Originally Posted by furo
Exactly. That was my point about 3-5 pages ago. There is a difference in discussing the PROBABILITY of higher quality and INTRINSIC quality. The hand lasted shoe is of no higher quality intrinsically than the machine lasted shoe. If both are done correctly the results are equal.
I can't decide whether to put you on the block list or not. But I've never done that in the 20 (?) years I've been on the Internet and maybe, just maybe you really are
looking to understand...just in the most annoying abrasive manner possible....
Let me see if I can distill something that you may not have the perspective to understand (no offense) and maybe I don't have the language to convey... Any craftsman, any shoemaker worth his salt (theoretically even factory owners)...again, worth his salt
...will do everything in his power to anticipate problems and to forestall them. And any shoemaker worth his salt will ceaselessly try, discard, and ultimately choose among techniques and materials to obtain the best results. All this has to do with probabilities and potentialities and things unseen and unknown except through experience and intuition. But it is an attempt...always...to ensure the best possible
outcome and the best possible
product. It is also the difference between mediocrity and quality. Everything flows from that one, almost inchoate, impulse...the search for excellence, perhaps. If it doesn't exist in a person...in a shoemaker...nothing will be in balance. Stitches will be too far apart. Patterns and leather choices...and just the general level of refinement...will all seem one degree widdershins (Bengal-Stripe). Generally, that shoemaker will fall by the wayside. But sometimes they buy machines to cover the technical flaws and hire people to do the design work. And then it doesn't matter because in the end, the goal (job one) becomes making money and not making shoes. And the impulse to create the best...the search for excellence...is subsumed in the search for efficiency, marketability, and profit. I would ask that you think about this. I would ask that you consider the possibility that you don't have a frame of reference to understand it well enough to criticize it. I would ask you to accept the possibility that it is a valid point of view...perhaps the only
one that a craftsman can have and still survive. I would ask...even though I know it is too much too ask...that you reconsider everything I have written on this forum in that light.