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lew

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1661 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tip wood turning design proportions

Just received this in a newsletter. Thought someone may be able to use it.

http://www.woodturner-russ.com/Design-2.html

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.


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Loucarb

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#1 posted 1661 days ago

Thanks Lew that’s great. I can use all the turning tips I can get my hands on.

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#2 posted 1660 days ago

Thanks for the link. It will come in handy.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 1660 days ago

I do appreciate your trying to help us turners Lew. I use the golden rule all the time, but not much with turning. Of the pieces shown as an example in the article, personally I only liked one of them. I’m not saying this to be onery and I certainly am no master of shapes. It’s just that I have seen a lot of fantastic turning that doesn’t comply to this rule. Also, one of the things I enjoy most about turning is the freedom to turn to a shape my eye likes without thinking too much about rules. Another point is that many turnings are items of use and often the use dictates the shape rather than a beauty rule. Sometimes ugly is more artful than beauty. Do you see where I am going with this? It is an interesting topic and it would be fun to hear some more opinions on it. Maybe we can all benefit from others thoughts. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 1660 days ago

Mike,

I totally agree with the “form follows function” design. In fact most of the things I make are done that way.

My biggest problem is when creating something from my imagine. The picture in my minds eye never makes it to the work piece. My proportions always seem exaggerated.

Thanks for the comment. It helps me to know that one way is not always the only way to do something.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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stefang

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#5 posted 1660 days ago

Lew, you might try first making a sketch of what you want. I do this, and often I find that I can’t really draw it because I didn’t really have a clear image of it my mind. If you can’t get the shape you want in the sketch you probably won’t get it the turning either. If I like my sketch I just tape it up on the wall behind the lathe as a visual aid. Also I’m sure many turnings would benefit from the golden rule, so if it helps there’s certainly nothing wrong with using it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 1660 days ago

Lew Thanks for posting this! to me its very important to obtain a visual balance when designing a project and this link explains how accomplish that .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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