Or....scan and print.Real craftsman a dying breed a pity!
Would have been a great question to address to the guy who comments the visit.(a Gadzart, the name of the former students of Ecoles des Arts et Metiers, one of the greatest school of engineers in France).
My guess would be the shaper. The spinning tools were not used at these times, the lathes were used, but instead of mills there were shapers, if not manual hammer and chisels.
Machines then were also not only functional but a work of art as well. I was looking at the feet and uprights in photo 3, all shaped. If I were to design that now they would probably be just square or round bar with function being my primary concern and of course a client that was screaming for their machine to be delivered. When you consider how much easier it is presently with the equipment that we have available to still do the same. On reflection it is a little sad that we (I include myself) do not look at artistic form when manufacturing machines.
I would tend to only do it with something I was manufacturing for my own workshop or if someone handed me a design to build for them. Yet I always do it when I am making wooden furniture.
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