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>> Handmade is as the word implies..hand made. So casting is not hand
>> made and thus cannot be considered so.
> Used a sling caster lately? CIA
Seems that those who do, know, those who don't, don't know.
Centrifugal casting by hand or machine is casting, not fabricating.
Past discussions clarified that carving the wax was the handmade
part. The casting of the wax was/is not considered handmade.
Pour an ingot, roll out or forge the metal, you are using your han
ds and tools controlled by your hands to change the shape of the
metal. Unless you are hammering the ingot with the sling caster, if
you are using casting equipment, the metal is not under the control
of your hand. You are formi ng the metal by pouring metal into a
mold, the flask.
Casting produces a product that is in the form you will use. Casting
ingots produces the material that will be formed by hand processes.
Charles, if you made knives, forging knife blades is handmade. If
you knew someone buying a stamped out knife blade and putting handles
on it and calling it handmade, what would you think?
Two groups. Those that understand and try to explain to those that
don't, and those that don't understand and seem to act as a support
group to help each other remain ignorant.
Juxtapose this, our FTC laws compared to how European trained goldsm
iths would refer to their work. Inherent in the training is the
correct concepts of which processes are considered handmade, and E
uropean goldsmiths would not have this discussion.
Richard Hart G.G.