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Somehow this subject morphed into CAD/CAM discussion, which is an
interesting subject in itself, but the question " what is and who is
a goldsmith ?" have much broader implications. So, with your
permission, I will try to nudge this question towards a wider
I promise to do it without any scatological references. I sympathize
with all of you, who express their dismay at the form that one
individual on this forum have chosen to express his opinions. As
disagreeable as it is, we have to come to grips with the fact, that
certain ways of upbringing leave an indelible mark on person's
behavior thought their lives. So, we simply have to accept it and
Historically, a goldsmith was a person who worked with gold.
However, this simple description implies quite a lot. What is the
difference between coppersmith and goldsmith? The methods of shaping
of the metal is almost the same; tools are largely interchangeable;
scale of objects is different, but it can be ignored for the purposes
of this discussion.
The difference is that goldsmith must carefully preserve every bit
of metal, and very carefully chose methods of fabrication, with this
preservation in mind. Coppersmith does not have this impediments. No
good craftsman would waste anything, but it is secondary for
everybody, except goldsmith.
This constant concern for the metal, over the ages, produced a type
of craftsman with unique ways of thinking, and ingenious fabrication
methods. Let's face it, it is not difficult to produce what goldsmith
does, if use of industrial equipment is allowed. It is exceptionally
difficult, if one has to rely only on hand tools.
This sheds some light on CAD/CAM approaches. While results may be the
same, or almost the same - the way to achieve it makes a difference.
Desire to accumulate wealth is almost universal. If a person build
business, employ people, and accumulate wealth this way, we welcome
it. If a person achieve the same result by selling drugs on the
street corner, most of us will reject this idea of wealth
accumulation. So, to define what and who is a goldsmith ? we must
consider the process itself.