By Hand & Eye

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  • #11150
    Ken
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    #11161
    Greg Merritt
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    I’m very much looking forward to this book.  Ive been using dividers and the sector in the shop as much as I can.  The less I use my ruler the more accurate I become.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #11164
    Ed
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    I’ve watched a couple videos by George Walker and found them fascinating. He talked about proportions, design, and the relationship between classical architecture (orders) and design elements in furniture. This new book sounds interesting.

     

    #13206
    Greg Merritt
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    OK…I now have this book, “By Hand & Eye“, in my hands and can highly recommend it. The book introduces and explains the use of proportions for furniture design. This system will give you guidelines to properly proportion a piece to obtain the most pleasing forms. This system will also free you from the use of ruler dimensions and allow you to increase or decrease the scale of a project or adjust a project to fit the available lumber while maintaining the form. Dividers are heavily employed in this method and I have found their use to be both, liberating and highly accurate. The book contains drawing exercises that will walk you through geometric constructions up through the layout of a classic order Doric Column. The book also contains several projects, I’ve not built any of them yet, that will introduce you to the use of the system for actually producing a finished piece.
    Even if you have no interest in using the system, the book is a good primer on geometric constructions for woodworking.
    Give it look and see what you think.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #13207
    Ken
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    Sounds Interesting Greg, thanks for the info.

    #13222
    George Bridgeman
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    My copy is waiting for me at the post office. I’ll pick it up next week. Thanks for your feedback on it, Greg. Good to see you recommending it.

    I’m still making my way through ‘With The Grain’ so it’ll be a week before I can start a new one!

    George.

    "To know and not do is to not know"

    #13225
    Greg Merritt
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    Not sure how much weight my recommendation carries…but hope that you enjoy it George.
    How are you finding “With the Grain”? I haven’t pulled the trigger on that one yet.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #13278
    Greg Merritt
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    For those of you who are reading this book…the Doric column exercise is a challenge. Spent several hours today but I got thru it. I think its correct…learned quite a bit about proportions.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #13285
    George Bridgeman
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    Not sure how much weight my recommendation carries…but hope that you enjoy it George.<br>
    How are you finding “With the Grain”? I haven’t pulled the trigger on that one yet.

    Well you are much better at drawing than I am so your recommendation carries some weight!

    “With The Grain” is fantastic. It’s like a more readable version of “Understanding Wood”. It’s more difficult to read than most other woodworking books though because there’s not a whole lot you can go and try straight away and see the results – like a new type of joint or different technique. It’s a book that applies to the craft as a whole so you learn a lot but have to keep reminding yourself what’s in it because it applies to everything you do when working with wood, but in a really general sense.

    George.

    "To know and not do is to not know"

    #13287
    Greg Merritt
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    Thanks George.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #13290
    Ed
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    Who is the author / publisher of “With the Grain?” Thanks! -Ed

    #13293
    Ken
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    Who is the author / publisher of “With the Grain?” Thanks! -Ed

    With the Grain: A Craftsman’s Guide to Understanding Wood

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