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Technology and the Human Hand - Are We Losing Touch? - Part 3

23. July 2018 12:26

When you’re reading a trade magazine, attending a class, or watching a video, keep in mind that editors, school administrators, and hosts don’t necessarily have their 10,000-hour master craftsman background in the trade they represent. Running a magazine or managing a school doesn’t require master craftsmanship: they require master writers and master administrators. However, these institutions have a financial business model that validates the information they disseminate, or they wouldn’t stay in business.
 
By: Scott Grove, Furniture Designer: ScottGrove.com

I’m more concerned with online forums: I see popular YouTube sites that have a lot of subscribers, but hosts are demonstrating unsafe practices without acknowledging their lack of skill or giving a don’t-try-this-at-home warning. How does someone differentiate between a weekend warrior looking for 15 their minutes of fame and the sincere master who want to share quality information as well as make a living?
 
Don’t get me wrong: there are many schools, publications, and YouTubers that do a great job of teaching, like the colleagues on my upcoming panel discussion. The New England School of Architectural Woodworking, Marc Adams School of Woodworking, FDM+C, Fine Woodworking, Stumpy Nubbs, and Woodworking Guild of America are all top quality outlets. But how do you tell what is safe and what isn’t, when you’re just learning, too?
 
Please join me to discuss these and other questions with a panel of media experts: we’ll weed through all the information and get to the truth. Thursday, August 23rd from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Will Sampson, Editor, FDMC Magazine
Greg Larson, Director, New England School of Architectural Woodwork
Jim Hamilton, Author and Host, Stumpy Nubs Woodworking YouTube channel
George Vondriska, Host, Woodworkers Guild of America
 

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