Category Archives: From Truths to Tools

The Graphic Rule

This excerpt from our latest book, “From Truths to Tools,” speaks to a rather esoteric, but highly useful, rule for use with scaled drawings: Here’s a typical, traditionally drawn small boat plan: To find the dimension of any particular part … Continue reading

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The Hidden Hexagon

You may remember this page from the introduction to “From Truths to Tools“: We’ve had a few folks ask about the “hidden hexagon” mentioned in the text, and we think it’s time to share the answer with everyone. This also … Continue reading

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Spiling Batten

This is an excerpt from “From Truths to Tools” by George Walker and Jim Tolpin; Illustrated by Andrea Love.  Just out of curiosity, let’s see what happens when we draw a circle, then switch the dividers’ legs around. Being sure … Continue reading

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Geometry in Time for the Holidays

In the spirit of the holidays, let’s perform some simple, ancient geometry to create the iconic symbols of the two religions celebrating major holidays this month. You’ll need only a compass, a straightedge, a piece of paper and a couple … Continue reading

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Carvers & Compassers: Save This Date

I am pleased to announce that Mary May and George Walker will be at the Lost Art Press storefront on Dec. 9 to celebrate the release of their new books. Mary, the author of “Carving the Acanthus Leaf,” and George, … Continue reading

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‘Carving the Acanthus’ Will Ship Early

We just received word from our printer that “Carving the Acanthus Leaf” by Mary May shipped to our warehouse yesterday, two weeks ahead of schedule. That means our warehouse will receive the books next week and we should be able … Continue reading

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Solving Spans with Sticks, Strings, Sightlines & Stones

In this excerpt from our book, “From Truths to Tools,” we show how the carpenter/geometers of antiquity used the simplest of tools – those mentioned with almost annoying alliteration in the title – to solve for an unknown distance.    … Continue reading

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