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By Hand & Eye This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here For someone who had no idea about proportions and artisan dimensioning this book was amazing My only minor gripe is as follows At some point in the book it was mentioned that they would show how to mark directly onto the stock Truth be told, I did skim some of the exercises but I don t think this was covered I deduce from the book overall that you should use a separate module or story pole as a source of dimensions and that these external references could be used to mark the stock However For someone who had no idea about proportions and artisan dimensioning this book was amazing My only minor gripe is as follows At some point in the book it was mentioned that they would show how to mark directly onto the stock Truth be told, I did skim some of the exercises but I don t think this was covered I deduce from the book overall that you should use a separate module or story pole as a source of dimensions and that these external references could be used to mark the stock However, I interpret this to be an indirect marking system The worst case of empty pattern recognition misfiring since a failing design student learned about the golden ratio in the early 19th century, though instead of phi Walker and Tolpin find small integers everywhere It s not that these ratios don t exist in most of the designs they look at they re just so trivial that their presence is as surprising and deep as finding a connection between a pair of apples and the number 2 They almost approach awareness of this fact in a note after an exercis The worst case of empty pattern recognition misfiring since a failing design student learned about the golden ratio in the early 19th century, though instead of phi Walker and Tolpin find small integers everywhere It s not that these ratios don t exist in most of the designs they look at they re just so trivial that their presence is as surprising and deep as finding a connection between a pair of apples and the number 2 They almost approach awareness of this fact in a note after an exercise they put to the reader VERY IMPORTANT Once the drawing is complete, go back and set your dividers to some of the simple divisions from your module key and probe the drawing for relationships You will be pleasantly surprised to see how many simple proportions you wove into this without realizing it.Even so, many of the ratios they find in existing designs especially the inevitable Classic Orders still manage to be spurious, in exactly the same way they ve always been spurious, relying on fudged measurements and squinting Look at how the diameter of this Doric column returns in its superstructure Ignore that the diameter of the column varies continuously along its length.Moreover, this supposed philosophy of ratios is never synthesised into anything meaningful, and while the authors designs in the final chapter mostly aren t overtly poorly proportioned, that s just because it s harder to accidentally design an ugly piece of furniture than a decent one.Lost Art Press books keep setting themselves up as being very interesting and then hugely underdelivering Still, if it getspeople to use their dividersoften, I guess this one doesn t hurt A wonderful read getting back to the basic artisan methods of furniture design building Muchthan that, it open your inner eye to the relations proportions in the natural worldsomething we all could gain a better understanding of if we take the time to learn Definately a great book to read whether you are a furniture maker or have any desire to improve your self as a architect or craftsman A wonderful read getting back to the basic artisan methods of furniture design building Muchthan that, it open your inner eye to the relations proportions in the natural worldsomething we all could gain a better understanding of if we take the time to learn Definately a great book to read whether you are a furniture maker or have any desire to improve your self as a architect or craftsman This was pretty good, definitely worth reading if you like the books from Lost Art Press I had a couple of minor gripes with it First, the author suggested an exercise for drawing a the Greek architectural orders as a way to develop a sense of design It included an illustration for a Doric column with few instructions on how to proceed that s ok, but it made it difficult , but had none of the others, and no suggestions where to find them It left me wondering what to do next.The second gr This was pretty good, definitely worth reading if you like the books from Lost Art Press I had a couple of minor gripes with it First, the author suggested an exercise for drawing a the Greek architectural orders as a way to develop a sense of design It included an illustration for a Doric column with few instructions on how to proceed that s ok, but it made it difficult , but had none of the others, and no suggestions where to find them It left me wondering what to do next.The second gripe is about the compass and straightedge exercises, which has only one illustration for each one It would have been clearer had there been small multiples of the steps On the website, there was an expanded, animated version, but for a book that s made to last acid free paper, nice binding to then have to go to a website to figure out the steps is a pain By Hand Eye is a deep dive into the world of history, architecture and design And the authors have emerged with armloads of pearls for readersInstead of serving up a list of formulas with magical names ie the Golden Section, the Rule of Thirds that will transform the mundane into perfection, George R Walker and Jim Tolpin show how much of the world is governed by simple proportions, noting how ratios such as and were ubiquitous in the designs of pre industrial artisans And the tool that helps us explore this world, then as now, are dividersThe key to good design is to master these basic notes much like learning to sing do, re, mi How to do this is the subject of the first three quarters of the book It offers exercises, examples and encouragement in opening your inner eye, propping it up with toothpicks and learning the simple geometry that will help you improve your designThe last quarter of By Hand Eye takes these principles and puts them into practice by designing nine projects that are decidedly contemporary proof positive that design isn t reserved for highboys and th century Philadelphia side chairs The projects show all of the book s design principles in full flower, and yet the projects are small enough and simple enough for the most part that you can use them as a way to explore the book s concepts without risking a lot of wood or time in the process


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