this video is fender shop 1959 home movie
it appears like there is no dust collection, eye protection, and so forth. there are people with basic talents repeating assembly-line style pieces to make a USA handmade guitar. But they have a look and a feel that is highly sought after. They have that “handmade” feel about them.
I’ve always felt that handmade had to be made by the designer him/herself (leo fender for ex).
I’ve always thought handmade requires human hands with attention to a certain level of quality.
Although there are established definitions for handmade:
“made by hand, not by machine, esp with care or craftsmanship”
“made by an individual, rather than one made by mass production“
i see “handmade” in the guitars that leo fender had his workers put together in that shop in 1959. And note they were intended for “mass production.” And besides, machines are upgraded hand tools. Hand tools with engines.
I’m dazzled to see an old home-movie style video like this because it shows people making things. the same sorts of things I do with guitars and wood and leather and idea. I push and pull the materials to make something that may one day hold deep personal value for someone, and with some luck, may be the tool through which real poetry and voice is given to generations of people down the line. And people will enable that with their hands and there brains and their talents.
This video inspires in one sense because it is people turning one material into another. Transformation of this earth-sandbox into forms which form human civilization.