Category Archives: By Hand & Eye

Fractions in the Real World

Here’s a page from a forthcoming pamphlet I’m working on about the geometric truths that underlie – and led to the development of – all our layout tools, including (and ending up at) the sector. If you have kids around … Continue reading

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Make (or Buy) a Sector and Learn to Use it

If you haven’t heard of the sector, it probably means you aren’t an artillery officer or a ship’s navigator working in the 17th century. An invention attributed to the great astronomer Galileo, the sector was a calculation instrument comprised of … Continue reading

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Ex Nihilo

The ancient “geometers” believed that geometry was the key to comprehending the incomprehensible; that an understanding of its inherent truths was the key to unlocking the mystery of how the “Gods” created order from chaos. The development of geometric constructions … Continue reading

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The New ‘By Hand & Eye’ Website and Online Course

The authors of “By Hand & Eye” and “By Hound & Eye” have launched a beautiful and informative new website that you should add to your browser or RSS feed. The website is appropriately called “By Hand & Eye Online” … Continue reading

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Harmonic Proportions

“By Hound and Eye” isn’t for everyone. If you’re a geometry whiz or an 18-century cabinet maker, you probably won’t learn anything new from the workbook. I’ve created a three-question quiz to help each blog reader decide whether or not … Continue reading

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Step One: Make a Compass

It was fast, fun and addictively satisfying. Like crack. Er, I mean Sudoku, that first time you played it. Continue reading

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Almost Done: ‘By Hound & Eye’

Since returning home Saturday I have been pushing hard to get “By Hound & Eye” to the printer so we will have it out in time for Woodworking in America – yes, we are attending, and yes we will have … Continue reading

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