
> that anyone by hand could come as precise as using a jig, but just
> maybe. There are fancy machines that are precise to the 10,000th of an
> inch and that is hard to beat.
> ...
> It is precisely for the fact that the handmade is not as precise as
> the machine made and the fact that the imperfections generated in the
> handmade product seem not to be as onerous as those generated by
> machine. In fact it is the subtle differences in the arms of a
> handmade rocker that project it beauty. When your inkjet printer goes
> on the fritz, even for one moment, the errors are usually glaring.
> BTW are you the same Pam Niedermyer that I knew at CamerVision back in
> the 80's. I recall seeing a studio showing of someone's work with a
> similar name years ago. In an area south of LA? memory is the first to
> go.
> ...
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