Ep. 3 of 60 With 360 WoodWorking – Are We Artists or Craftsmen?

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In this episode of 60 with 360WoodWorking, the 360 guys talk about whether woodworking and furniture making can be considered art or not. Are you an artist or a craftsman? And is there a difference?

Join the guys twice each month for 60 lively minutes of discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more). Chuck & Glen, and sometimes a surprise guest, all have their own opinions. Sometimes they agree and sometimes they don’t, but the conversation is always information packed and lots of fun.

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Below you’ll find time-codes for each segment of the show. Listen all at once, or in small bites.

  • Art versus Craft

    • 0:24 – The guys square off on whether they are artists or artisans.
  • Craftsman versus artist and pro versus hobbyist

    • 4:56 – What separates a pro from a hobbyist and are they the same things that separate an artist and an artisan?
  • If not an artist, what?

    • 20:53 – It’s about pushing boundaries.
  • Are you limited by your tools?

    • 32:29 – Whether you lean toward corded tools or not, are you held back by your conceptions about what constitutes good work?
  • Skill Builder

    • 52:15 – Learn to stretch yourself.


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One thought on “Ep. 3 of 60 With 360 WoodWorking – Are We Artists or Craftsmen?

  1. Interesting discussion. Where I’d disagree is that art is being too narrowly defined. The dictionary includes this phrase: “producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”
    When someone buys a $15,000 rocking chair, I don’t think the primary motivation is to have something to sit on. The maker might think himself a craftsman, but his clients think otherwise.
    I’d also keep in mind that if I make a chair that I want people primarily to enjoy for beauty, that might define me as an artist, but I might be a mediocre artist. 😉

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