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#1 posted 04-18-2018 08:13 PM

Rick M, sorry for the confusing also think; I could have used better choice of words. If take at look at Woodturbing Design.PDF file by the Uden’s think will see several choices can follow when thinking about design.

Good design is more than just proportions and ratios. Design elements & principles also come into play but we haven’t even discussed them. Lot of that depends on wood figure, defects to show or fill, coloring, or material turning and most of all personal choices.

Its true don’t think much of the golden mean but JMHO. Did quite well without golden mean and Fibonacci gauge for more than a couple of years. Even with my gauge don’t always use it but nice to have marking off lines into thirds with a pencil right on the lathe.

Know a highly regarded woodturner recently moved his turning school from PA to NC famous for saying he designs with his gouge as he turns!

Just know my woodturning improved a lot learning about rule of thirds from Rude Osolinik. Lessons from both David & Rude don’t make woodturning complicated.

Only thing could add to what they have said is don’t afraid to fail just go for it. If you are okay with the golden mean, or rule of thirds, and anything else go for it.

-- Bill

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