Monthly Archives: April 2013

Designer’s Alphabet, N is for ……

Is for niche. A recess built into a wall to house a statue, trophy, or work of art. Often niches are capped with a semi-dome. The domes were sometimes carved to mimic the inside of a seashell. Found in Roman … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Designer’s Alphabet, N is for ……

Music for the Eyes

Renaissance architects saw a clear connection between music and design. They equated proportions with musical notes and often said pleasing proportions were music for the eyes. There’s a rich legacy of this musical/proportional connection going back to ancient Greece, yet … Continue reading

Posted in Design Book | 1 Comment

Design Critique April 2013

Document Tom Schaefer offered up a chair design he’s been working on for a critique. You can click on the link above to a PDF that shows his sketches for the design. As always with a critique your comments are … Continue reading

Posted in design critique | 5 Comments

Down the Rabbit Hole

Last Friday Jim Tolpin shared a brief teaser about the artisan design language we explored together in our soon to be released book “By Hand & Eye”. In the comments that followed, Jim made a reference to the Rabbit Hole. … Continue reading

Posted in Design Book, Rabbit Hole | 4 Comments

Design or engineer?

My brother and I looked on as a gunsmith at Colonial Williamsburg expertly fit together a black walnut stock with a metal lock. Without raising an eye the artisan patiently answered our questions as though we were fresh off the … Continue reading

Posted in Design Basics, The Classic Orders, Uncategorized | 2 Comments