How Craftsmen were made

I’ve never seen original footage until now shot back in 1912 on any type of woodworking before and I definitely want to share this with you.

I believe this is a school on chair making and upholstery, most probably an apprenticeship program of some sort.  They employ a bandsaw and spindle molder but the rest is done by hand, I particularly was struck by a clever clamping device they used to hold the leg.  This clamp will be in production in my shop very soon.  There is nothing in this video that doesn’t constitute hand work.  The training these young lads got are truly superior and I can imagine the joy and sense of fulfillment they had from producing chairs of such high calibre.  Now doesn’t this video put cnc “craftsman” to shame, it most certainly does!

If you want to bring back quality then stop buying their crap.

Enough rambling, break out the popcorn, sit back and enjoy.

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3 thoughts on “How Craftsmen were made

  1. Hi Salko
    “Ecole Boulle” is a very famous French school (near Paris) and still today a world reference in craftsmanship.
    They have programs from high school to PhD in marquetry, conservation, restoration, for museums etc. You name it!
    Take a look! http://www.ecole-boulle.org/
    W. Patrick Edwards was there as a student.
    A great place to start the craftsman journey! 🙂

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