I read magazines starting at the back page and work to the front. I’m weird that way. So I’d never presume to tell someone how to read something. Left, right, up, down, bedroom, bathroom, boudoir.
Several readers have commented that there isn’t a lot of design information in “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” That shocked me because I think there is more design information in there than I intended to include.
Perhaps my response is because of the way I design things.
There are 24 ways to approach design. I know four methods pretty well. One is an architectural approach that you will find in “By Hand & Eye” and “By Hound & Eye.” It’s a great way to design good-looking pieces. (If I didn’t think so, we wouldn’t have published these two important books).
There is a prototyping method that you’ll find in the people who like James Krenov. It also works as I’ve seen it first hand.
Jeff Miller – a highly talented designer – has a different approach that he’ll explain in a forthcoming book.
And there is simple Gothic geometry. Oh, and my approach, which is nothing like the above methods.
For those of you who are looking for the maximum amount of in-the-vein design information, here’s how I’d approach reading my own dang book. (First I’m going to sit on my hands for 10 minutes so that when I type this it will feel like a stranger did it.)
“The Anarchist’s Design Book” is organized with a few introductory chapters that explain my ideas. Then the chapters on building stuff are interspersed with short chapters that are jabs at furniture design and the way we go about it.
So let’s say you need the “Cliff’s Notes” to this book and you can’t find them at Waldenbooks. Here’s how to pass the final without reading the entire book.
Read chapters 1-5:
1: Don’t Make the Furniture of your Gaoler
2: A Guide to Uncivil Engineering
3: An Introduction to Staked Furniture
4: Staked Sawbench
5: Extrude This
That’s pretty easy. Now be sneaky. Skip ahead to read:
9: Heavy Buddhist Feedback
13: Seeing Red
Drink a beer. Read:
14: Bare Bones Basics of Nail Technology
15: Boarded Tool Chest
16: To Make Anything
That will get you familiar with boarded technology. Whilst you get a refill, consider reading:
20: Fear Not
Finally, unlike most books I put a crap-ton of work into the appendices in “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” Look them over and read what interests you.
And that’s it, you are done.
The test is next Thursday.
— Christopher Schwarz