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.