Gareth Neal

Founder, Gareth Neal Con­tem­po­rary Fur­ni­ture (http://gareth­

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‘The pen­cil will al­ways be the most im­por­tant tool


It’s crit­i­cal that hand skills are not lost as we en­ter a dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion. There are still el­e­ments within mak­ing that can only be achieved with tra­di­tional meth­ods, but, in many ways, no ob­jects are made by hand alone—there is al­ways a tool in­volved. The dif­fer­ence is of­ten the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the tool still be­ing in the crafts­man’s hand and un­der his con­trol.

Craft ver­sus tech­nol­ogy

The dig­i­tal man­u­fac­turer does put cer­tain tech­niques on the rare-species list, but I see it more as an en­abler that pro­vides op­por­tu­nity and new pos­si­bil­i­ties.

CNC ma­chines

Cer­tain tech­niques in wood­work are la­bo­ri­ous, noisy, dusty and, to be hon­est, not very nice. A CNC can en­able the crafts­man and save him pain and sweat. It of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties for greater dec­o­ra­tion, rep­e­ti­tion, pat­tern and com­plex­ity and a change in the po­ten­tial of aes­thet­ics in de­sign and mak­ing and a health­ier way of life.


CAD can re­solve so many prob­lems prior to mak­ing some­thing—it can pro­vide you with in­for­ma­tion on weights and stresses, cre­at­ing greater op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the de­sign and un­der­stand it in more de­tail and pro­vide the crafts­man with the abil­ity to waste less ma­te­rial and make more ef­fi­ciently.


The pen­cil will al­ways be the most im­por­tant tool and the sec­ond is the sketch­book, with the com­puter com­ing in third.

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