Scott Grove says craftsmen may be lying to you
Scott Grove talking about craftsmanship at TEDx

Scott Grove talks about the nature of craftsmanship at TEDx FlourCity.

In a TEDx talk, respected multi-media artist Scott Grove discusses what is craftsmanship and how the term is applied in an age of increasing technology.

Grove, who is known for award-winning veneer and inlay work, whimsical sculptures, and elaborate period architectural restoration work, took to the TEDx stage to explore the very nature of craftsmanship as it relates to handwork. He posits that modern technology has blurred the line between true craftsmanship, which he relates to handwork, and technology, which he relates to automation.

Grove has been a multi-time winner in the Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge, and he has also served as a judge in the competition. Some of the examples he cites in his talk include veneer and marquetry done by hand or with the aid of technology such as lasers and CNC machines.

Grove is also an educator and author. In recognition of his longstanding achievements and efforts, Grove was named a Wood Industry Market Leader by Woodworking Network in 2021.

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William Sampson

William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.