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Being a woodworking craftsman I'm amazed at what the old craftsmen were able to create 100's of years ago with just basicly hand tools if you compare those tools too what is used today.

Discover the hidden features and intricate interior of this cabinet.

One of the finest achievements of European furniture making, this cabinet is the most important product from Abraham (1711–1793) and David Roentgen's (1743–1807) workshop. A writing cabinet crowned with a chiming clock, it features finely designed marquetry panels and elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button. Owned by King Frederick William II, the Berlin cabinet is uniquely remarkable for its ornate decoration, mechanical complexity, and sheer size.


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Sad thing is with todays technology they can copy it in 4 differernt matrix and duplicate no sweat. The new virtual copiers are absolutely amazing. Me I'm old school as that is indeed cool---John

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Thanks Skip.

When you really ponder and consider the thinking, planning, and execution to produce something like this, it's humbling.

That these amazing items were made by hand, by candlelight, using what are considered today to be 'crude' tools, it makes modern workmanship seem sad by comparison.


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Few things I'm convinced of---

One of them is the arrogance of modern man thinking he is inherently more "smart" than those that came before.

Hiram of Tyre would still outclass most.

That was a cool video--- Thanks, Skip.

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