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#1 posted 04-17-2018 07:53 PM

Learned to turn through trial & error, reading library & buying books, buying & watching videos, and attending turning seminars. Kind of learned about proportion and ratios without using any math. Back then advice given pretty simple checkout library books on pottery, both clay or glass forms. Make a scrap book of pictures of turning that inerest you.

Del Stubbs bowl turning video showed how to develop good form couple different ways using lines on paper & mirrow, chain and string. Del worked with Bob Stockdale for awhile before leaving woodturning altogether and became known for knives he makes.

Richard Raffan does the same in his book, “Turned-Bowl Design.” Raffan goes on to discuss golden mean and golden rectangle but goes on to illustrate different forms.

I have a copy of Woodturning Design where gent discribes how to use but tells you the golden mean not always perfect.

Russ makes a good case for using both the golden mean and rule of thirds.

Cannot remember the ladies name but she turned a perfect vase without using the golden mean and called out Russ about that fact in post over at Wood Central several years ago. Russ a real gentelmen praised her work without getting angry in his reply. There is a math formula giving you proportions & ratios for every line you want to put on paper, or computer programs which let you see your design on comper screen.

I can use my fibanocci gauge to make layout lines right on the lathe whether trying to turn a blowl, hollow form, or spindle. Also lik the freedom to just turn small items without marking lines using just a ruler and pencil.

Think that Woodturning Design PDF file posted earlier not bad reference not only free but Uden’s undertook an ardous task of making sense of design options for woodturners.

Lee, guess didn’t have my nap but fuzzy or fussy butt works for me!

-- Bill

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