TRADITIONAL METHODS OF FURNITURE MAKING
Till the turn of the last century, most people simply hired carpenters to make furniture. Both client and craftsmen put their heads together and came up with simple designs to suit their needs. Rough sketches on notepaper served as ‘blue prints’ and ‘drawings’. Then came the gruelling process of making. Artisans cut, sawed and hammered away for days, sometimes weeks. The house was strewn with sheets of plywood, laminates, glue, polish, thinners, veneer… along with tools. Sawdust, wood shavings, metal powder was everywhere. The bang-bang of hammers, whoosh-whoosh of planes and the ear-splitting whine of grinders and drills made life miserable for the client AND the neighbours. Incidents of cuts and bruises due to nails, screws and sharp tools were common.
The result at the end of this ordeal was a product that was rigid and non-dismantle able. They were heavy, permanent structures that needed Herculean strength to move around. And when they had run their course, they simply had to be discarded as junk.