Design starts with a pattern in the sky, a curl in the stem of a plant, the swirl in a coffee cup. It starts with an idea. There is no one single place from which it begins. And so the designer must grab serendipity when it strikes and use it as a stepping stone, a starting point, and then choose from the infinite number of choices then possible. Inspiration is serendipitous. Design on the other hand is hard work and trials and errors and execution. It is iteration and reiteration. It has ...
Think about how you look at others’ work. You don’t look for every mistake. You look at the scope of the project, the effort required. You consider the time spent on design. You see the form, the choice of wood and think about the time taken to mill the lumber. The hours spent on joining pieces together and the detail in the joinery and the weeks spent on shaping and sanding and how the hardware is hung. You step back and look at the whole piece and you know in your heart how much...
We forget that the moon is out. We forget that rivers run underneath us. We forget that we can make things with our hands and heart.We believe that the world is now held in the palm of our hands. It is instead all around us. We just have to look up and notice it.Remember to remain curious. Believe that you don’t have the only way of doing things. Keep open to change. Forgive yourself your mistakes and keep doing good work. The Northwest Woodworking Studio
So I’ve been playing around with Sketchup this afternoon and I am a bit stuck. I came across a design for a writing desk top that I really liked, but my problem is that I cannot figure out a good base for it to sit on. I came up with this design, but I am not happy with it because it doesn’t fit with my normal aesthetic. It feels a little too much on the modern side and box-y. (Dimensions: 40×20x30) Any suggestions?
If you use a clipboard on the job, you know how difficult it is to find a place to put it down while you handle the tape measure or tools you’re using. There’s never a good place to put it except to tuck it under your arm where it often gets dropped. Solve that problem by building a clipboard with a spring clamp on the back and you’ll never look for a spot to put it down again. Here's a YouTube video which shows more details.
Creating Your Own Patterns and Designs – Extra Features In this lesson, I’ll show you some extra features found in the Pattern Wizard that are very useful.If you’ve found these lessons helpful, please share these lesson links and the Pattern Wizard download link (below) with others via email, social media, and with your LJ Buddies. Download your free Pattern Wizard trial here – http://rapidresizer.com/index.php/164
Creating Your Own Patterns and Designs – Printing Your Patterns Printing your patterns so they can be applied to the wood is an important process. I’ll show you how this is done in today’s lesson. You can print 3 patterns using your free trial. After that you will need the full version. I’d encourage you to get both the Pattern Wizard and Rapid Resizer together as the savings are substantial.Download your free Pattern Wizard trial here – http://rapidresizer.co...
Creating Your Own Patterns and Designs – Free Form Free form patterns are very popular and create beautiful carvings. But drawing the pattern can be challenging and intimidating as many don’t feel they have the artistic ability needed to draw the pattern. I’ll show you how to overcome this obstacle by using a great feature of the Pattern Wizard. Download your free Pattern Wizard trial here – http://rapidresizer.com/index.php/164You will need this to follow along ...
Note: if you are enjoying these lessons, please share this LJ link – http://lumberjocks.com/MyChipCarving/blog/39869 with your LJ buddies, email and social media friends. Thank you. Creating Your Own Patterns and Designs – Adding Text Carving letters and numbers on your project is a fantastic way to personalize your work. But adding the text to your pattern is not always as straightforward as the carving. Learn how to use the Pattern Wizard to add text to your patterns in th...
Creating Your Own Patterns and Designs – Grids Carving a grid is a great way to showcase your talents. Drawing them the old-fashioned way like I did for a long time, using a t-square, ruler, and compass, is time consuming and tedious. I’ll show you how fast it is to create a grid using the Pattern Wizard in this lesson. Download your free Pattern Wizard trial here – http://rapidresizer.com/index.php/164You will need this to follow along in this lesson series. Scroll do...
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