Category Archives: proportions

useing proportions in furniture design

Most amazing woodworking tool

I have a good friend whose has spent a lifetime collecting arrowheads. He’s got scores of display cases with wonderfully colored flint tools, and many more boxes of broken cutting tools, stone hammers, axes, and various tools for grinding corn. … Continue reading

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Classic order, entablatures

I don’t often look for direct correlation between the classic orders and a furniture design but if you understand the wellspring that feeds western design it can be very helpful. Part of it is actually learning the nomenclature which takes … Continue reading

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Classic Orders, link to a design heritage

 Growing up, Beech Creek divided two very different worlds. On one side, a post war (WWII) housing allotment. Ramrod straight rows of identical boxes each with a driveway attached to the street like teeth on a zipper. The Holloway family … Continue reading

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Classic Orders to guide proportions

Last Friday a woodworking pal of mine stopped by my shop for a little instruction on sharpening plane irons. We went through the basics, how to flatten the back and put a fresh honed edge on the bevel. He was … Continue reading

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Limit the palette and make it memorable

One of the lessons I keep learning over and over again is limiting the palette. Artists often confine themselves to a small handful of colors for a painting and in some cases are able to achieve incredible results working with … Continue reading

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A good beginning

 I used to work with a guy who’s nickname was the Wizard. He was one of those characters who had to top any story you came up with. Your car wreck was just a mere scratch compared to the giant pileup … Continue reading

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The right hat

My first job after high school was as far away as I could get from where I grew up in Ohio. In June of 1975 I found myself on a cattle ranch in Western Montana. My older brother was my … Continue reading

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Golden Rectangle… a different viewpoint

Last Spring I gave a keynote address at the WIA (Woodworking in America) design conference in Chicago. I was a little worried about the audio visual setup and had nightmares about standing in front of two hundred people doing shadow … Continue reading

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Borders

Back in the pre-911 days I took a backpacking trip in Glacier Park with my brother and his wife. We spent four blissful days hiking from the west edge of the park up over Boulder Pass and came out at … Continue reading

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Linking simple shapes with proportions

I once read there are two ways to learn a foreign language, a “High Road” and a “Low Road”. The high road is a path that includes mastering grammar, diagramming sentences, and conjugating verbs. The low road involves learning the … Continue reading

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