Comment 68274

By highwater (registered) | Posted August 19, 2011 at 09:49:57 in reply to Comment 68271

But I know that will never happen here because I actually think about what I've read before adding to a thread.

Well aren't you special.

Modern tradesmen haven't any artful skills they can brag about anymore; They've got their cordless drills and bags of screws strewn all over the floor. Stone masons, woodworkers and genuine craftsmen are things of the past which ensures anything built today certainly won't last.

If most modern tradespeople no longer have these skills, the blame should be laid at the feet of the laws of supply and demand. Stone cutting, fine finish carpentry, and beautiful, durable materials are more expensive and the majority of end-users don't appreciate these things enough to make them worth the extra cost.

These skills haven't disappeared altogether, however. There is a niche market for high-quality construction, and there are craftspeople around who serve it. The majority of people aren't able to pay them what they're worth of course, but the real tragedy (and the reason for the sleazon) is that many people who are able are unwilling (and when it comes to public buildings, that means us), and that's not the fault of craftspeople.

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