Take heart kind sir.
I understand your cynicism and disappointment and the only thing I
can say that may really help is…the only constant is change. By
that I mean that my understanding of life is as a circle where all
things that begin come back around to the beginning, and then go
forward again to the end and back again.
Many of the replies to your post that have proceeded mine are
correct, at least in part. The consumer has been co-opted in our
times, and that does make it a little more difficult for the
beginning purist craftsperson, but CAD/CAM is to our generation as
the rolling mill was to our predecessors, just another new-fangles
invention that may catch on or may not, in part or in whole.
I make custom jewelry, mainly by hand for over 30 years now, but
when my laser welder is paid off I will probably buy into CAD/CAM.
Then something else, if I live that long. I guess I’m a sucker for a
Just another aspect of this…the crux of my business strategy is
that right now, there really isn’t a good craftsman on every corner
and as the world culture gets more impersonal and complicated the
human spirit will even more crave objects that help that spirit to
connect with others deeply…just happens to be my product!
It is naive to think, as one poster implied, that people or culture
will outgrow or evolve past that basic human need. I studied
anthropology in school, still do in my reading, and every known
culture has expressed that need to my knowledge. Correctly, not every
piece of jewelry need be handcrafted, in fact some designs really
deserve to be reproduced, but I’m pretty sure that there will always
be some demand for the finely crafted, handmade piece, for the unique
aspect if nothing else.
Meantime, connect with some learning institution, get to know some
kids and help them to understand you and your ways. They will laugh
at you, but you can laugh back and you both benefit. I speak from
experience on this.
Best regards to all…I’m leaving tomorrow for a mountaineering trip
with my son and will not be able to enjoy reading more responses to
this thread for a short week. Be interesting to see the additional
Quality & Integrity…Always!