I have been asked to post our progress in the shop on our works in the blog form.
I will try to post every time we will make progress.
So first of all, this project as our first series is based on an existing box, with the idea to produce it at the highest level and in the style of the period.
This picture have been reshaped to a square format using the skew option in photoshop. It can also be done with the free open source program Gimp.
The pictures are printed roughly laid out by hand then scanned back to the computer to have the drawing made using a vector program illustrator. It can be done using the free open source program inkscape. I can evidently do it by hand, but I like the use of illustrator for the following reason. Each line can be reworked to the intended result without having to redo the all drawing. I can print the line in different thickness and style, doted for example in one clic. The reason to print doted line is to reproduce the effect achieved with the picking machine, cutting dots permits a better precision in the cutting, I will develop that in another post later.
For those who have difficulty to choose the woods, here is a trick. If you save your design as a pdf you can open it in photoshop or gimp. Scan all your woods and add them to your library. Then you just the paint bucket to insert them inside your pieces lines and you can even create a shading effect with the gradient tool.
-- Patrice lejeune