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Hand and Machine: Making Liturgical Furnishings

A tool in the hand of a craftsperson is an extension of their body, mind and soul. He or she feels the resistance of the stone or wood. Through the tool the material speaks back to them, and they adjust accordingly as they work. There is a dialogue conveyed through the tool…

But what happens when we replace the tool with a machine or some form of technology? How does such mechanisation change the final work, when that intimate connection of the craftsperson and material has been lessened, or even severed? Can the hand and heart keep master of the making?