Category Archives: By Hand & Eye

Meet the Author: George Walker

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

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Classic Orders – An Exercise

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

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Meet the Author: Jim Tolpin

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

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Does This Entasis Make me Look Fat?

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

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The Degree to Which Your Angle Lies

Here’s an old school carpenter’s (or landscaper’s) method of laying out a line, such as a foundation form or a hedge row, to a specified angle. The tools needed are simple, primitive even: A length of rope marked at a … Continue reading

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Hexagoned!

We (and our kids) were all inoculated with enough Geometry during middle school to “know” the Pythagorean theorem. You know, the one that enables us to rattle off:  “A squared plus B squared equals C squared.”  But that particular manifestation … Continue reading

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Plumbing the Mystery of the Mason’s Medal

In this sketch I did of a Masonic “Past-Master’s Jewels” medal,  notice the representation of the pythagorean theorem. It is reported that its presence on the owner’s medal indicates that person was what we would likely now call a crew … Continue reading

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