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#1 posted 731 days ago

I work for a mechanical contractor as the sales guy, and our fab shop foreman and I are about the same age. We both agree, that in metal as well as wood, it has to be in the mind’s eye of what it should look like. Having to strictly rely on a set of plans doesn’t get you there. You have to be able to imagine it in 3-D, and be able to know in your mind what the three dimensions are and how they relate to each other. For him, imagining a square to round connector, with a 45’ bend in it is something he has to imagine in the art of ductwork. Very hard to put that on paper, less alone write instructions on how to get there. But if he can imagine it in his mind, and he can, he can devise ways to reach the goal, and not always in ways that might be written down.
Wood is very similar.

I attended an artist’s fair on Sunday after church, and a county fair on Saturday. There were about 80 different artists of all types at these shows, and about 8-10 wood guys. You could see in an instant which ones were working off plans, and which ones were making items with the view I described above.

Personally, I may start with a set of plans, but most of the time I can see the result way before I get there.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com


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