The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Woodworking in the 1940's

Independence Day holidays, in whatever country they occur, are frequently nostalgic occasions to look back on the greatness of a county's past. And while we tend to reflect first on military histories, our independence is linked as strongly to our accomplishments in industry and application of our common work ethic. Here's a great old video about woodworking as it was conducted in the 1940's. As you watch the film, you'll notice how much woodworking processes, and the labor they required, have changed in the past 70 years. But as you do so, listen to the narrator's comments on the challenges in the industry, and you may notice that in many ways, the wood industry still faces the same challenges...employee development and availability, response to market preferences and demands, and technology advances.


In the next post, I'll share with you one of the great products produced in this era by wood workers and designers.


Barbara Donnelly said...

I really enjoyed this video. Thank you for sharing!

cheap power tools said...

I mean if you look closely many trends came from the era of 1940, 1930's etc. Still very unique. I like the video mate.

Ron White said...

The video was great. Thanks for posting.