In our previous post we talked about how the Computer has taken a lead role in the production of bespoke furniture. It is true to say however that technology will always need to be accompanied by a hand finish at some point if our pieces are to remain a craft. The importance of the human touch should not be underestimated in producing a fine finish and there is no better example than the smoothing plane.
I purchased mine in 1986 and I still use it today, it’s as good as it has ever been. There is no better tool to perfectly flush faces even though I do see many reach for the sander a little too readily. We expect to take on an apprentice this year and I am mindful that we must ensure these skills which are still relevant are passed on to future generations.
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