Design is always a challenge. Early in your development as a woodworker / furniture maker you’ll start to ask yourself a whole bunch of design related questions:
· Does this look good?
· Are the proportions right?
· Will it be strong?
· Can I even design this piece?
· What joinery do I need?
· Can I make this?
· How much wood do I need to buy?
Our goal in this class is to introduce you to set of pragmatic tools and techniques that you can use to design a piece of furniture or a small building. We build on techniques explored in George Walker and Jim Tolpin’s book By Hand and Eye and By Hound and Eye. We’ll take you through a series of processes that we believe develop a good design process:
- Understanding proportion through traditional artisanal techniques
- Developing a design
- Techniques for creating a detailed drawing by hand
- Developing cutlists and story sticks
- How to use CAD to experiment, modify ideas, and create detailed drawings and templates
- Developing creative ideas through quick-fire sketching and critique
- This class is jointly taught by Jim Tolpin, Tim Lawson and Andy Pitts
What to bring:
- Drawing Pad (12 x 17) and 8 ½ X 11 quadrille paper
- Mechanical pencil and extra leads (HB)
- Straightedge (12-in.)
- Dividers (6 to 8-in.)
- Compass (6 to 8-in.)
- Sharpening pad for compass lead
- Sector (Students download paper version from Jim's By Hand and Eye website and construct or purchase a sector from Jim in class)
Class Information and Registration
Class starts at 9:00am on the first day.
This class takes place at the Goddard College Building #298 in schoolroom J at Fort Worden. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.
Class size: 15
When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.