When Did Taste Go Out Of Style? – 360w360 E.188

A perfect example of a dumbed-down cabriole leg.

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, because we know you didn’t get enough, the 360 guys discuss why quality has been sacrificed for quantity.

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In an overall sense, general knowledge of, and appreciation for items of quality is being lost. The primary reason is profitability. This is true whether those profits go in your pocket as a consumer who has purchased something at a “bargain” price or to the manufacturer that produced it at a cost that still makes them obscene amounts of profit, even at that “bargain” price. As a society, we simply are not educated enough about the products we buy to know what is good in terms of design and/or quality. If woodworking, as a profession and a hobby, is in decline, this is the primary reason.

The leg featured in this post is a perfect example of a leg that lacks the proper proportions, style and details. The shell is too small for the knee, while the over-exaggerated ball & claw foot is too large. The leg lacks the proper curvaceousness and is rounded off, obliterating any definition.



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3 thoughts on “When Did Taste Go Out Of Style? – 360w360 E.188

  1. Valid points, all.

  2. I remember being taught that machining guns and gun parts during our Civil War saved so much money and allowed rebuilding damaged guns that individually made guns simply left the marketplace. I remember learning that our going to mass production in the late 1800s put large numbers of workers out of business. I recall when complying with ISO standards went from a big deal to a necessity.

    In all cases individuality disappears.

  3. Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.

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