Because you do need hell lot of big, expensive and otherwise useless tools (big bandsaw, big tablesaw, thickness sander). Not everybody have a workshop
What is the use for that tools after you finally cut your very local tree into pieces? They will just collect dust.
a small table saw cost about the same as a table top bandsaw. a small table saw cuts thin sheet stock and thats it, a 10 inch bandsaw will resaw straight cuts and also cut out frames and curves etc and it can also rip down smaller size logs. For the money which tool is a better investment?
While a perfect quality wood is just a few clicks away. It is smooth, has no defects and do not require any tools to start using it. You only need a small tools that you need for actual modelling.
This is the point i was trying to get across to our German friend. Why bother doing it yourself just pay someone else to do it for you. The only draw back is you are limited to what that dealer has in his stock. Ivan was saying it is the thrill of finding a unique wood or a wood that is 450 years old, or wood you personally selected for color and charactor. i think Ivan has that old world craftsmanship idea we do not, we want it now, want it fast, we want it free of defects and nice and smooth because we do not want to take the time and effort.
If a lot of people are willing to pay for "pear,box and holly" instead of buying big tools to cut the wood themselves - that only means that they are not smart enough, and not making a rational choices, of course. And not a real builders, obviously. It is just like building a lego bricks, if you do not cut your own wood out of the log.
i may be misinterpreting what your saying. but i think you are saying if you do not harvest your own wood, cut it and dry it yourself you are not a real model builder and someone like a person who builds using pre made Lego blocks. That is way off the point. In my yard at any day i will have about 20 tons of wood. I belong to the wood carvers and wood turners clubs. Members come to my place to look for pieces for their projects. i watch some of these guys as they will spend a hour looking for the perfect piece of wood they will stare at it, touch it, lay it down and pick it up again and again like they are waiting for the spirit in the wood to move them. Years ago i would send wood to Lloyd McCaffery you can see his work in the book Ships In miniature. anyhow i would send sample after sample and 7 out of 10 are rejected because Lloyd has a vision in his head exactly what he wanted. Perfect character and color, perfect texture. There is something beyond taking sticks and sheets out of a box or a bundle of wood someone took off a shelf and cut up then sent you as good enough. What Ivan and Lloyd, Hahn and Crabtree felt in their wood working might be just a bit more than your average guy. It is that something extra and not because if you don't cut your own your wood your a lego builder.
Can it be said building from the run of the mill wood taken off a pile, cut for you by someone and sent to your door good enough and those who really have a deep understanding of the art are better than us? maybe got to admit their work does inspire and there must be a reason for that. Hahn use to ask me for wood and i would say ok i will bring some to the next meeting. He said oh no i will come to you and select it.
I do not think this topic has anything to do with builders who buy pre milled wood VS those who collect, process and mill their own or the idea one builder is better than the other.
Edited by daves, 06 October 2015 - 05:53 PM.