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- The Case for Long, Long (16’) LumberI use Southern yellow pine for a lot of shop projects, especially for building workbenches and sawbenches. But I also … The post The Case for Long, Long (16’) Lumber appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Sorry, But I Have to Mention Fire SafetyLast week, the woodshop across the street from mine caught on fire. Luckily, no one was hurt, the firemen arrived … The post Sorry, But I Have to Mention Fire Safety appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Yes, Ripple Moulding Exists (and is Awesome)Whenever I explain how “ripple moulding” is made by a “waving engine” – a circa 17th-century machine – most woodworkers … The post Yes, Ripple Moulding Exists (and is Awesome) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Limbert – Second Fiddle to the Stickleys?Like any Arts & Crafts enthusiast, I like the Gustav and L. & J.G. Stickley classics. But ever since I … The post Limbert – Second Fiddle to the Stickleys? appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- The Case for Long, Long (16’) Lumber
LostArtPress on InstagramThank goodness that monkeys today have much better choices when it comes to footwear for cycling. #sponsoredGerman archaeologists are a good deal more practical than the French, British or American ones I’ve worked with. But that knowledge didn’t prepare me for the three little words Rüdiger Schwarz said to me on June 8, 2017. “Pick it up.” The “it” was a low workbench that had been recovered in 1901 from well No. 49 at the Roman fort in Saalburg, Germany. Though the scientists at Saalburg haven’t been able to date this particular workbench, a second similar bench from well No. 49 was dated to 187 C.E. That would make this “it” the oldest surviving workbench of which I am aware. And “it” was between my legs. Dutifully, I reached down, grasped one end of the cool black surface of the oak bench and lifted it a few inches off the floor. Rüdiger grasped the other end. We guided the bench about 3' into a small hallway. I put it down as gently I could – my hands trembling and my stomach lurching. Then, like a team of coroners, Rüdiger, Bengt Nilsson, Görge Jonuschat and I examined every detail of the bench, from toolmarks on its underside to the interior configuration of the mortise for the planing stop. We measured the bench. Photographed everything. We took a break, then we came back and repeated the process to make sure we hadn’t missed anything. — from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz #Ingenious_MechanicksHere’s our final isometric concept sketch. We can step off relationships of elements right on this drawing to “smooth out” in whole-number ratios what our eyes find pleasing. We refined the design elements in the following order: 1 - The height of the leg plinth (which may also be the transition point for a taper) 2 - The size of the apron (and drawer faces) 3 - The size of the corner brackets 4 - The width of the legs 5 - The length of the drawers 6 - The overhang and curvature of the top You don’t always have to follow this order, but we chose them based on a combination of traditional (Grecian mostly) proportioning schemes and personal experience. — from “By Hound and Eye” by Geo R. Walker & Jim Tolpin; illustrated by Andrea Love #By_Hound_and_Eye
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Category Archives: By Hand & Eye
This is an excerpt from “By Hand and Eye” by Geo. R. Walker and Jim Tolpin. “[Architectural ornamentation] liberates us from the tyranny of the useful and satisfies our need for harmony.” — Roger Scruton Traditionally, ornament and mouldings were employed to punctuate and emphasize a form. … Continue reading
Editor’s note: Sorry, this post is not about “Game of Thrones.” George and I often get asked which book should be read first, and we don’t have a quick answer. Because our research has been a quest, we didn’t write … Continue reading
The first magazine article George Walker ever published appeared in Astronomy Magazine. At the time, he was working a lot of hours as the midnight shift supervisor at The Timken Company, a Canton, Ohio, factory that engineers and manufactures bearings … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “By Hand and Eye” by Geo. R. Walker and Jim Tolpin. The lifeblood of craft has always depended on knowledge passing from one generation to the next, and I struggle finding words to convey the importance … Continue reading
In early March 2017, Jim Tolpin woke up in the middle of the night with a revelation: He finally understood where trigonometry comes from. “I was actually just working on that when you called,” he says. “And I actually think … Continue reading
Well no, dear, the curvaceous tapering just makes you look muscular. Or maybe it’s just an optical illusion. Or maybe the builders knew that the swelling, though slight, imparted a bit more strength to the column. But let’s not get … Continue reading