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Forum topic by Claymation posted 975 days ago 1047 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Claymation

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975 days ago

I thought others may want to check this out, too. I don’t know what the video was done it, but looks like it could be replicated fairly easily in something like Sketchup.

http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2011/11/25/traditional-tangent-handrail/

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA


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#1 posted 975 days ago

I think there’s more art than mathematics to achieving fluid handrails. Especially when the math gets way to complex. I say this because the people i’ve known that were great at it were more artistically minded than mathematically so. Of course everything, even the Mona Lisa can be broken down into its sheer mathematics. But that doesn’t mean Leonardo approached it in that manner to create it.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 975 days ago

I tend to agree with miles125. The image on the right looks like the math wiz did it while the center image appears to have been done by someone more artistically minded.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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Claymation

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#3 posted 975 days ago

There’s art and math in almost all woodworking. Rarely can you separate them.

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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#4 posted 961 days ago

I believe all the drawings and graphics were done on Sketchup…and miles125 is right as far as I’m concerned.

The geometric drawings only allow me to create (with accuracy) what’s already in my head. In fact, the “tangent line system” was developed in the mid 1800’s to improve and assist craftsmen who were already engaged in building beautiful staircases with nothing more than their keen eye.

-- Jim Baldwin/18th Century Handrail http://handrailer.com/

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