Seems like as good a place as any to address an issue that has just recently come to my attention.
I addressed this issue, gently, in another thread and as much as I hate to rehash it, circumstances make me suspect it needs some clarification and reinforcement.
The Guild was formed as a scholarly..."educational"...organization. Everything follows from that simple and abiding fact.
The Forum was founded as an adjunct of the Guild to present and promote the Guild's philosophies and mission. In a very real sense the Guild and the Crispin Colloquy are one.
In that regard let me underscore several understandings:
The Forum was created to address the needs of serious students of the Trade as well as those more proficient members who can, and do, represent a reservoir of knowledge and skills...the which needs to be preserved and respected..
- The word "Traditionalist" is not a pejorative term on this Forum.
- To be a "purist" is an accolade.
- Historical accuracy and technical rigour are respected and encouraged.
Current and prospective members who can accept these principles as given...regardless of skill level, work habits or ultimate goals...and who can respect those who articulate that perspective, are welcome here.
Those members who are made uncomfortable with passion and unflinching dedication to the Trade, past and present, may need to rethink their association here.
Yr. Hmb. Svt.